Laura Sharman 06 November 2020

Thousands of social homes to be decarbonised in Wales

Thousands of social homes to be decarbonised in Wales image

The Welsh Government has committed £10m to upgrade the energy efficiency of at least 1,000 existing social homes.

The Optimised Retrofit Programme (ORP) will bring together councils and housing associations to test different ways of turning social homes into zero carbon homes using new energy efficient materials and technologies.

It will also consider the materials homes are made from and how they use and store energy.

Minister for housing and local government, Julie James, said: ‘If it is successful, Optimised Retrofit will set the standard for retrofit schemes in Wales and be the forerunner of an approach and an industry to decarbonise all 1.4 million homes in Wales by 2050.

’But it is critical we get the approach right first. Just throwing money at the problem doesn’t work and can end up in the installation of poorly fitted measures that aren’t right for the house, don’t work and have to be replaced in just a few years.’

The Welsh Government said the programme will create up to 15,000 jobs in Wales by 2050, and develop the local green economy.

Minister for economy and transport, Ken Skates, said: ‘The Optimised Retrofit Programme will stimulate a new retrofit industry, providing a real boost to the Welsh economy. This scheme has the potential to drive up private sector investment, help people develop new skills and provide important training opportunities. Innovation will be a key part of this through new techniques and ways of using materials.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

People Information Analyst

Essex County Council
£32500 - £35289 per annum
People Information AnalystPermanent, Full TimeUp to £35,289 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Pension Officer

Essex County Council
Up to £12.02 per hour
Pension Officer Temporary, Full Time Up to £12.02 per hour Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Key Worker - Young Carers

Essex County Council
£20604 - £22149 per annum
Key Worker - Young CarersPermanent, Full TimeUp to £22,149 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Digital Forensic Analyst

North Yorkshire County Council
£20,493 to £22,627
We are looking for someone who has a minimum of NVQ Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy, is a strong communicator with... Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Primary Mental Health Worker

Barnet London Borough Council
£47,841 - £52,886 Per Annum
An exciting career opportunity has arisen for a full time enthusiastic and energetic clinical psychologist or equivalent to join... London (Greater)
Recuriter: Barnet London Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue