Decarbonisation project launched to make Tamworth homes warmer
Decarbonisation specialists Equans are set to work with Tamworth Council to make council-owned homes warmer by improving energy efficiency.
The project, which is part-funded by a £900,000 grant from the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, aims to upgrade the energy efficiency of the country’s worst performing council homes.
The 50 homes, in the Hockley area of the Tamworth borough, currently have energy performance certificate ratings of E to D, which are poorly insulated and difficult to heat. To combat this, the properties will be fitted with external wall insulation, loft insulation, new windows and doors alongside new roofs.
The improvement work will help to lower carbon emissions as it prevents heat escaping from properties, meaning less energy will be needed to make them warm in the winter.
The extra layer of insulation will also aid with keeping the homes cooler in the summer.
Martin Ardron, operations director at Equans, said: “We are proud to be partnering with Tamworth Council on this much-needed project to upgrade some of the hardest to heat homes in the borough.
“With the well-documented recent rises in energy bills, there’s never been a more important time to help make homes easier to heat. We are sure that this improvement work will make a real difference to residents.”
Councillor Alex Farrell, Tamworth Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Social Housing and Homelessness Prevention, added: “It is great to see that we have secured funding to help support tenants with improving energy savings in their homes.
“The properties in the Hockley area are in urgent need of some improvements to help keep the houses heated and warm. The work will see the homes of our tenants benefit with the installation of external wall insulation, loft insulation, new windows and doors, plus where needed, new roofs.
“We hope this will be the first steps of support that we can offer our tenants in helping reduce household bills and keeping homes warm, while also working towards making Tamworth net-zero by 2050.”
The project is due to be completed by March 2023.