Improving the energy efficiency of 21 homes in Aldeburgh
As part of the Government’s Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme, Flagship Group has identified a further 21 homes in Aldeburgh, Suffolk which have received energy saving measures. The funding is thanks to the Suffolk Consortium’s successful bid for funding to improve the energy efficiency of low-income households across the county.
The £220 thousand project will take the 21 bungalows from and EPC rating of E to a band C, after initial core sample surveys revealed that there was no existing insulation in the current flat roof systems. This meant that a large amount of heat was escaping through the roof and tenants were finding it difficult to keep their homes warm.
Work on the homes began in January 2021 and involved the installation of an external warm flat roof system within four block areas, which included 90mm insulation boards and a waterproof finish. The new measures are predicted to save 25 tons of CO2 annually and help to save tenants an average of £250 per year on their fuel bills.
Megan Gonsalves, Energy and Sustainability Manager for Flagship Group said: “This project is a great example of how working together we can achieve significant carbon reduction and improve the lives of our customers and the planet. Following this insulation work we will be upgrading the electric storage heaters in tenants’ homes to gas central heating, helping to further reduce energy costs for tenants.
We will continue to work with local authorities and installers on more projects, to ensure we can further reduce our carbon footprint, working towards our strategic priority of reaching net zero carbon by 2050.”
Nearly two thirds of UK homes fail to meet long-term energy efficiency targets, however this project is one of many which will help the Group achieve an EPC rating of C for all homes by 2035 and create a more energy efficient living environment for tenants.
Flagship is one of five organisations across the county which has received the funding from the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, helping to create a carbon neutral Suffolk by 2030.
Tackling fuel poverty and making homes more efficient and affordable for tenants is now more important than ever. The Group intends to embrace a greener, cleaner approach to its thinking – improving the future of Flagship’s tenants and communities, as well as the future of the planet.