Department for Energy Security and Net Zero Strategy visits Wythenshawe

Department for Energy Security and Net Zero Strategy (DESNZ) visits Wythenshawe to take a look at the work underway to improve the energy performance of our homes.

We're nearly finished on a project to retro-fit external wall insulation to homes unsuitable for conventional cavity-fill insulation. This project was supported by a grant from the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund and we've worked with a group of housing providers in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

Using the latest high performance insulation system, with render and brick panel finishes, meant the original style and character of the properties has been retained whilst achieving higher energy efficiency standards. These higher standards is helping reduce our carbon footprint and energy usage and bills for customers in over 100 homes.

Rob MacDougall, our Head of Assets and Building Safety said, “The programme has been a success, with valuable learning and insight shared with partners in GMCA. We'll take this forward on our next retro-fit project starting later this year. We're keeping in touch with customers to gather useful data on the longer term impact of the work on their homes.”

Cllr Tom Ross, GMCA lead for the Green City Region, said, “Ongoing work to reduce the energy used in homes across Greater Manchester is playing a vital role in reducing both carbon emissions and energy bills, helping make our city-region a greener and fairer place for all. It’s fantastic to see how tenants are already benefitting from the many improvements being made to their homes, all whilst supporting the growth of the retrofit employment sector and contributing to Greater Manchester’s long-term environmental vision – to be carbon neutral by 2038.”

This project is part of wider efforts by GMCA and their registered provider partners to improve the energy efficiency of social homes across the city region. Over 6,000 of the region’s social homes are receiving upgrades totalling £113m, following GMCA securing almost £45m grant funding from the first two waves of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, with a further £68m in match funding provided by local partners.

Read more about how we were awarded more than £2 million in government funding to make homes more efficient and cut carbon.

Department for Energy Security and Net Zero Strategy visits Wythenshawe