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The Net Zero Journey: Net Zero Week 2nd-8th July 2022

As part of Net Zero week, we are pleased to share the plans we have to reduce the environmental impact of our business and the properties we own. We recognise that Elim can only play a tiny role in addressing climate change, but it is important that we make our own contribution towards carbon neutrality, and that we support our customers to do so also.

Throughout 2021 a working group of colleagues and board members has been meeting, listening to experts from outside the organisation and discussing the actions which Elim can and should take. Our strategy is not just about what Elim can do alone, it is also a platform for collective action working with partners, commissioners, customers and contractors to extend the impact and efficiency of our actions. We must also seek to reduce the impact of our homes without adding cost to our customers, many of whom are on low incomes.

Decarbonising our homes is one of the biggest challenges facing the Housing Sector and we are currently undertaking a project to raise the EPC performance of our lower performing properties up to a C Energy Performance Certificate. This project, which is the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund is funded by both Government and Elim with a combined value of £1.2M. This project involves carrying out detailed energy assessments and designing measures which will then be installed.

This is a fabric first approach so mainly is aimed at improving the thermal performance of these buildings to make them more economical to heat. The measures include insulation, replacement windows and doors with A rated windows and doors, mechanical heat recovery ventilation, some high retention night storage heaters and solar panels and other measures. 

We look forward to sharing updates on this project with you. If you would like to find out more or are interested in working with us to achieve our plans please contact Jed Revans at j.revans@elimhousing.co.uk


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