Dundee City Council in partnership with Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) is investing in an energy efficiency project being delivered by SSE in the city’s Woodside area amounting to around 600 properties. The investment is part of the Council’s commitment to bring every Council home in their housing stock up to the Scottish Quality Housing Standards (SQHS) by reducing fuel poverty and by reducing the environmental impact of their resident’s homes. The project is being funded by Dundee City Council under the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programmes Area Based Schemes (HEEPS-ABS) and SSE’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
What We Did
We were contracted by SSE to design and execute a programme of works with the aim of renewing the look of around 600 properties and to improve their energy efficiency through the install of an Alsecco external wall insulated render system (EWI). In line with our general practices, local labour and supply chain partners have been used throughout the contract.
The original specifications of the job included:
Hack off of existing render
Install of EWI and all associated works
Roofing Works in Mid Craigie
Environmentals Works - bin stores, paths and gates
42 BISF Properties- Strip of original facades & structural strengthening
As the contract has progressed a number of elements have been added as well as work being carried out directly for the Dundee City Council which has not impacted on their budget - adding value to the contract. To date (Nov 2015) the contract has been worth £4.8M.
The aim of the project is to improve Dundee City Council’s housing stock and subsequently the quality of accommodation offered to their tenants. The application of an External Wall Insulation system has made each property more efficient in containing heat, in turn minimising its environmental impact, making the house feel warmer and resulting in a substantial monetary saving in its occupants heating bills. To date works have been carried out within budget and within the timescales set.
John Flynn, Project Officer for Dundee City Council said;
“...above and beyond the performance of the contractor, the previous experience and knowledge of using many EWI systems has been evident. This gives a client comfort in ensuring that quality standards are being maintained, but they have also been instrumental in providing technical information required to progress future projects. Their flexibility to undertake demanding timescales and scope of works should also be acknowledged.”