Work is progressing well on a £1 million refurbishment of over 100 properties in Ely, bringing improvements and cost savings to residents.
The 121 properties in New Barns Avenue, a Sanctuary Group-owned social housing development, are currently receiving a large range of exterior insulation works to improve the look and efficiency of the homes.
Sanctuary has joined forces with Climate Energy & Thrift Energy to carry out a large solid-wall insulation programme to the properties in order to improve the whole community, both aesthetically and economically.
The programme of improvements began with structural works in preparation for the fitting of external wall insulation, following which the properties are given a colour rendered finish to brighten and freshen up their look. A number of boilers have also been replaced or upgraded with energy efficient models in properties to help further reduce bills, and loft insulation is being topped up as required.
The works could help to create potential savings of up to £450 for residents living in a typical semi-detached property on the estate and a reduction of 1,900kg in CO2 emissions for a typical semi-detached property on the estate.
With nearly 50 properties already finished, the works are expected to be completed at the end of the summer when the local community will celebrate with a street party.
The refurbishment is being funded by Sanctuary, and is fully supported by East Cambridgeshire District Council which is also running a solid wall insulation scheme which offers grants of up to £6,000 per property for homeowners. Kayleigh Maguire, energy officer at East Cambridgeshire District council, said: “By having both projects running together it ensures that everyone can benefit from an improved home with lower energy bills, including those residents in New Barns who have now purchased their property.”
Mark Ashburn, senior asset services surveyor for Sanctuary, commented: “Changes made at New Barns Avenue are just part of a whole range of energy efficiency improvements we are making to our stock across the country.
“We adopt a ‘fabric first’ approach to any works we undertake, focussing on insulation measures to help reduce energy costs for our residents. Following this, colour rendering the properties will change the overall feel of the estate making it a place our residents can be proud to call home.”
Stephen Wells, one of the residents in a property on New Barns Avenue, said: “We are so pleased with the new external insulation to our house. The difference in appearance is quite dramatic and we are told that the reduction in heating costs should be substantial.”