Housing decarbonisation work starts in Coventry

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Work to improve the energy efficiency of homes in Coventry has started thanks to funding from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.

The works will improve the energy efficiency of Citizen’s homes in the city which have an energy performance certificate (ECP) rating below C. Citizen worked jointly with Coventry City Council to bid for extra funding for energy efficiency home improvements, which was granted earlier this year.

The £2.4m project will receive £1.1m in Government funding to fit external wall insulation to 95 homes as well as installing energy-efficient doors and windows, increased loft insulation and improving ventilation to reduce the potential for mould growth.

It is a condition of the bid that all works must be completed by 31 March 2023.

From Left – Matt Dillow, Adam Denny, Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Gareth Keith, Chris Morris, Councillor David Welsh, Annette Lamley, Harvinder Aouilk, Jenny Bowker.

Head of Strategic Asset Management at Citizen, Chris Morris, said:

It’s really good news that work is well underway on 95 homes across Coventry thanks to funding from Wave 1 of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.

We worked very closely with Coventry City Council to prepare and submit the bid which was great partnership working.

A large proportion of our customers live in fuel poverty and these improvements will help tackle this. Improving the energy efficiency of our homes will help to reduce the amount of energy used during these times of the cost-of-living increase and high energy bills. Also, by making our homes more efficient it reduces the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, reducing the impact on the environment.

We think it’s important these works help to deliver energy efficient homes and improve the comfort, health and wellbeing of our customers.

Cllr David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said:

We are working with Citizen and other partners agencies to raise housing standards for people facing difficulties, whether that is in temporary accommodation or, as in this case, in more permanent housing.

Across the country we are facing a crisis in housing, and we will continue to lobby the government to influence national housing policy. I hope we can deliver more of these types of schemes in the future where standards can be raised through applying energy efficiency measures – Ninety five refurbished homes is a step in the right direction, but the government need to provide more support to cities like Coventry.

Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change, said:

I’m delighted that we have been able to work with Citizen on this retrofit initiative.  It will vastly improve the energy efficiency of these homes – and it’s an example of what can be done to address climate change while also saving local people money on their bills – especially important right now.

I’d love to do much more of this across the city so we will continue to apply pressure for more funding to be available.