Wiltshire Council receives Green Homes Grant to progress its Housing Energy Efficiency Programme
Wiltshire Council has been successful in its bid for Green Homes Grant of £546,500 which will target work to be carried out to improve 100 of the Council's least energy efficient homes as part of its Housing Energy Efficiency programme.
The council received the funding through the Government's Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme and it will be used to help deliver the Housing Energy Efficiency programme which aims to bring the energy rating of all council houses in Wiltshire up to EPC B rating over the next 10 years.
Cllr Richard Clewer, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Housing said, "The LAD scheme aims to raise the energy efficiency of low income and low energy performance council homes (those with energy performance certificate (EPC) ratings of D, E and F including off-gas grid homes.
"The funding we have received will enable us to carry out Whole House Retrofits to improve the energy efficiency of 100 of the least efficient council properties in Wiltshire".
A Whole House Retrofit takes each house in its own right. It considers the fabric, the heating and hot water requirements, ventilation and the people living in the property to establish the correct measures to implement for that individual property. This assessment is carried out by a Retrofit Assessor, who will use a knowledge base and accredited software to issue the requirements to a Retrofit Coordinator to deliver via contractors accredited by TrustMark.
Cllr Clewer added, "We are aiming to commence works in April 2021. Our long term aim is to have retrofitted all 5,000 of our council homes by 2030, making them cosier and cheaper to heat. We hope to be retrofitting 500 properties per year by 2022/23.
"Development of the Whole House Retrofit industry will have the added benefit of creating jobs and apprenticeships in Wiltshire, as every home in the county is retrofitted to become more energy efficient".
Notes to editors:
In July 2020 the Chancellor announced a £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme to upgrade homes across England. Of this, £500 million was allocated to local authorities through the Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme, to improve the energy efficiency of homes of low-income households, helping reduce fuel poverty, phasing out high carbon fossil fuel heating, and delivering progress towards the UK's commitment to net zero by 2050.