Energy in buildings

Energy in Buildings: retrofitting works

  • We have switched to 100% renewable electricity for all WDC electricity supply, saving around 1,260 tCO2e.
  • A total of £909,000 (including £744,000 from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund) is being spent on replacing gas boilers with heat pumps, plus associated thermal efficiency measures in 3 WDC buildings, saving approximately 138t CO2e.
  • In addition, £1,350,000 has been awarded from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator programme for 50 Council homes with current low energy ratings to undergo whole house energy retrofits using some of the latest technology available. Examples of the kind of works included are:
    • the replacement of windows with high-performance triple glazing
    • under floor and loft insulation
    • mechanical ventilation with heat recovery to reduce the risk of damp and mould and provide fresh filtered air
  • Under the Green Homes Grant (Local Authority Delivery (LAD)) scheme, £400,000 for has been obtained for retrofitting private and Council housing properties to be matched with Housing Improvement Programme funding.
  • A further £1,250,000 funding has been obtained under LAD Phase 2 for thermal efficiency and low carbon energy measures for 163 social housing units. Works include solar PV, air source heat pumps, loft insulation and cavity wall insulation. The works are predicted to deliver carbon savings of around 4200tCO2e.
  • Through Act on Energy, EcoFlex grants have been provided to residents, predominantly for fuel poverty and residents with health conditions, but many with carbon reduction benefits as well. 
  • More funding has been applied for from the Sustainable Warmth Competition Fund (a combination of LAD3 and HUG1 funding) targeting some of the most energy inefficient private sector housing in the District.
  • We have set aside £18m in the Housing Investment Programme for carbon reduction measures in Council homes and recruitment is currently taking place for new building surveyor posts to drive this work.

Energy in Buildings: new buildings

  • Bringing forward low or zero carbon new buildings:
    • Proposals for the Community Stadium
    • Kenilworth Leisure Centres (these are not zero carbon, but do include some significant energy efficiency reductions over and above building regulations)
    • Significant carbon reduction measures incorporated into the Creative Quarter – Spencer Yard proposal (albeit this is not net zero carbon due to the need to incorporate measures within listed and historic buildings)
  • We are leading the way in investing in low carbon social housing including:
    • Development of 54 housing units at Europa Way (nearing completion) with carbon reduction upgrades
    • An agreement to purchase 43 housing units at Bishops Tachbrook with net zero carbon specification
  • We have helped influence the design of the new HQ building of 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts to swap the proposed gas heating system for Air Source Heat Pumps and Photovoltaic Panels.
  • Net Zero Carbon standards are included in the draft development brief for the redevelopment of Riverside House.
  • There will be a new cycle hire scheme and café at Newbold Comyn which will also be a zero carbon design.

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