Bristol approves second phase of energy efficiency scheme

Bristol City Council has approved the next phase of its Warmer Homes programme, which will deliver improvements to 1,715 council flats across the city.

The first phase of the programme was approved by Cabinet in 2012 and is managed by the Housing Delivery team within the council. 

The Council’s Cabinet met last week (4 August) to approve the next installment.

The funding for the programme comes from a mixture of sources, including Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding from EDF Energy. 

“The majority of council housing stock in Bristol was built between 1950 and 1970, so some flats are now in need of improvement,” said Bristol City Council’s Service Director for Housing Delivery, Steven Barrett.

“The Warmer Homes programme will benefit tenants in a number of ways and a key benefit will be reducing heat loss from homes. This will decrease the risk of fuel poverty for tenants and help with the associated health problems of living in a colder home,” he added.

“The council manages 28,000 properties across Bristol and this fresh wave of improvement work shows our commitment to making council homes as warm and comfortable as possible. We want to create a more sustainable city for everyone, and schemes such as the Warmer Homes initiative go a long way towards modernising the housing stock in Bristol to reduce our carbon emissions.”

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