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Enfield Council wins top energy-saving award

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11 April 2016

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Enfield Council has won a prestigious award for delivering a project which provides energy efficient heating and hot water to 170 flats.

Enfield Council has won a prestigious award for delivering a project which provides energy efficient heating and hot water to 170 flats.

This is the first phase of a heating renewal initiative which we hope to roll out to many more homes as part of a programme delivering fuel efficiency measures in the borough.

The Council was presented with the award at a lunch at the Wembley Stadium on Monday, 11 April at the London Regional Energy Efficiency and Retrofit Awards 2016, for the best large scale project of the year costing over £250,000.

Enfield Council beat off stiff competition from EDF, Barking & Dagenham Council; Brent Housing Partnership; Keepmoat; City Energy and Lakehouse Limited.

Cllr Ahmet Oykener, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing & Housing Regeneration, said: “It’s great that our project has been recognised in this way and it demonstrates our commitment to delivering innovative schemes.

“Enfield Council is the first in England to take this exciting step and over the next few weeks contractors will be engaged in getting the complex system running.

“This project is providing heating and hot water systems to 170 flats on our Exeter Road estate in Ponders End – and it is saving each family as much as £500 a year in energy costs. It will make a huge difference to our residents.”

The scheme saw massive drills in Exeter Road plumbing depths of 220 metres to extract naturally stored ground energy sources through sixty bore holes deep inside the earth. Heat pump systems were installed to convey stored ground energy through intricate communal pipework to the homes on the estate.

The project also contributes to the ‘Enfield 2020’ sustainability programme, which includes a number of projects aiming to introduce better ways to save energy; reduce carbon emissions and to protect the environment.

Cllr Ahmet Oykener, added: “This innovative solution satisfies all our requirements. It provides warmth and hot water at much reduced cost; harnesses a natural heat source reducing our carbon emissions and replaces an old under floor heating system.

“Combined with wall insulation and new windows at the same time through our Decent Homes programme we completed a total energy saving retro-fit estimated to save up to of 50% of the total individual fuel bills, which could be as much as £500 per family, per annum.”

The wall insulation, window replacement and heating renewal works costed in excess of £6m to complete and this was part funded from the council’s Housing Revenue Account and also from ECO funding from both First Utility and British Gas. These ECO funding contributions were in the region of nearly £2m.

To find out more about Enfield 2020 and how this project is part of something bigger, please visit: http://www.enfield.gov.uk/enfield2020