Hundreds of social housing homes in Enfield are to be made more energy efficient, after Enfield Council successfully bid for £3.5 million in funding from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.

As a result, Enfield social housing tenants will have warmer homes and will see lower energy bills once the improvements to the 267 Council homes are made.

The grant from the government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Wave 2.2 Fund will be put towards Retrofit Enfield, a borough-wide initiative by Enfield Council to improve council homes to make them warmer and more efficient.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Ayten Guzel said: “By improving the energy efficiency of these properties, the Council will help to deliver warm, energy efficient homes, reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. We will be helping to improve the comfort and wellbeing of some of the lowest income households with these modifications. We are committed to investment in existing homes in Enfield as part of our Good Growth Strategy.”

With the addition of this funding, Retrofit Enfield will seek to: widen the whole-home approach of the Retrofit Accelerator Housing project, expanding the scheme to 120 homes from 10; and integrate with an existing programme of improvements to 14 blocks and 157 flats. The aim is to bring their energy rating, known as the EPC, to an expected C grade from D, E and F.

Enfield Council has already successfully delivered 10 deep home retrofits in Edmonton Green and Haselbury wards with backing from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund and working alongside the Mayor of London’s Retrofit Accelerator and contractor Osborne.

Improvements included external wall insulation, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system, triple glazing and new doors, solar panels, air source heat pumps, and taking properties off-gas. Drone footage of these homes will be available on the Council’s YouTube channel.

Enfield Council has an ambitious climate action programme with an aim to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030, and a carbon neutral borough by 2040. To learn more, visit the Council’s climate action pages

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