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Solihull Energy Efficiency Scheme Wins National Award

 

  • Solihull Community Housing wins national award for energy efficiency improvements
  • Improvements make 1,600 homes warmer and cheaper to run
  • British Gas also receive an award for the same scheme

Solihull Community Housing (SCH) recently won the National Home Improvement Council’s (NHIC) ‘Energy Efficiency in Communities’ Award for a £25m project in Chelmsley Wood, Solihull.

The £25m Energy Efficiency Scheme, delivered over a two year period, has involved replacement windows for more than 1,000 properties, the installation of external solid wall insulation and 12 new biomass heating systems. In total improvements have been delivered to  more than 1,600 homes in 30 high rise blocks owned and managed by SCH.

SCH Chief Executive, Steve Boyd, said:

“This was a ground-breaking project leading to warmer housing for over 1,500 tenants and homes that are cheaper to run.

We’ve received outstanding feedback from tenants, it’s greatly improved their quality of life and the local community has also benefited because the buildings look much better too.

We’re delighted to have won this national award which recognises the lengths both Solihull Community Housing and British Gas have gone to in order to improve the lives of local residents.”

Steve Gapik, Head of Business Development at British Gas, said:

“By working in partnership with SCH we’ve made a positive and lasting impact on the Chelmsley Wood area.” 

Local MP Caroline Spelman, who visited the scheme last year, added:

“I’m delighted that the Chelmsley Wood Energy Efficiency Scheme has won this award and would like to offer my congratulations to Solihull Community Housing.  It has already led to significant reductions in both energy usage and bills for many of my constituents.

I also welcome the success of existing government backed programmes to support those who struggle to meet the cost of their utility bills, such as the warm homes discount and the free smart meter programme. However, I am certain that more can be done to tackle this issue and hope that following receipt of this award, the Chelmsley Wood scheme will receive greater recognition across the country.”

Steve Boyd, SCH Chief Executive, was presented with the award by Energy & Climate Change Minister, Lord Bourne.

More information about the National Home Improvement Council’s Awards can be found at:  www.nhic.org.uk/nhic-annual-awards/awards-2015/

British Gas has also won an award for the scheme from the Association of Decentralised Energy. Here they fought off stiff competition to pick up the Campus, Community and Residential Award.  Judges stated they liked that the retrofit had “…done all the things you’re supposed to do with buildings” by looking at both demand reduction and supply efficiency.

More information about British Gas can be found at: www.britishgas.co.uk

Notes to editors

British Gas is the UK's leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain – nearly half the country's homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million UK businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Home Services expertise in the country.

For further information please contact Phil Hall at phil.hall@britishgas.co.uk or on 07789 574614.

For more information contact:

Simon Feldman
Simon.Feldman@britishgas.co.uk

British Gas is Britain’s leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain – nearly half the country’s homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million British businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Homes Services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk.


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