Manchester to trial first Green Deal project

The Green Deal is a big deal. The government want to make every home low-carbon by 2016 and significantly reduce Britain’s carbon footprint. Now Manchester has kick-started these plans…

Salix Homes have announced that they will be trialling the government’s Green Deal plans in Manchester by retrofitting 2,500 homes in the city.

Construction Enquirer reports that this pilot scheme will initially involve retrofitting the 2,500 homes with energy-saving measures such as cavity wall insulation and improved heating systems. The trailblazing scheme will then expand to 9,000 homes, with the overall goal to “greenify” all of Manchester’s 260,000 social homes.

This pilot project is expected to create around 1,800 jobs in the city and aims to show investors and other construction companies the benefit of green deal investment, which they can then roll out in other areas around the UK.

The Green Deal is expected to begin next year and will involve working on millions of UK homes to make them more energy-efficient.

The way it will work is that the housing association will pay for the repairs, which are expected to save homeowners up to £500 a year on energy bills. The homeowners will pay the money back through their energy bills.

What does the Green Deal mean for the construction industry then? Thousands of extra jobs is the answer, as 100,000 green contractors are expected to be employed in the next few years to upgrade Britain’s homes. 27,000 people are currently employed in the insulation sector.

The government’s Housing Minister Grant Shapps said in a statement:

“I’m delighted to announce for the first time, a large scale project to upgrade thousands of social homes.

With homes counting for a quarter of all UK emissions, we must and can do more to make our homes greener. That’s why we’re nailing down a zero carbon approach so tough new green standards can come into effect from 2016.”

I’m glad that the construction industry is embracing the Green Deal, as it has the potential to create thousands of new jobs in the industry. All we need now is other cities to start following in Manchester’s footsteps.

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Posted on March 9, 2011, in construction jobs, construction news, Electrical News, electrician courses, electrician jobs, plumbing, plumbing jobs, Plumbing News, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This is great news. Hope this trend crosses the Atlantic. This is a relatively inexpensive way to lower emissions.

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