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Wiltshire Unitary Authority: Housing Energy Efficiency Programme (HEEP)

  • Location: Wiltshire

  • Purpose: A programme of energy efficiency measures is improving Wiltshire Council’s social housing stock to an EPC B at minimum which focuses on low income and low energy performance homes (EPC D, E & F) and off the gas grid homes. The council is looking to retrofit 5,000 homes by 2030 making their social housing stock warmer, cheaper and greener.

  • Description: Wiltshire Council adopted a ‘fabric first’ approach to the scheme by starting with insulation, window, and door upgrades before installing heat pumps. It is also installing roof mounted solar panels to mitigate against increased electricity usage from construction. As of April 2022, 90 properties across Wiltshire have had energy efficiency measures installed including air source heat pumps, ventilation upgrades, loft and cavity wall insulation and smart hot water cylinders.

  • Funding: The project will entail a £50 million investment over 10 years. Wiltshire Council received government funding through the Local Authority Delivery (LAD) Scheme and £546,000 from the Green Homes Grant.

  • Conservative councillor/ council lead: Leader of Wiltshire Council and Portfolio Holder for Climate Change Cllr Richard Clewer and Portfolio Holder for Housing, Cllr Robert Yuill

  • Further links: Wiltshire Council’s HEEP page and Wiltshire Council’s HEEP update.

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