Energy and construction specialist Ecogee has secured a £2.7m contract from Cobalt Housing to install energy-efficiency measures at 287 homes across North Liverpool. How will this help Liverpool to reach its decarbonisation targets?
It is said that Ecogee will work on the properties as part of a £5.2 million investment to improve energy efficiency in the homes.
Ecogee is an energy and construction specialist company providing green energy solutions across the North West.
There are more than 37,000 people living in fuel poverty in Liverpool
Cobalt Housing has secured funding for the scheme from a share of £31.7 million secured from the UK Government by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
It comes as part of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF), and the Home Upgrade Grant. These are aiming to help social housing providers tackle fuel poverty, reduce carbon emissions, and make homes across the Liverpool City Region more energy-efficient by 2025.
By installing new ventilation, loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, and solar PV into the properties, Ecogee will also conduct £2.8 million worth of investment works in the homes which will include the installation of new kitchens, bathrooms, and re-wiring.
Brendan Helm, Ecogee’s Managing Director explained that securing this contract is showing that North Liverpool is focusing on transitioning to becoming more sustainable.
He said: “We’re delighted to have been chosen to work with Cobalt Housing on the retrofit project. Being able to deliver much-needed energy-efficient solutions to so many homes gives us great confidence that we are on our way to tackling fuel poverty.”
Continuing, he highlighted that putting the local community first is key to Ecogee: “There are more than 37,000 people living in fuel poverty in Liverpool and Sefton, so projects like these are vital and hopefully aim to lower our local communities’ gas and electricity bills, as well as reducing carbon emissions overall.”
The contract will help North Liverpool to build towards a more sustainable future
With the homes currently having an energy performance (EPC) rated below SAP Band C, it is essential that North Liverpool focuses on improving the energy efficiency of the homes.
Operations Manager at Ecogee, Maria O’Connor, added that collaboration is key to building a thriving community: “By working together with Cobalt Housing and Ridge and Partners, in partnership with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, we can create better economic growth through these job opportunities, while also giving the community better-run homes that will help towards the net zero plan.”
It’s fantastic that Cobalt Housing has recognised this and together we can forge a path towards a more energy-efficient, sustainable and prosperous future for all.
The retrofit measures form part of the decarbonisation investment schemes to ensure the government’s targets to have homes ‘fit for future’ are being met. The schemes will also create 20,000 jobs in the construction and home retrofit sectors.
Going forward, Ecogee is set to create a further ten jobs for the works, with the project concluding at the start of 2025.