Equans secures contract to retrofit 300 council homes

Equans has been chosen by Birmingham City Council to retrofit 300 homes as part of its commitment to make Birmingham carbon neutral by 2030.

The properties in East Birmingham will be transformed to improve thermal efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and provide energy saving for tenants.

The move is part of plans to decarbonise the council’s 60,000 properties in the region and to address fuel poverty in an affordable and achievable way.

The council says it hopes to achieve this by implementing solutions which can be used to scale up retrofits across the city.

The pilot scheme forms part of the 3 Cities Retrofit programme – one of the largest retrofit initiatives in the UK which could cover nearly 165,000 social homes across Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton.

Councillor Sharon Thompson, cabinet member for housing & homelessness, added: “BCC’s housing stock is a large net contributor to the city’s carbon emissions, accounting for 26% of the city’s total.  Tackling these heat emissions and achieving a ‘net zero’ position is key to us achieving our route to zero commitment”.

Paul Bingham, the regional director for Equans UK & Ireland said: “The council took the bold step of publicly declaring and committing the city to be net zero by 2030.

“This pilot programme is a testament to the council’s dedication to just do that.  We have a long-standing partnership with Birmingham and our broad expertise in energy, regeneration and retrofit means we are primed to make those goals a reality.”

Leader of BCC Ian Ward, said: “These 300 properties are just the start of our ambitious plans to ensure that all our housing stock is carbon neutral by 2030.

“The council has a large estate and the delivery of the 3 Cities Whole House Retrofit Pilot, presents us with a great opportunity to progress towards our net zero carbon ambitions.

“This exciting pilot will also make a significant contribution to economic recovery and growth through creating employment and skills opportunities for local businesses and the local community.”

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