Greener homes pilot scheme underway in Fartown

Senior members of Kirklees Council were out in Huddersfield to inspect work on a housing retrofit pilot project.

The Council say that the pilot is a demonstration of their commitment to a carbon neutral Kirklees and shows how existing housing can be retrofitted to reduce carbon improve the warmth and comfort of residents.

The pilot will combine a fabric first approach of insulating the loft, cavities and the external walls, with the installation of renewable technologies including a heat pump for heating and hot water which will replace the gas boiler and photovoltaic (solar PV) or solar thermal panels.  

The eight properties, at Abbey Road, Fartown will also have new roofs, doors and windows.

Once the work is complete, energy use and the performance of the new greener technologies will be monitored to help measure gains in carbon reduction. This will inform future schemes and help identify other homes across housing stock that could benefit from retrofitting.

Artist’s impression of Abbey Road retrofit project

Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said:

“This pilot project further demonstrates how Kirklees Council is committed to meeting its own carbon neutral targets for the district by 2038. I’m keen to see the results of the survey and how successful retrofitting energy saving solutions are in reducing the domestic carbon footprint.

“I am hopeful that this pilot will provide a blueprint for the rest of the council’s housing stock but also a benchmark for privately owned and rented housing, to aim for, across the district and further afield.”

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, was also on site and added:

“I’m proud to be supporting Kirklees’ housing retrofit pilot which will make a real difference to the quality of life of its residents. By making homes more energy efficient, we can help people keep warm and reduce their energy bills while contributing to our ambition to make West Yorkshire net-zero carbon by 2038.” 

Kirklees Council are working in partnership with Michael Dyson Associates, who have designed the properties, and Groundwork who are coordinating the retrofit project and will ensure the scheme is delivered to PAS 2035.

Work started on 2nd August 2021 and is due to end this December. Tenants are looking forward to no more gas bills and a greener home.

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