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New eco-project to cut energy use in homes
by Stuart at 2007-04-17 12:08:17 (Forum::Public::NottinghamDeclarn)
A challenging new eco-project is being undertaken by St Albans City and District Council to reduce the energy used by older homes. It will focus on homes that are hard to insulate as they do not have cavity walls.
Most of the homes owned by the district council have had high levels of insulation installed in recent years, as part of the council’s commitment to providing decent homes and protecting the environment. However some houses were not built using the cavity wall method and are harder to insulate effectively.

This latest project will see external wall insulation installed at 18 houses in Marford Road, Wheathampstead, along with energy saving double glazing. At the same time the houses will have 25cm deep loft insulation installed and have solar panels fitted. They will also be reroofed as part of the council’s ongoing maintenance programme.

For the external works, insulation boards will be fixed to the exterior of the houses, with mechanical fixings and adhesive. The insulation will then receive two coats of render.

The council will monitor the effectiveness of the project by comparing heat loss from the properties before and after the work, and by looking at the before and after energy bills.

The project follows on from the St Albans eco-house project that saw a range of energy and water saving devices fitted into a typical 1950s house. They will be monitored over the next year to discover which are most effective, and may be suitable to be fitted into other council homes.

Bryan Padley, the council surveyor managing the Marford Road project, said: “With this new project, we’re looking at homes that are more of a challenge to make energy efficient. We are aiming to provide effective insulation for tenants which is required to meet the Government’s Decent Homes Standard, and to continue to increase the overall energy efficiency of our housing stock.”

The measures will also contribute to the council’s commitment, with its signing of the Nottingham Declaration, to reduce the district’s carbon footprint.

The project is being undertaken with the Energy Saving Trust (EST), an independent and not-for-profit organisation that promotes sustainable use of energy, which will both provide its expertise for the project and share in the information gained from the scheme.

The project is at present out to tender. Work is expected to take place over the summer and autumn.

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Stuart

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