Community Green Deal begins

Our delayed Community Green Deal programme kicked off in January with 12 homes receiving a whole house retrofit. It's a unique and ambitious project with average works costs of £40,500 per household and total carbon savings of 1,150 tonnes across the lifetime of the programme.

We are working with URBED as technical partners, Rochdale-based construction firm Jackson Jackson and buying framework, Procure Plus

The programme is immensely challenging with many improvements installed in each household including new windows and doors, external and internal wall insulation, underfloor insulation, air tightness works, new boilers, solar panels and non-energy efficiency works such as new kitchens and conservatories.

Householders are benefitting from zero interest loans and ECO (Energy Company Obligation) subsidy, though changes made in the Autumn Statement have complicated matters significantly.

The project team are working very hard and as much as possible we're trying to facilitate discussions and peer support with and between householders. There's a lot of learning going on, a lot of things we can improve on in the future and we look forward to sharing this when the programme is complete - sometime in April/May.

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