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Sutton council to trial new approach to decarbonising homes

Sutton Council becomes the first London Borough to work with Energiesprong to drive zero-emission homes. 

Energiesprong is a Dutch initiative that involves making homes carbon neutral by insulating the external walls and roof areas, replacing windows and doors and installing new solar panels to power a new central heating and ventilation system.

As part of the pilot partnership, six homes in Clockhouse, Carshalton and two in Worcester Park will be transformed so that they generate most of the energy needed for their heating, hot water and electrical appliances.

In total, Sutton Housing Partnership (SHP) plan to retrofit up to 100 homes using the Energiesprong approach.

The first eight homes are expected to be completed by summer 2021, while work on the additional homes will begin this spring. The project is due to be completed by the end of 2022.

The construction work for the first eight properties is being carried out by ENGIE, with project support from Energiesprong UK and Turner & Townsend. It is being funded by Sutton Council, the Mayor of London’s Energy Leap pilot project and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Cllr Jayne McCoy, deputy leader and chair of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee, Sutton Council said: ‘Being the first borough in London to make this environmental commitment demonstrates our determination to tackle the climate emergency head-on.

‘Retrofitting these homes will enable residents to live comfortably and more affordably while helping Sutton meet its aim of becoming carbon-neutral.”

Steve Tucker, Managing Director of Sutton Housing Partnership, added: ‘It’s fantastic that a number of Sutton Council properties will be a part of this innovative new retrofit. I am delighted that SHP residents will benefit from lower energy bills, warmer homes and a more sustainable future.

‘We’re very proud to be working with our partners to deliver this ground-breaking initiative towards a carbon-neutral borough and supporting Sutton Council in its ambitious plans to tackle the climate emergency.’

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