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Warm up North

02 September 2013

The first of its kind in the UK, Warm Up North is a North East wide housing retrofit project which is supported by ANEC. The local authority partnership, led by Newcastle City Council, includes most North East Councils, 10 Registered Housing Providers and 18 other public sector bodies which are involved as ‘client’ organisations.

The partnership will work collaboratively with British Gas, who were chosen in July following a competitive selection process as the delivery partner for Warm Up North, to provide home energy efficiency improvements to 10,000 – 50,000 residential properties in the North East. Work begins in September 2013.

Warm Up North is currently the UK’s most advanced regional response to Energy Company Obligations (ECO) and the Green Deal and the North East of England is increasingly a model that other areas of the country are looking to follow to delivery energy efficiency improvements.

Warm Up North will improve the energy efficiency of up to 50,000 households, including not only traditional energy efficiency measures (such as cavity wall insulation and loft insulation), but also more costly technologies such as external wall insulation or internal dry lining on solid wall properties. The measures will generally be zero or very low up-front costs to residents.

In addition to the positive impact on energy bills and fuel poverty, Warm Up North will also benefit the health and well-being of North East residents. The economic benefits of the scheme include the provision of 75 jobs to manage delivery and 300-400 in the immediate supply chain. This includes apprenticeships, training and skills opportunities.

British Gas is offering installation companies who specialise in installing energy efficiency measures in the North East the opportunity to support the Warm Up North Programme.

For more information and to respond to the opportunity by 13 September 2013 click on the following link

The Government has pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 and retrofitting exiting properties is key to achieving this ambition. Retrofitting is upgrading existing buildings with energy efficiency or renewable measures in order to reduce the amount of carbon emitted.

Under ECO, energy companies are required to invest in the energy efficiency of homes for those on certain state benefits, or those in areas with high concentrations of fuel poverty, or those with properties that are particularly difficult to treat. Under Green Deal, the cost of the works is repaid over time, out of the savings arising from the installation of the measures.

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