Pressure on to retrofit UK's tower blocks

Published on Tuesday, 15 February 2011 12:49
Posted by Scott Buckler

There is increasing pressure on housing associations to retrofit the UK's tower blocksAccording to Inside Housing, there are 338,275 flats in high-rise blocks in England. Many were built over 40 years ago and are in need of major energy efficiency upgrades.

 

The news provider examined the problems that face retrofitting tower blocks, from funding to re-housing tenants during the improvements.

However, the Association of Residential Letting Agents warned landlords this week to make improvements now before the government imposes regulation.

The website highlighted the example set by Newham Council, which is undertaking an £8 million retrofit at a 23-storey block.

Features include aluminium rainscreen cladding, 200mm insulation, triple glazing, condensing boilers and 370 square metres of photovoltaic panels.

The solar PV will produce 40,000 kWh of electricity a year and excess energy sold back to the grid through the feed-in tariff will repay the £100,000 government grant that paid for the panels.

To incentivise landlords, the news provider stated, the Technology Strategy Board is considering an innovation competition for apartment blocks, similar to its Retrofit for the Future pilots for low-rise buildings.

Source: ©EST

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