£5m European project set to pilot new tech in Nottingham

Four hundred homes in Sneinton, Nottingham are part of a £5m European project to make the properties warmer, cheaper to run and fit for the future.

The £5m project, called REMOURBAN, is piloting new technologies to make a step change in the amount of energy older houses use, so they’re ready for low carbon standards in 2050.

The project will reduce residents’ bills and make them warmer through innovative insulation techniques, and in some cases energy generation and battery storage.   Some measures such as external wall insulation will also transform how homes and neighbourhoods look. 

A number of organisations across the city are working together to deliver this project, including Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Homes, Nottingham Energy Partnership, locally based renewable energy company Sasie Ltd, and system solution firm Infohub Ltd.

Three Nottingham City Homes neighbourhoods across Sneinton have been identified for the energy upgrades, while the first 122 homes are already complete, with homes in Windmill Lane getting external wall insulation and LED lighting. Work is about to start on the same measures at nine apartment blocks on Newark Crescent.

Four low rise apartment blocks will be connected to Nottingham’s energy-from-waste district heating network, along with receiving solar panels, battery storage and external wall insulation.

The most innovative solutions will be applied to nine houses which will receive a “whole-house” solution which reduces their net energy usage to zero through a variety of extensive energy efficiency and energy generation measures.

Part of the innovation is how the works are funded, with the household paying an ‘Energy plan, meaning the resident has a much more comfortable home, and a flat rate cost for energy which will not rise significantly when energy bills rise, but it means the landlord will receive an on-going income which will help to fund works to more homes.

Councillor Alan Clark, Portfolio Holder for Energy and Sustainability, believes the new project is “really exciting.”

“We made a great start through our Greener HousiNG scheme, which has been labelled as best practice by the Government, but we are ambitious to do much more – to help more people with their bills, cut more carbon emissions, transform more homes,” he said.

“But with cuts to almost all Government funding for energy efficiency, it is vital we find ways to continue this work without subsidy and this project will test some ways to do just that.”

Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio holder for Planning and Housing, added: “Tackling fuel poverty is a huge priority for Nottingham City Homes; they are committed to ensuring that their tenants can afford to heat their homes well every winter.

“They have already improved the average Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of their properties to a C rating and are continuing to invest in their properties to ensure that they meet the low carbon standards of the future.

“The REMOURBAN project allows them to pilot innovative technologies and procurement processes to achieve this.”  

“The results of the REMOURBAN project combined with the Greener HousiNG model, which seeks to make energy efficiency much more affordable for private home owners and Nottingham City Homes alike, should deliver significant energy and carbon savings across the city.”

This builds on the Nottingham’s award winning Greener HousiNG scheme, which has already delivered external wall insulation to over 6,000 homes and solar panels to over 4,000 homes.

Greener HousiNG is a domestic energy efficient scheme jointly delivered by Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham Energy Partnership to provide city-wide energy upgrades to make Nottingham homes warmer, more energy efficient and cheaper to run.

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