Energiesprong: Nottingham City Homes 2050

The Energiesprong NCH2050 Homes project works to retrofit homes with super energy efficient measures. The DREeM (Deep Retrofit Energy Model) project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The project sees the transformation of hard-to-heat homes into super insulated, low maintenance near ‘net zero energy’ homes, increasing their energy efficiency and reducing heating and energy costs for residents. These retrofits have created desirable, warm and affordable homes, while tackling fuel poverty, climate change and improving the environmental performance of the homes, helping towards Nottingham’s ambition to be the first UK city to become carbon neutral by 2028.

The award winning project upgrades homes with innovative energy-saving and energy-generating measures, which include:

  • Removal of existing gas boiler and gas supply.
  • Super insulated external wall panels and roofs manufactured offsite.
  • New doors and windows, including new internal window surrounds.
  • Roof integrated solar PV panels with battery storage.
  • Smart metering and building performance monitoring.
  • A new energy efficient heating and hot water system using a combination of communal ground source systems and individual air source heat pumps with thermal storage.

NCH2050 Homes is a partnership between Nottingham City Homes, Nottingham City Council, Melius Homes, Enerregiesprong UK, Focus Consultants, Studio Partington, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Lincoln.

An NCH tenant from the initial pilot, Ms Esther Lutzuver, said: “These homes were really cold before and I dreaded winters. Before the energy efficiency works I was planning on moving as the cold was just getting too much. I really can’t believe the difference the refurb has made. Last winter was so much better, me and my family found the house to be really warm and my energy bills have not got more expensive in fact I’m paying less. I’m so happy living here now, I’m no longer thinking of moving, I’ve recently redecorated the whole house and I’m saving up for a new carpet.”

The project was one of just 17 projects worldwide chosen to be showcased at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).