During the first half of 2016, Grey District Council worked with Community Energy Action Charitable Trust (CEA), inspecting each Council pensioner housing unit and reviewing the level of insulation they currently had. This was done to check compliance under recent changes made to the Residential Tenancies Act.
Of the 118 flats in Council ownership:
- Two flats were already up to standard
- 13 flats could not be insulated due to physical constraints (see below)
- 103 flats were eligible for an insulation upgrade
With the help of funding from the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA) and CEA, Council was able to arrange for the installation of ceiling insulation to 103 flats, as well as underfloor insulation to those flats not on concrete pads. The level of insulation installed is in excess of the standards set under recent changes to the Residential Tenancies Act.
Unfortunately some flats couldn’t have the insulation installed due to physical constraints such as the roof pitch being too low or the concrete floor preventing underfloor access. Council is investigating other heating and/or insulation options for these properties and is working with the affected tenants. However, in the meantime, CEA donated duvets, hot water bottles and other energy efficiency products to help tenants through the winter.
CEA Installers were on the West Coast carrying out the installation works during July 2016. The insulation product was sourced through Mitre 10 MEGA Greymouth, who have gone the extra mile through this project.
Caroline Shone, Chief Executive of CEA says, “We are delighted to be working in a collaborative partnership with the Grey District Council to help West Coast residents to improve their living conditions. The Council’s property team have been very invested in this. We hope to be able to expand this programme in the future if we are able to source further funding for the region.”
“We would like to thank Community Energy Action for their help in upgrading our Council housing,” said Sarah Conroy, Property Officer. “The generous financial contribution will mean warmer and cosier homes this winter for sure.”