New CCHA properties are being designed to achieve EPC A…

What does EPC A mean?

EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificates which are marked out of 100 and given a letter grading between A – G. An ‘A’ grading means an energy efficiency score of 92+, whereas a ‘G’ grade means a grading of below 20. The higher the score, the more energy efficient your home is as it is better insulated, gives out less CO2 emissions, and generally uses less energy overall for you to live comfortably. As a result, the environment is treated with kindness as is your bank balance – a higher EPC rating means lower energy bills.

How do homes give out CO2 emissions?

The majority of CO2 emitted by houses is generated through heating. As a result, we are no longer installing gas heating at our properties meaning less fossil fuels are needed to heat your homes. It’s likely that the installation of gas central heating in new homes will be banned by Welsh and Central Government from around 2025 in order to combat carbon emissions.

What about homes already built?

We’re collaborating with a number of other registered social landlords and carrying out home surveys. This allows us to assess what EPC rating our properties currently have, and the best way we can get them to an EPC A. Using specialist software (as part of the Optimised Retrofit Programme), we’ll be able to know what the best improvements are needed for your homes to achieve that EPC A rating.

It will be a costly exercise; we estimate it will take £53 million. However, whilst this a big investment upfront, together we will recoup the costs in the long run.

Let’s talk Solar Power again…

This year, we’re installing solar panels on 20 existing CCHA homes. In these homes, there will be a reduction in electricity that needs to be drawn from the National Grid, which means a reduction in electricity bills by around 50-60%. On those days where more electricity is generated by the panels that can be used, they’ll be stored in batteries.

This project will be part funding by a capital grant from the Welsh Government called the Optimised Retrofit Programme Grant.

…Anything else?

Yes! Expect more opportunities for bio-diversity in our developments by incorporating wildflower meadows and green roofs. We’re also including the provision of electric vehicle charging points at our future development sites for electric vehicles. 

Any thoughts or comments?

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