One of our recent housing regeneration projects received a visit from North East Derbyshire MP Lee Rowley.
He called in to view a scheme in Unstone where 42 non-traditionally built homes have undergone work to make them easier to heat and keep warm and help to reduce carbon emissions in the district.
Work at Unstone is part of a £12m regeneration programme that will see a total of 427 Council homes fitted with External Wall insulation and new roofs and windows where needed. Work will also see soffits, facias and gutters renewed.
Non-traditionally built homes are not constructed using bricks and mortar – they are usually built around steel or concrete frameworks which are now requiring repairs. The homes are also difficult to keep warm.
North East Derbyshire District Council, in partnership with Rykneld Homes, secured £2.13million of government Green Homes funding towards the External Wall Insulation and improvement works, with the Council contributing the remaining finance.
Lee Rowley, said: “The Green Homes energy efficiency investment carried out to hundreds of Council homes in North East Derbyshire is not only great news for tenants but will also bring long term benefits for the wider community as we help to reduce carbon emissions.
“Thanks to partnership working between North East Derbyshire District Council, Rykneld Homes and central government we have been able to bring together funding to carry out these energy efficiency works which have benefited tenants across the district.
“Not only are the homes warmer and easier to heat but they have also undergone an external upgrade with residents remarking on the improved appearance of their estates and neighbourhoods.”
One of the customers whose home underwent improvement works was Valerie Wright in Unstone. She said: ‘I feel so lucky to have had this done to my house. Especially with all the information in the news about climate change and the importance of insulating your home. I think we’re so fortunate and I am thrilled.
“The house looks lovely with all new soffits and facias and new white apex. I am so pleased. “I went round another part of the estate where some houses have had all the work done and they look lovely - they look so nice together.
“I’m starting to notice a difference in the warmth of the house since the works have been done. In the morning I turn the heating up to 18 degrees and it comes on for 10-15 minutes to get the house to that temperature then it doesn’t come on again all day. It really keeps the heat in.
“The contractors have been considerate of my home. I have a pond in my front garden and when they were working, they always covered it with a big board when they were doing messy jobs and then took the board away when they had finished.
The Green Homes funding has also benefited properties and customers in other locations in the district including Dronfield, Mickley, North Wingfield, Eckington, Renishaw and Holmesfield.
When the houses have all been insulated, the total carbon saving in North East Derbyshire will be 335 tonnes per annum and 9,715 tonnes by 2050.