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New funding to create more eco-friendly homes in Nottingham

Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes have been awarded grant funding to develop new ways of making homes warmer and more energy efficient.

The partners have been given the grant to progress two different models to support the councils drive for carbon neutral by 2028.

The Whole House Retrofit project, funded by BEIS (the Department for Business, Energy, & Industrial Strategy), is focused on reducing the cost of delivery for whole-house deep retrofits, which reduces fuel poverty and carbon emissions in the homes included in this project, as well as setting the standards for lower cost retrofits in the future.

A large number of homes were built before 1980, which is when standards for insulation and energy performance first came in. This means that some of these houses just aren’t energy efficient to today’s standards.

One way to combat this is to do a ‘deep retrofit’, which is a whole-house approach that takes a property from its current state to near net-zero energy demand in one step. This can include better insulation, solar panels, better heat pumps, new types of doors and windows. 

Nottingham is developing two separate strands within this project:

• The innovative Energiesprong model which is being developed for flats in the Clifton area
• A new methodology, called Destination Zero, which is being piloted in the Bakersfield area of the city.

Energiesprong is a Dutch model which means ‘Energy Leap’, where properties are retrofitted with energy efficiency measures, low carbon heating and hot water, and energy generation equipment, taking them to 2050 standards in one go.

Destination Zero is a piloting scheme of methods where a new design is developed to fit the “2050 standard”. This standard is to create close-to-zero-carbon buildings to the Government’s 2050 carbon target and these new methods would make sure that all energy efficiency measures installed are in line with the plan.

The types of measures expected to be used use across the project are external wall insulation - some installed on site, and some offsite, under floor insulation, solar panels, battery storage, new heating systems, and some roof replacements.

Both of these work streams are aimed at developing cost effective solutions which will help Nottingham become the UK’s first carbon neutral city in 2028. Through this project the council will improve the homes of 170 tenants and leaseholders through Nottingham City Homes, and they will create more than 15 new local employment and training opportunities.

Cllr Sally Longford, Deputy Leader at Nottingham City Council and Portfolio Holder for Energy, Environment and Democratic Services, said: “We are very excited to be the recipient of one of the BEIS grants to develop an affordable route to carbon neutral homes by 2028. We are looking forward to working with partners to deliver this project, creating new jobs in this growing industry, and we pleased to be able to create warmer homes which will help to tackle fuel poverty whilst working towards our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2028.”