Home energy project means housing association tenants look forward to cheaper fuel bills

Families living in a pre-war Hemel Hempstead terrace can look forward to cheaper fuel bills after the completion of an innovative energy project by Hightown Praetorian & Churches Housing Association.

The work, carried out as part of a total refurbishment of the homes by the Hertfordshire-based charitable housing association, has included a renewable heating system for each property using air source heat pumps and the latest hot water storage cylinders.

It means the Hightown tenants living in the three properties will not only have smaller heating bills and warmer homes, but their carbon emissions will also be reduced.

The four-month-long project, carried out by West Sussex-based BSW Building Services Limited, included the following renewable energy work:

  • Mitsubishi Ecodan monobloc air source heat pumps fitted outside to provide the full heating and hot water requirements.
  • The latest Ecodan FTC 5 hot water storage cylinders using plate heat exchanger technology which gives a 17% improvement in hot water efficiency and improved heat up times.

A range of internal insulation work has also improved energy efficiency. It included:

  • All three properties received 50mm Gyproc Thermaline Super board on the external walls. This is a very high performing, yet cost-effective, thermal laminate used for refurbishment where a substantial upgrade in thermal insulation is required.
  • All timber ground floorboards were removed and replaced with 200mm slab insulation and 18mm chipboard flooring.
  • Existing sub-standard loft insulation removed and replaced with 300mm thick quilt insulation.

Refurbishment work on each home also involved upgraded or replacement kitchens and bathrooms, new carpeting, replacement upvc doors and structural alterations such as new doorways and full decoration.

Outside the properties, the project has included replacement guttering and drainage, major garden clearance with 540 sq m of new turf laid, as well as fencing, tree surgery and tree and shrub removal.

Mark Salmon, Hightown’s Procurement Manager, said:

“We aim to provide excellent housing for all our tenants, so we’re proud to see this project completed.

“Not only have the properties been totally transformed, but all the latest environmental technology has been used to help keep the houses warm as well as reducing bills and carbon emissions. The tenants are delighted with their new-look homes.”