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Giant wall and roof panels to be craned in to make greener homes

4 October 2021

The first of the super energy efficient wall panels will be craned in and installed on council homes in Sneinton this week, as work continues to make them greener and more energy efficient.

This work is part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded Deep Retrofit Energy Model (DREeM) project. This project will make 138 homes in Nottingham greener and cheaper to run, removing 513 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air each year.

Twelve homes, including five houses and seven bungalows on Keswick Street are benefitting from the improvement works that will increase energy efficiency and reduce heating and energy costs for residents.

This project is the latest phase of the award winning and pioneering Energiesprong scheme, where Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham City Council are turning hard-to-heat council homes into net zero energy homes.

The houses and bungalows in Sneinton are currently receiving improvements that will not only make the homes warmer and reduce energy bills for tenants, and also improve the environmental performance of the homes, but helps towards Nottingham’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2028.

This week, three bungalows will have the super insulated wall panels craned in and installed onto the outside of the properties. In addition, four of them will have new super insulated roof structures installed.

NCH tenant Christian Kazadi is one of those having the work done to his house and says: “I cannot wait for the transformation, my house will be warmer and hopefully it will save me money on my bills.”

Another resident, Mr Bostock, said: “I am looking forward to the energy saving transformation”

The improvements happening across the twelve properties, include:  

  • A new energy efficient heating and hot water system including installation of an air source heat pump
  • Removal of existing gas boiler and gas supply
  • Super insulated wall panels
  • New doors and windows (where specified), including new internal window surrounds
  • A new super insulated roof structure on the Bungalows
  • Solar panels
  • Solar battery for energy storage and distribution

Nottingham was the first place in the UK to pilot the ground-breaking whole-house retrofit approach known as Energiesprong, with 46 homes completed. It formed part of the winning submission which saw Nottingham City Council named the UK’s Climate Champions at The Guardian’s Public Services Awards 2020.

The Energiesprong approach, pioneered in the Netherlands, upgrades a home with innovative energy-saving and energy-generating measures. The end result is homes that are near net zero carbon.

Melius Homes, who were the successful contractor for the pilot, are continuing in their role as principal contractor.

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive at Nottingham City Homes, said: “This is a key milestone in this retrofit project and these panels and roofs will make a significant difference to residents' homes once the works are complete. It’s going to make tenants' homes warmer and help them to save money on their energy bills. I would like to thank residents for their patience and support whilst the work is being carried out – I would say the end result will see a real and dramatic improvement to your homes.”

Councillor Sally Longford, the City Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Energy, Environment and Waste Service, said: “It is exciting to see work progressing and we have reached such an important milestone in the project. These panels and new roofs are part of the process that will not only reduce emissions and bills but also increase the warmth and well-being for residents. Homes, and especially older homes, account for a large proportion of carbon emissions so tackling this helps us towards our ambitious target of becoming carbon neutral by 2028.”

Robert Lambe, Managing Director at Melius Homes, said: “We are really pleased to be continuing to work with NCH to deliver this project to transform the homes of Nottingham City residents. The climate emergency demands we take urgent action to reduce the carbon emissions from heating our homes in the UK and Nottingham City Council is leading the way with this innovative approach to whole house retrofit”