Homes in Gosport get new insulationDate: Fri 19th February 2016
Homes in Rowner are set to see their homes improved - and their energy bills lowered - thanks to a project to install external wall insulation on the properties.
The work, which is being carried out by the Gosport Borough Council, in partnership with other agencies, is set to make a big difference to the residents by making their homes more comfortable and cheaper to heat.
The properties involved in the project have a solid wall construction with a timber frame front and back. Currently, they have no thermal wall insulation and at all, meaning that heat can easily escape from the building and the homes are very expensive to keep warm.
Work on these homes is being carried out with the help of the Green Deal Communities Fund, as well as the Energy Company Obligation. The council is paying part of the bill and residents are covering some of the costs as well.
Commenting on the work, Carol White, energy efficiency and sustainability officer at the council said she was happy with how the project was proceeding so far. "We are delighted to have been able to achieve such a successful outcome for the residents and cannot wait to see the work complete," she explained.
So far, two of the blocks have been insulated and residents have already reported significant improvements. The cost of heating has gone down and the external insulation has meant that the appearance of the properties improved too. Ms White said that residents are "over the moon with the new look of their homes".
For some time now, they have been asking for the council to improve the ex-Ministry of Defence maisonettes, and this facelift seems to have been just what was necessary to make a real difference.
In recent years, Rowner has seen a significant amount of regeneration. Last year, a block of derelict flats in the town was demolished to make way for around more than 100 new homes. Once completed, the regeneration will include nearly 500 new homes, as well as a supermarket, pharmacy, cafe and sandwich shop.