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Council wins another top award for its housing retrofit work in Exeter

Published: 28 June 2023

Council wins another top award for its housing retrofit work in Exeter Top award for housing retrofit work

Exeter’s retrofit housing programme has been honoured at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

The City Council won the national Green Homes Upgrade of the Year category at the prestigious Unlock Net Zero Live awards in Manchester. 

The award is for the Council’s ambitious housing retrofit programme, which is expanding in the city, improving living conditions and providing affordable warmth for tenants.

Retrofitting includes energy cutting measures including exterior wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, new windows and doors and draft proofing measures, as well as heat pumps and solar panel installation.

Cllr Barbara Denning, Lead Councillor for Council Housing, said: “I am so pleased that once again the hard work and dedication of our team at the Labour-led City Council has been recognised with a prestigious award.

“The team works hard in obtaining funding to retrofit our Council properties. Making these homes warmer and more energy efficient makes a big difference in improving the quality of life for our residents. It also helps to cut carbon emissions in the city, and I am very proud of everything that is being achieved here in Exeter.”

Bindu Arjoon, Exeter City Council’s Chief Executive, said: “This latest award for our housing team recognises the importance of the work to improve the Council’s housing stock and improve the lives of the residents who live in these homes.

“We have a very ambitious programme in Exeter which we are delivering, so to be honoured with a national award for this work is testament to the great work of the team at the City Council – it has been a fantastic team effort by all involved.”

The Green Homes Upgrade of the Year award recognises and champions the progress on the journey to decarbonisation in the UK housing sector and the supply chain that support it.

More than 400 Council properties have been retrofitted in Exeter - saving money for tenants on their fuel bills at a time of spiralled energy costs and also cutting carbon emissions.

Funding was recently secured for a further 245 Council houses in Exeter to be fully retrofitted to improve their energy efficiency over the next two years.

The programme is designed to save residents money on fuel bills and lower the city’s carbon footprint by reducing carbon emissions.

The Council has now won a series of recent awards for its ambitious retrofitting programme.

In May it won two of the major categories – Regional Landlord of the Year and Regional Large Scale Project of the Year - at the South West Energy Efficiency Awards 2023.

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