Homes in the Hockley area of Tamworth are to have their carbon footprint reduced in a drive to make council-owned properties warmer.
Tamworth Borough Council, working with its housing repairs contractor Equans, has launched the initiative to boost the energy efficiency of the concrete-frame houses while working towards its goal of becoming a carbon neutral authority.
The scheme is being part-funded by a £1.2 million grant from the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.
The properties, which currently have low energy performance ratings, will be fitted with a variety of upgrades including external wall insulation, loft insulation and new windows.
Cllr Alex Farrell, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for social housing and homelessness prevention, said: “We’re delighted to have received the funding as it will enable us improve some of the town’s poorest performing properties in terms of energy efficiency.”
Martin Ardron, operations director at Equans (Midlands), said: “We are proud to be partnering with Tamworth Council on this much-needed project to upgrade some of the hardest-to-heat homes in the borough.
“With the well-documented recent rises in energy bills, there’s never been a more important time to help make homes easier to heat. We are sure that this improvement work will make a real difference to residents.”