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Thamesmead house aims to help the environment

PUBLISHED: 16:13 31 May 2012

The Wolvercote Road house in Thamesmead

The Wolvercote Road house in Thamesmead

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Thamesmead housing association has completed a green refit of a property as part of a £10 million government scheme to cut carbon emissions.

The Wolvercote Road building, part of Gallions Housing Association, received £150,000 from the Technology Strategy Board as part of the Retrofit project.

It has put to use energy saving technologies which are not commonly used in household settings. They include a solar collector, which absorbs heat from the sun and reduces the need for heating by conventional methods, as well as improving the insulation to keep heat inside.

Gallions’ investment planning manager Martin Montgomery said: “The social housing sector has the opportunity to take a lead role here in terms of energy reduction.”

The property will be monitored for the next two years to determine the exact benefits.

The hope is that this pilot project will lead to similar programmes in the future.

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