Four Housing (Posted 21.06.14)

More than 450 Berwick homes benefit from £3.3 million energy efficiency project.

A 'not-for-profit' housing provider is celebrating the completion of energy efficiency measures in 464 homes in Berwick, as part of a £3.3 million project.

The project, which is the largest of its kind in the region, has seen substantial insulation measures take place across Four Housing’s homes and privately owned properties in Newfields and Highcliffe.

Working with strategic outsourcing and energy services company MITIE, the properties have been fitted with external wall insulation to improve heat retention and to help reduce energy costs for the properties’ residents. In addition facias, soffits and new guttering have also been fitted to further improve the appearance of the properties.

David Brown, Head of Asset Management at Four Housing said: “Rising fuel bills are a major concern for many of our customers. Our aim was to improve the physical and financial wellbeing of the whole community and to rejuvenate the Newfields and Highcliffe estates.

“The immediate benefit of upgrading the energy efficiency of the properties has been felt by over 1000 residents and the project’s success is a testament to the hard work shown by all the partners involved.”

The £3.3m project was one of very few schemes in the country to get 100 per cent funding through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) programme, part of the Government’s Green Deal initiative. The scheme was also a finalist at national awards including the National Housing Federation’s Community Impact Awards in the Better Neighbourhoods category and for Best Partnering Scheme at the 2014 Housing Excellence Awards.

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