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Nottingham City Homes 2050

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Nottingham City Homes 2050

Nottingham | Nottingham City Homes & Melius Homes | Ongoing

Ten hard-to-heat socially rented homes in Nottingham are the first in the UK to pioneer the ‘Energiesprong’ (energy leap) initiative, which has radically upgraded the energy efficiency of thousands of homes in the Netherlands. Recommended by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) this comprehensive retrofit delivers ten super insulated, low maintenance near ‘net zero energy’ homes, creating desirable, warm and affordable homes for life, tackling both fuel poverty and climate change. 

Prefabricated off-site, wall panels arrived in ‘full storey heights’ complete with ample insulation, double glazed windows and a durable board finish, ready to crane into place. Tenants were able to remain in residence throughout the retrofit, which was completed in one week.

A rollout programme is now underway to apply the same approach to a further 390 socially rented homes in Nottingham.

Read more in the CIBSE Journal here.

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It’s made a lot of difference. It’s warmer. I don’t need my dressing gown now. All the draughts have gone. Before it [the home] looked like a rabbit hutch – it looks like a proper home now
— Joan Warbuton, Nottingham City Homes tenant

Achievements/publications: 

UK Housing Awards ‘Innovation of the Year’ 2018 

Shift Awards ‘Sustainable Retrofit Project of the Year’ 2018
Shortlisted AJ Retrofit Awards 2018

Committee on Climate Change Progress Report 2018

Finalist Construction News Awards ‘Best Innovation’ 2019 

Shortlisted Structural Timber Awards ‘Social Housing Project’ 2019 

Shortlisted Structural Timber Awards ‘Low Energy Project’ 2019

For more information download a project PDF here.

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While we’re delighted to be part of a UK-first pilot programme, it’s more important to us that we’re creating warmer, more energy efficient homes, which are cheaper to run for residents
— Nick Murphy, Nottingham City Homes Chief Executive

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