Tenants to make fuel savings thanks to energy centre
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Environment and also in Housing
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A housing provider says a newly built £1 million communal energy centre will save tenants money on their fuel bills.
Guinness South’s £75m regeneration project in Brixton’s Loughborough Park is working with Insite Energy to provide cost effective, low carbon heating and hot water to tenants.
A controllable heating system is served by the new centre which hosts a communal plant room powered by gas boilers. Residents can control the amount of heating in their properties through their own thermostats and heating controls.
Previously payment for communal heating was through a set service charge, potentially meaning tenants were paying for heating they were not using. According to Guinness, the new Evinox Prepayment system ensures that residents now only pay for what they use, when they use it.
Nathan Gravesande, Guinness' project director, said: “The energy centre has been designed in accordance with the London Plan 2011, which looks to reduce energy and CO2 consumption on large scale schemes such as this one.
“Due to the energy efficient building design and individual metering for each property, the system, if used correctly, should deliver lower energy bills for our residents and overall lower CO2 production, so it’s great news all round!”
The seven-year regeneration project will see a 390-flatted rental scheme demolished and rebuilt to create up to 525 new mixed tenure apartments. The first 82 residents moved back in towards the end of 2013, with a further 34 moving in over the next two months. The second phase of the works is due to start this month.