Top construction award for Yorkshire energy saving project
Published by Kelly Elliott for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities
Steve Batty, Head of Sustainability at Keepmoat, receives the award for Project of the Year from sponsors Hamiltons.
A project which saw free energy saving measures fitted to hundreds of Yorkshire homes has won a top building industry award.
Properties in the village of Thurnscoe were fitted with loft, cavity wall and external wall insulation as well as new boilers and draft proofing as part of a scheme offered by national housing and regeneration company Keepmoat.
Now the work, which is saving residents hundreds of pounds a year in energy bills, has been named Project of the Year at the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Committed to Construction in South Yorkshire Awards.
By accessing funding through the Government’s former Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP), Keepmoat was able to provide free improvements to homes in areas of high fuel poverty.
In total, work was carried out to more than 750 properties, resulting in an annual fuel saving of £354,700 as well as saving 121,121 tons of carbon a year.
But these were not the only benefits to the local area - all the work for the £5.8m project was carried out by Yorkshire-based companies, over 55% of which were based in South Yorkshire.
In addition, Keepmoat provided a new boiler and heating system for a local community centre and external wall insulation to a local Post Office, both free of charge.
Steve Batty, Head of Sustainability at Keepmoat, said: “One of the major challenges of this project was communicating to local people what we were offering - at first many people thought it seemed too good to be true but thanks to promotional events, leaflets and the work of our team on the ground we were able to explain how the scheme worked.
“Seeing the impact the work has had on the community has been fantastic, not only are the homes cheaper to heat but the external improvements have given the whole area a facelift.
“I’d like to thank our partners Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Berneslai Homes, Yorkshire Housing and Thurnscoe Tenants Co-operative for their support during this project, without which we wouldn’t have had such a high success rate.”
The CIOB Committed to Construction in South Yorkshire Awards take place annually and recognise the great work going on in the construction industry across the region.
It was a successful night for Keepmoat - as well as winning Project of the Year, the company was shortlisted for the Renewable Technologies and Health and Safety awards, with its Property Services division also shortlisted for Project of the Year.
Keepmoat’s social enterprise SOAR Build was also recognised, picking up the Excellence and Quality award for its work delivering external wall insulation as part of a CESP scheme in the Parson Cross area of Sheffield.
The organisation provides construction skills training for local people while working on major contracts as a subcontractor.
The Parson Cross project gave the SOAR Build operatives the opportunity to gain new external wall insulation skills, leading to the organisation becoming an Accredited Green Deal Installer, allowing the business to grow and prosper under the opportunities under the Government’s new Green Deal Initiative.
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