Local workers to help create greener Nottingham homes for the future.
More local jobs are being created to support a project to make council housing in the city greener.
With the support of Government funding, Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes are undertaking carbon saving refurbishments on 76 council homes in Bakersfield and Mapperley, to help reduce tenant’s energy bills and help Nottingham be cleaner and greener.
The Whole House Retrofit project is aimed at reducing fuel poverty & carbon footprints, whilst also creating jobs & training for local people. The 76 properties will all get ‘deep retrofits’, meaning they will get new innovative brick panel external wall insulation, solar panels and underfloor insulation among other changes.
As part of this scheme, the projects contractor Mauer are looking to recruit local people to work on these homes. They’ve been working with NCH and the council to support local people in apply for these roles.
There are 16 new jobs up for grabs and NCH helped host a ‘meet the employer’ event for potential candidates to hear all about Mauer and the jobs available. With the help of Nottingham Jobs, candidates got to take part in mock interviews with the contractor and following this, 38 applications were shortlisted and interviews are taking place to pick the final 16.
Cllr Sally Longford, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Energy, Environment & Democratic Services at Nottingham City Council, said: “The council are committed to being Carbon Neutral by 2028, and improving the energy efficiency of our council housing stock is just one of the ways we are aiming to reach this target.
“The Whole House Project builds on the great work completed as part of Energiesprong - where we were the first in the UK to use the pioneering scheme to upgrade homes with new outside walls and windows, a solar roof, and a state of the art heating system.
“Projects like ‘Whole House’ are vital to help reach the city’s 2028 goal and make homes fit for the future.”
Nick Murphy, Chief Executive at Nottingham City Homes said: “This project follows our long standing efforts to make our council houses more energy efficient where ever we can. We have already insulated more than 6,000 homes and 4,000 more have solar panels installed.
“Residents in one of the 76 properties will benefit from warmer homes, see their bills drop and it will reduce their carbon footprint. Alongside delivering homes people can be proud of and afford to heat, we want to support local residents back to work and that’s why we work with our tenants to help them secure jobs. It makes sense to have local people working on our own projects like this one.”