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Solid wall insulation initiative in north Manchester

Solid wall insulation is to be fitted to around 800 domiciles in north Manchester as part of a £4.2 million scheme.

Northwards Housing has commenced the initiative to improve the thermal insulation of some of the city's oldest houses, which were generally built in the 1960s or 1970s and are unsuitable for cavity wall insulation.

This makes fitting lagging to them significantly more challenging, while these properties can also be more difficult to keep warm.

As traditional methods of lagging are unsuitable, high performance external wall insulation is to be fitted to these domiciles.

The Energy Saving Trust notes this can also improve the soundproofing qualities of a structure, minimise drafts and increase the lifespan of brickwork.

Furthermore, thermal insulation in the loft space will also be fitted if required and replacement boilers will be provided.

Tenants will enjoy a deduction in gas and electricity bills of up to £100 every year, while annual carbon dioxide emissions will fall by almost 1,400 tonnes.

Eco-friendly recommendations will also be provided to members of the public, informing them of how they can become more fuel efficient.

This should result in hundreds of people staying warm and saving money.

Financing has come from Northward's own capital programme, which provided £1.1 million.

A further £1.9 million was sourced through the European Regional Development Fund, while the government's Community Energy Saving Programme gave the project £1.2 million.

Manchester City Council's executive member for the environment councillor Nigel Murphy explained this initiative will help the region achieve the targets set out in Manchester - A Certain Future, which stipulated a 41 per cent cut in carbon emissions by 2020.

"Schemes such as this, aimed at helping residents' fuel bills, are a key part of this plan," he said.

Residents will not only have lower fuel bills but can also improve the external appearance of their dwellings, the councillor pointed out, claiming it will make "a massive difference" to hundreds of people.

"We're very pleased with the work. The workmen were extremely tidy when they were here, and we think it'll make a really big difference for us this winter," 73-year-old Higher Blackley tenant Thomas Frater said.

He was one of the first to benefit from solid wall insulation fitted under this project.

Posted by Rachel Jenkins