A project that has radically improved the energy efficiency of ten homes in Sneinton won last night’s prestigious UK Housing Award for Innovation of the Year.

The UK Housing Awards, run by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing, are known as ‘the Oscars of the housing world’ and showcase the very best the sector has to offer. The Innovation award was given in recognition of Nottingham City Homes’ pioneering approach to tackling energy inefficiency in older housing stock to address both climate change and fuel poverty.

Nottingham City Homes the arms’ length management organisation (ALMO) that manages and maintains Nottingham City Council’s council homes, also took home the prestigious Landlord of the Year and Outstanding Approach to Tenant Involvement awards. The three awards combined highlight how by embracing new ideas and being tenant led Nottingham City Homes are making a real difference to tenants’ lives.

Nottingham City Homes is the first housing organisation in the country to adopt a ground-breaking approach known as Energiesprong. The Energiesprong approach, pioneered in the Netherlands, upgrades a home with new outside walls and windows, a solar roof, and a state of the art heating system, dramatically reducing household energy bills and making homes warmer and healthier for residents.

The construction partners for Energiesprong in Sneinton were Melius Homes, and the project has been supported and part financed by the REMOURBAN initiative that is developing a pioneering model to show how sustainability can be integrated into the regeneration of towns and cities across the UK. (Nottingham is one of three demonstrator cities for REMOURBAN).

Councillor Dave Liversidge, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Energy and Sustainability, said: “It’s a great achievement to have won these awards and testament to the innovation and commitment that Nottingham City Homes has shown to ensure its homes are ready for the zero carbon standards required across the UK by 2050.
“Many of our residents live in fuel poverty so creating more energy efficient homes to reduce people’s energy bills is a high priority for us. We’re very excited that Nottingham is at the forefront of this revolutionary approach, which can help tackle both fuel poverty and climate change.”

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes, said, “We’re extremely proud of the work we’ve done in Sneinton, and we intend to roll Energiesprong out to other homes across the city in the coming months and years to make sure that we’re combating fuel poverty and ensuring that more of our residents can benefit from warmer homes.”

You can find out more about the Ultra-low energy homes by watching this video.