Homes and Neighbourhoods Team Shortlisted for National Award for Creating Greener Homes

The Abbey Road Retrofit scheme has been shortlisted in the Best Social Housing Category at the MJ Awards. The MJ Awards are competitive national awards that recognise excellence and innovation in council services.

Our Homes and Neighbourhoods team worked alongside tenants to design the project after listening to the impacts fuel poverty was having on their lives.

How many properties are involved in the scheme?

A total of eight existing council properties at Abbey Road were included in this project.

Each home benefited from the following energy efficiency measures:

  • The installation of heat pumps
  • The removal of Gas boilers and cookers ending reliance on fossil fuels
  • A loft insulation top-up, cavity wall insulation and external wall insulation
  • New roofs have been fitted and chimneys were dropped, to remove a possible cold bridge
  • Triple glazed windows
  • Both Photovoltaic panels and solar thermal panels were installed to create renewable solar energy

The scheme is an example of how we can significantly reduce carbon emissions from buildings whilst tackling increasing fuel poverty, by installing new systems designed for high energy efficiency.

It coincides with the council’s commitment to making Kirklees carbon neutral by 2038 and ensuring that the transition to net-zero leaves no one behind.

David Shepherd, Strategic Director for Growth & Regeneration, said:

“I’m delighted the team’s hard work and dedication to deliver this innovative green scheme has been recognised by the MJ Awards.

“The Abbey Road scheme shows that existing housing can be redesigned to use renewable energy and energy-efficient insulation to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings.

“We are monitoring the performance of the green technologies installed to inform future schemes and help identify other homes in Kirklees that could benefit from retrofitting.”

What are the effects on carbon emissions so far?

Early estimates show that these green technologies have reduced the properties’ carbon emissions by 50% to 75% already. Saving tenants between £190 to £350 a year on their energy bills.

What is retrofitting?

Retrofitting means installing new systems designed for high energy efficiency and low energy consumption in buildings. Systems such as heat pumps, triple glazing, and solar panels.

A retrofitted building is cheaper to run and has a lower impact on the environment.