Council homes in Nottingham are set to get an energy efficiency revamp after Nottingham City Council secured over £5m of funding to roll out its ultra-low energy homes pilot.
The Dutch-style approach, known as Energiesprong, involves a whole-house retrofit. Homes are upgraded with innovative energy-saving and energy-generating measures, including new highly insulated outside walls and windows, a solar roof, and a state of the art heating system.
As a result, the household’s energy demand is greatly reduced and what energy is needed can mostly be generated on site via smart use of renewable energy technologies. Environmental performance is improved to almost net zero carbon, Nottingham City Council said.
The project comes after an initial pilot and will include improvements to over 150 Nottingham City Homes (NCH) properties, tackling some of its older housing stock that is hard to heat, lifting residents out of fuel poverty. The rollout also includes energy efficiency improvements to a city school and a number of homes in Derby managed by Derby Homes.
Esther Lutzuver, an NCH tenant from the initial pilot, told the council how the work had transformed her home.
“These homes were really cold before and I dreaded winters. Before the energy efficiency works I was planning on moving as the cold was just getting too much,” she said. “I really can’t believe the difference the refurb has made. Last winter was so much better, me and my family found the house to be really warm and my energy bills have not got more expensive in fact I’m paying less. I’m so happy living here now, I’m no longer thinking of moving, I’ve recently redecorated the whole house and I’m saving up for a new carpet.”
Last year, a report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Nottingham Trent University called for a nationwide programme of whole-house retrofits to boost the energy efficiency of existing homes, arguing that it is the only way for the UK to achieve its carbon saving goals.