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Green home transformations in Nottingham

10 June 2022

Work is underway to turn 77 council homes in Radford to super green and energy efficient properties.

The 28 bungalows and 49 houses on five streets are benefitting from improvement works that will increase energy efficiency and reduce heating and energy costs for residents.

This represents the latest project of the Deep Retrofit Energy Model (DREeM) project is modelled on the award winning and pioneering Energiesprong scheme, which turns hard-to-heat council houses into ultra-low energy homes is well underway, with special insulated wall panels installed.

This scheme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund grant.

The houses and bungalows in Radford are 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, helping towards Nottingham’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2028. 

The Deep Retrofit Energy Model (DREeM) improvements are happening across 77 properties, these include:   

  • super insulated wall panels including high-performance windows and premanufactured internal window surrounds
  • super insulated roof with integrated solar PV panels
  • improved airtightness to eliminate draughts and reduce heat loss
  • gas boilers replaced where required and alterations to exiting gas system are being undertaken
  • installation of demand-controlled ventilation system to improve indoor air quality.

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.

82 year old Margaret, who lives on one of the roads having the word done, says: "I am  really pleased, they've done a great job and i love the windows and i am looking forward to having a new door fitted at the back and being able to use my scooter. I think with the cost of everything going up and having to be careful, it's a really good idea to be making these houses warmer. 

Nottingham was the first place in the UK to pilot the ground-breaking whole-house retrofit approach known as Energiesprong. 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 scheme was also one of only two UK projects to be showcased as part of the COP26 event at the end of 2021.

This project is all part of the council’s commitment to invest in improving council housing and future proofing homes for residents. Nottingham City Homes and partners Melius Homes will be carrying out the work on behalf of the council.

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.

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive at Nottingham City Homes, said: “This project is transforming older council properties into warmer, more energy efficient homes which are cheaper to run for residents.

“Hundreds of our tenants have already had this work done and they’ve told us they have seen a real difference. We are turning these homes into some of the most sustainable homes in the country, whilst helping hundreds of Council tenants to save money on bills, which is so important with the cost of living crisis. As a plus, the refurbished homes look superb and make a real difference to the neighbourhood”

Councillor Sally Longford, Portfolio Holder for Energy, Environment and Waste Service, said: “Many of our residents live in fuel poverty so creating more energy efficient homes to reduce people’s bills is a high priority for us. We are one of the main cities leading the way to tackle both fuel poverty and climate change and we are pioneering new approaches like the DREeM project to carry out this transformational work.

“This project helps to tackle old and cold council homes and tenants say this work makes a huge difference to their homes. This project is helping to reduce emissions and bills and improve the warmth and well-being of our residents – whilst also tackling carbon emissions, which goes towards our ambitious target of becoming carbon neutral by 2028.” 

Emily Braham, Head of Strategy and Operations at Energiesprong UK: "Tackling the cost-of-living crisis requires long-term thinking – investing in retrofitting homes to lift people out of fuel poverty permanently. Pioneering the Energiesprong model in the UK, Nottingham City Homes is showing that this is possible and is leading the way on the retrofit revolution. We’re excited to see more homes benefit from this approach and urge other local authorities to follow in Nottingham's footsteps."

Robert Lambe, Managing Director at Melius Homes, said: “We are delighted to be continuing to deliver the programme of net zero carbon retrofit works on behalf of Nottingham City Homes. These works are not only dramatically reducing carbon emissions and improving the wellbeing of the tenants, but the new look of the properties also has a positive impact on the local community.”

The European Regional Development Fund
The DREeM (Deep Retrofit Energy Model) project is receiving up to £5,567,493 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding