We are trying to improve the energy efficiency of the chosen properties by adding thermally efficient materials to it. We are working closely with a Retrofit Coordinator who has assessed the thermal efficiency of the buildings before we commence any work, and he will assess the buildings again at the end of the pilot. We hope the properties will be more energy efficient, will perform better and be more comfortable to live in.
The properties will be having new roofs, new windows and doors, new garden fences to the front, external wall insulation and new renewable energy systems for their heat, hot water, and electricity. The council has set a target to become carbon neutral by 2038, residential properties contribute greatly to the production of carbon. We would like to contribute to carbon reduction by implementing a design for council housing that uses renewable energy where possible in place of fossil fuels.
Possible disruptions to the community
As with any construction work there will be some noise disruption but we will try to keep the disruption to a minimum. There will be a temporary office sited on Abbey Road away from the properties and we will try to use the road effectively to not affect the homes surrounding the pilot properties. If you are concerned about disruption, you can Contact Homes and Neighbourhoods.
The idea of a pilot is to complete several different measures and then assess the success of these measures on the overall performance of the building. We would then look to replicate the successful measures.
Find out more information about the retrofit at Abbey Road, Fartown.