People living in council housing in Portsmouth are set to benefit from improved living conditions thanks to a new scheme from Portsmouth City Council.

The council bid for and won £1.9m through the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund to improve the energy efficiency of some of the council’s hardest to treat homes and is set to start in April this year.

The project will retrofit up to 141 council homes to ensure they reach at least an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) of band C. Measures to be installed include external wall insulation, windows and loft insulation top ups.

Cllr Darren Sanders, Portsmouth City Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Tackling Homelessness, says:

“We are thrilled to have received this funding, as it will allow us to make significant enhancements to our tenant’s homes. Our primary goal is to upgrade the energy efficiency of our homes, save money and ensure that our residents remain comfortable throughout the year. This investment will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the families involved. We are excited to help create better living conditions through this scheme.”

In addition to enhancing living conditions, the project will lead to a decrease in carbon emissions from these homes, aligning with the council’s goal to achieve net zero emissions by 2030. The retrofit approach prioritises the buildings with the most urgent needs and focuses on improving building fabric first.