Ten homes in Sneinton have been selected as part of a UK first pilot to radically improve older houses using energy saving and energy generation measures. Proposed improvements will make the residents of these homes ultra-low energy consumers, dramatically reducing household energy bills and making homes warmer.
Nottingham City Homes (NCH), the Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) managing and maintaining Nottingham City Council’s (NCC) council housing stock, has become the first in the UK to adopt a ground-breaking approach to retrofitting housing solutions, known as “Energiesprong”. The programme of work is part of the next phase in the city’s Greener HousiNG programme.
The Energiesprong approach, pioneered in the Netherlands, upgrades a home with new outside walls and windows, a solar roof, and a state of the art heating system, all in a matter of days.
Part of the innovation is how the works are funded. The household pays an ‘Energy plan’, and the landlord (NCH) receives an on-going income to fund similar works to more homes. The resident has a much more comfortable home, and a flat rate cost for energy, which will not rise significantly when energy bills rise.
Originating in the Netherlands, Energiesprong is regarded as a revolutionary model; it brings today’s houses up to 2050 standards of energy efficiency and the new funding approach, ensures the works are affordable. Following Energiesprong’s outstanding success in the Netherlands, where a thousand homes a year are now receiving this high-tech makeover, the concept has been exported to France, Germany, Luxembourg, the USA and now the UK.
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31 August 2017
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 646511