A project to transform 77 council homes in Nottingham into energy efficient and green properties is underway.
A total of 28 bungalows and 49 houses on five streets are being upgraded under the Deep Retrofit Energy Model (DREeM) project, which includes super insulated wall panels, solar panels, replacement of gas boilers where required and renewal of roof coverings.
The improvement works will boost energy efficiency and help reduce heating and energy costs for residents.
The project, part of the council’s commitment to invest in improving council housing, is modelled on the award-winning Energiesprong scheme, which turns hard-to-heat council houses into ultra-low energy homes.
The scheme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund grant and supports Nottingham’s ambition to become carbon-neutral by 2028.
Councillor Sally Longford, Portfolio Holder for Energy, Environment and Waste Service, said: “Many of our residents live in fuel poverty so creating more energy efficient homes to reduce people’s bills is a high priority for us. We are one of the main cities leading the way to tackle both fuel poverty and climate change and we are pioneering new approaches like the DREeM project to carry out this transformational work.
“This project helps to tackle old and cold council homes and tenants say this work makes a huge difference to their homes. This project is helping to reduce emissions and bills and improve the warmth and well-being of our residents – whilst also tackling carbon emissions, which goes towards our ambitious target of becoming carbon neutral by 2028.”