Wednesday, 26 October 2011

£4.2m scheme to insulate North Manchester's homes

Around 800 households across North Manchester will benefit from the project launched by Northwards Housing.

The £4.2m insulation programme aimed at improving heat retention and reducing bills for hundreds of tenants.

It will specifically target some of Northwards’ oldest and most challenging properties which were built in the 1960s and 1970s with solid concrete walls instead of traditional cavity walls.

According to Northwards, over the next 12 months, all of the properties will be fitted with “high performance external wall insulation”. Where needed, replacement boilers and top-up loft insulation will also be provided, and tenants will be offered advice on how to use less energy and save money.

By installing the wall insulation alone, Northwards aims to reduce annual CO2 emissions by nearly 1,400 tonnes, while tenants’ fuel bills could fall by up to £100 a year.

The project is now underway, with properties in Higher Blackley being amongst the first to benefit.

The scheme is part of the Greater Manchester Energy Smart Homes (GMESH) programme, which manages £5 million awarded to Greater Manchester by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The GMESH programme is the first of its kind in the region, as in the past, housing projects have not qualified for support from the European Union.

Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council's executive member for the environment, said: "This scheme will make a massive difference to the lives of hundreds of Manchester residents, by slashing their fuel bills as well as improving the look of their homes.

Source 24dash

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