'As soon as the new walls were put in place, it felt warmer straight away'
Ten Sneinton homes have become the first in the UK to have a state-of-the-art heating system fitted - bringing them up to energy efficiency standards expected in 30 years' time.
Each has been fitted with new outside walls, a solar roof, and state-of-the-art heating system.
It comes as part of a pilot project designed to make older homes more energy efficient.
Each home will be ultra-low energy, reducing consumers' household energy bills as well as making their homes warmer.
Tenant Joan Warbuton said: “As soon as the new walls were put in place, it felt warmer straight away.
"It’s a relief to know that next year’s energy bills will be a lot cheaper."
The programme is being run by Nottingham City Homes and the Arms-Length Management Organisation, which manages and maintains Nottingham City Council's housing stock.
The ground-breaking approach to retrofit homes is called "Energiesprong".
This approach, pioneered in the Netherlands, upgrades a home with new outside walls and windows, a solar roof, and a state-of-the-art heating system.
It is regarded as a revolutionary model - bringing today’s houses up to 2050 standards of energy efficiency.
The improvement works are funded as the household pays an energy plan.
Nottingham City Homes, acting on behalf of the landlord, will then use the income from the savings to fund similar works to more homes.
The resident has a more comfortable home, and a flat-rate cost for energy which will not rise significantly when energy bills increase.
Around 1,000 homes have had the improvement works in the Netherlands, and the concept has been exported to France, Germany, Luxembourg, the USA and, now, the UK.
Nottingham City Homes has signed the first UK contract, placing an order with Melius Homes for ten retrofits as a pilot, with an option for up to a further 400.
Councillor Dave Liversidge, the city council’s portfolio holder for energy and sustainability, said: “Many of our residents live in fuel poverty so creating more energy efficient homes to reduce people’s energy bills is a high priority for us.
"We’re very excited that Nottingham is at the forefront of this revolutionary approach, which can help tackle both fuel poverty and climate change.”
Nottingham City Homes chief executive, Nick Murphy, said: “We’re delighted to be part of a UK-first pilot programme, but more importantly we are creating warmer, more energy efficient homes, which are cheaper to run for residents."