Huppert visits homes being improved under Green Deal


MP Julian Huppert visited  houses in Eastfield, Chesterton which are being clad with energy saving insulation by Hundred Houses using Government Green Deal money.

MP Julian Huppert visited houses in Eastfield, Chesterton which are being clad with energy saving insulation by Hundred Houses using Government Green Deal money.

The houses were built of solid brickwork in the 1930’s and the installation of external insulation is designed to keep heat in and save residents fuel bills in the process.

The feedback from residents has been very positive, Peter Stocker of Eastfield said: “We found that the house has been much warmer. Our gas bill went down from £5 per day to £3 per day.”

Some houses were done two years ago and made a huge difference.

Ginnah Bakri commented, “The house now performs for a more comfortable home all year round. She says that it has allowed her to make some “major savings to her gas bill in winter”. To make the comparison, “Prior to the renovation I was only heating 2 or three rooms in the house (doors closed) and with heating on number 4 it was still cold everywhere. After the renovations I can heat the whole home and on number 2 it is very comfortable”. On the opposite side, the house is cool in summer whereas it was uncomfortably hot before.

Julian expressed his support for the improvements being made by the housing society. “It’s great to see practical energy saving steps being made and I’m sure will benefit residents for many years to come. Energy Efficiency has to be a key priority; it saves people money as well as reducing climate change.

Chris Jackson, chief executive of Hundred Houses said, “We have been able to do this as a result of the City agreeing a new 125 year lease with Hundred Houses. The new lease removes the requirement to pay ground rent of 20% of our rental income to the City. The ground rent of £80,500 will be paid as a premium each year, pegged to inflation but not linked to the number of houses. We anticipate that 35 houses and gardens will be redeveloped to provide over 50 new homes, a significant improvement in reducing the waiting list and helping people into the housing ladder through shared ownership. A small number of homes will also be sold to recycle the capital to funding the rented properties to be built”.
For more information go to: www.homesandcommunities.gsx.gov.


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