Deal to bring energy changes to 200,000 homes
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Environment, Local Government
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Social housing regeneration specialist Forrest has been awarded a place on Wrexham County Borough Council’s energy efficiency framework - in a four-year agreement that will lead to the delivery of energy improvement measures to 200,000 social and private-rented homes in North Wales.
Work is being delivered through the government-backed Energy Company Obligation (ECO), a requirement for the big six utility companies to fund around £1.3 billion of energy efficiency improvements every year for people living in fuel poverty.
As well as Wrexham, neighbouring authorities at Flintshire, Conwy and Denbighshire are also entitled to access works through the contract.
Forrest recently completed the installation of photovoltaic panels to 3,000 properties on behalf of Wrexham Council.
Lee McCarren, chief executive officer, Forrest, said: “With ECO there’s been a major financial commitment by this government to provide heating and insulation improvements to low income and vulnerable households, which social landlords are now looking to take advantage of.
“At Forrest we have made significant investment in our environmental arm to meet the increased demand for energy efficiency works. We are leading the way in terms of retrofit and will continue to explore innovative training and technologies to support our clients’ needs, make for more comfortable living conditions for tenants and lessen their carbon impact.”
Forrest is one of four contractors to be selected for the framework, alongside Wilmott Dixon, Sustainable Building Services and Mitie.