City gets Green Deal kick-start

By on 24/09/2012 in Cllr McKay, News

Birmingham City Council has welcomed an announcment from the Government that the city will receive more than £2.6million of extra funding to help realise its ambition to make Birmingham a world leader in green issues.

Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart city, said: “We are pleased that the Government has recognised the efforts being made here in Birmingham to improve the lives of citizens through our work on the green agenda.

“A number of areas have been identified as those that would benefit from the financial support being offered, giving us 'quick wins' for the soon-to-be-launched Birmingham Energy Savers scheme.

“This funding will help us work with those living 'hard to reach' settings such as tower blocks in dire need of energy efficiency improvements, as well as with private landlords and industrial estate tenants to reduce fuel poverty and create jobs for the city at a time when both measures are needed more than ever.”

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Birmingham’s funding will be used to help deliver the following schemes:

1.    Community 'green deal' offer - working with local community organisations to target and deliver to 120 householders and 10 public buildings for installations.Creating a network of demonstrator homes and identifying early adopters for Green Deal.

2.    Tower block offer - solid wall insulation in hard to treat blocks including replacing an obsolete heating systems. Estimated up to 50 properties.

3.    Work with private landlords - competition to select demonstrators to highlight benefits of Green Deal and potential early adopters. Delivery in 20 households.

4.    Industrial estate retrofit - delivery of energy efficiency retrofit to up to 10 non-domestic properties owned by the council.

5.    District energy installation - to demonstrate how Green Deal might work in conjunction with a renewable energy solution. Deliver a heating facility on a local community building (school premise) capable of providing excessive capacity for use by surrounding domestic premises (c60) which could be connected using Green Deal offers.

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