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Insulation upgrade for Solihull tower blocks

3 Sep 13 Solihull Community Housing has begun a £27m energy efficiency project in partnership with British Gas.

Work has begun on the first tower block
Work has begun on the first tower block

The aim is to improve the homes and reduce the fuel bills of almost 2,000 tenants of Solihull Council.

The project includes £25m of energy company obligation (ECO) funding and £2m of community energy saving programme (CESP) funding. The ECO project will insulate 35 Solihull Community Housing high-rise blocks and install bio-mass district heating units in 26 buildings.

All work is expected to be completed by 31 March 2015, with each individual high-rise taking just over three months to finish.

Phase one of the work has already begun on 10 of the borough’s high-rises, with the rest of the buildings following in succession.

Steve Gapik, from British Gas, said: “This will make a real difference for Solihull’s residents. Although energy costs may be rising, through this funding we are helping people to live in a comfortable, warm environment whilst keeping their energy bills down.

"The bio-mass installation in the 26 high-rises means that people living there will now have the ability to closely control their heating and hence manage their energy budgets.

“Solihull’s residents can expect to see a real improvement over the coming months as the partnership invests on a big scale to tackle fuel poverty and a wide range of energy problems.”

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