Decarbonisation pilot project

Our Energy Project Manager Sam Batt talks about the project and what it means for our tenants and our organisation.

Latest updates and information

August 2021

August has been a busy month. Our Energy Project Manager Sam Batt took our partners and representatives from Ricardo, the company leading the government’s domestic decarbonisation projects on a tour of the site.

We also undertook some initial investigation works, to see if the proposed heating systems will work the building types and delivered our first project newsletter (link) to tenant’s involved in the project.

July 2021

In July, we continued to develop the retrofit designs and used these to submit a planning application for permission to make the changes to the homes involved.

Our Energy Project Manager Sam has also started training to become a qualified Retrofit Co-ordinator. This means that we will have the capability to manage similar projects ourselves in the future.

June 2021

In June 2021, we started preliminary survey work at the properties. This included testing the airtightness of the properties, thermographic images and taking measurements throughout the homes.

All of this work will help us create a design that will deliver the best results for our tenants and the properties.

May 2021

Working with Worcestershire Wildlife Consultancy, we undertook an ecological survey to make sure that the proposed work wouldn’t have a negative impact on the local environment or wildlife.

April 2021

Two Rivers Housing wrote to tenants inviting them to take part in the project and explaining what it would mean for them and their homes.

Two Rivers Housing signed a contract with Switchee to supply SMART Thermostats. These will be installed at the properties and will monitor the homes performance both before, during and after the work has been completed. This will enable us to show the difference the retrofit work has made in our homes. 

Find out more about Switchee.

March 2021

The funding bid was successful, and Two Rivers Housing secured £500,000 in government grants to undertake its pilot project. Work began on identifying the properties and tenants that would be invited to take part in the project and procurement of relevant contractors began.

Read the full story here.

November 2020

Two Rivers Housing submitted a joint bid with Stroud District Council and Cheltenham Borough Homes to secure funding from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to run a retrofit pilot project in a small number of homes across Gloucestershire.