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Social housing tenants get warmer homes thanks to abseilers

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Environment and also in Communities, Housing

Social housing tenants get warmer homes thanks to abseilers Social housing tenants get warmer homes thanks to abseilers

Teams of abseilers have been fitting insulation to improve the energy efficiency of social housing properties in south London.

The Hyde Group is currently carrying out a major programme that has seen cavity wall insulation installed at 887 properties across the Studley Estate in Stockwell.

The first 12-week phase of treatment at saw contractor Axis Europe using abseiling teams, rather than more conventional scaffolding, to carry out drilling, insulation and plugging on 23 buildings, some of which are up to 11 storeys tall.

“Abseiling reduced disruption to residents and is far more efficient than scaffolding, cutting project costs by 45% and time by 65%. This meant we were able to treat nearly twice as many homes for the same cost,” explained Jack Skinner, Hyde’s sustainability manager. “Abseiling also has less environmental impact than scaffolding, as transport and on-site activities are reduced, which lowers carbon emissions.”

The work was funded by £600,000 from E.On Energy, under the government’s Energy Companies Obligation scheme.

A combination of abseiling and ladders was used on the second phase of the project, which involved treating 162 homes in two and three-storey buildings on the estate.

The Insta-Polypearl Platinum insulation used offers greater thermal efficiency than traditional insulation material, such as mineral wool.

On average, the energy efficiency ratings of treated properties has improved from Band D to Band C (the UK average is Band D), Mr Skinner said.

He added that not only would homes be more comfortable, but residents were also expected to save an average of £113 a year on their fuel bills.

Hyde, which manages 50,000 homes across England, estimates that annual energy consumption for heating each property will fall by more than 15%, saving an equivalent 11,500t of carbon over the lifespan of the insulation.

Speaking after the first phase of works were completed, resident Michael Lyth said: “I couldn’t be happier, there was very little disruption. I was very satisfied with the work and I have already noticed that the flat is warmer. It has stayed cool this summer too. I would recommend this work to anyone!”

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