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Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) bring “whole house” energy project to life for tenants…

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GGHT Energy &Solutions Team with local resident on site visit GGHT Energy &Solutions Team with local resident on site visit

Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) have completed a large scale “whole house” energy project at five of its properties in Penketh, Warrington.

The project has seen the properties completely transformed, with works including the installation of new roofs, solar PV (panels), 300mm loft insulation, replacement windows, cavity wall ties, external wall insulation, new entrance doors and canopy’s, voltage optimisation units and the production of new Energy Performance Certificates. The residents were also given advice on how to change their behaviours so they can save even more on their energy bills.

One home owner from the estate also benefitted from GGHT’s expertise and had the works carried out at the same time, with the Trust’s appointed contractor Keepmoat carrying out the work and billing the home owner direct. 

The outcomes from the project were showcased at a recent ‘Energy Efficiency in Social Housing’ event held in Warrington by CLASP, which provides support and training on carbon reduction, renewable energy and environmental resilience. The event was attended by representatives from Knowsley Council, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Salford City Council, Cheshire West & Chester Borough Council, Regenda, One Vision, CWAC, EA/Climate UK, WBC, Places for People, Helena Partnerships, Wyre Council, National Housing Federation, Groudwork Cheshire, Sefton Council, Manchester City Council RVBC, Construction & Housing Yorkshire, Symphony Housing Group and Northwards Housing.

The event included an overview of The Grove project and information on other upcoming GGHT renewable projects. Delegates were also taken on a tour of the site where they got to see the works for themselves and chat to the residents who have benefitted from the improvements. 

Residents living in the properties are expected to save an average of £160 per year on their fuel bills. Local resident, Mrs Williams commented: “Since the work has been completed I only have the heating on half as much, I am usually a cold person. Thank You GGHT.”

Fellow resident Mrs Ridpath added: “The noise has been vastly reduced at my home, so much so I can’t here the traffic. My bills have reduced as well due to the solar panels.” 

The work has seen the properties significantly increase their SAP ratings, which had previously been very poor in terms of energy efficiency with average SAP readings of 42, band E. Following completion of the works the SAP ratings have now increased to 80, band C.

Funding for the project was secured via Eco and Cero due to the hard to treat cavity’s, with additional funding provided via Warrington Borough Council and the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Other partners on the project included Low Carbon Lymm and EDF.

GGHT Chair Roy Smith, said: “It is fantastic to see the difference these improvements have made to the lives of our tenants. As a Trust we are committed to making all of our properties energy efficient and increasing the use of renewable energy to help tackle fuel poverty.”

We are continuing to invest in renewable technology and programmes that support our tenants to change their behaviours and reduce the amount of energy they use. We have already made carbon savings of 800 tonnes per year and our latest plans will see over 1,500 homes, approximately 18% of our properties, contain renewable technologies by the end of the year.” 

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