Council Housing Goes Green

By on 17/06/2010 in News

Birmingham City Council has given the green light for up to 40 council properties to be retrofitted with energy efficient improvements, as part of the Green New Deal pilot scheme.

The first phase of the scheme, which is being funded by Working Neighbourhoods Fund, was launched in January across Aston, Lozells, Newtown and Northfield. The Green New Deal will offer homes and businesses the chance to have significant energy improvements made to their properties both through insulation and small scale generation over the next five years.

As part of the scheme, vulnerable families living in the target areas of the pilot phase will benefit from improved energy efficiency through the installation of solar panels, helping cut carbon dioxide emissions and make savings on their domestic fuel bills.

The project will also help to deliver one of the objectives of the Birmingham Declaration on Climate Change that 10% of Birmingham homes will have retrofit insulation by 2015 and substantially help Birmingham reach its ambitious CO2 reduction targets of 60% by 2026.  As well as saving homeowners money, and cutting carbon emissions, the pilot project will also create and protect local jobs in green businesses.

Cllr John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing, added: “I am delighted my tenants will be a part of this pilot project, which will help the environment, drive down tenants' domestic bills and meet our targets to drastically cut CO2 emission by 2026.

“I've always wanted to ensure the best quality housing for our people, as demonstrated by work such as the Decent Homes programme and the innovative Summerfield Eco-housing project. I’m sure that this project will also be a great success and will prove very popular with our tenants.”

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Members of the public can express their interest or gain further information via greennewdeal@birmingham.gov.uk

For more information please contact Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

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