Matilda’s Blanket to shield council homes from the cold

North Lanarkshire Council is to use a new insulation system called Matilda’s Blanket to warm up local authority properties.

The system has already proved highly effective in combatting cold and damp in social housing across England and will help North Lanarkshire bring more than 200 properties up to the new Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH).

Matilda’s Blanket can be fitted without wet trades or associated upheaval, removing the need to displace tenants during works.

At the recent Glasgow Anniesland project, all tenants remained in their homes during the installation of Matilda’s Blanket and gave a definitive 98% positive response when asked if they would recommend the solution to friends and family.

“We want all our tenant’s to live in warm, affordable and energy efficient homes,” said North Lanarkshire’s Head of Housing Property, Des Murray. 

“Our energy team work tirelessly to find a range of products and solutions suitable for homes here in North Lanarkshire, and the Matilda’s Blanket system is at the cutting-edge of wall insulation techniques.

“People already staying in our homes fitted with this product have noticed a significant difference in both warmth and lower fuel costs and we are looking forward to expanding this programme to other suitable locations.” 

Matilda’s Planet, the company behind the Blanket system, has undertaken detailed computer modelling to demonstrate the clear opportunity for larger Scottish housing providers and their tenants, by addressing their energy inefficient properties.

Sean McLaughlin, Managing Director of Matilda’s Planet, said: “The civic alliance statement last week touches on real human issues.I’m delighted to see forward-thinking housing providers in Scotland like North Lanarkshire Council being proactive in finding solutions to address the energy inefficiency in their older housing stock, helping their customers to battle the cold.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues