ENGIE and Moat launch zero carbon retrofit homes

10th May 2019

One of the UK’s first zero carbon retrofit homes projects has successfully launched in Essex, thanks to a new partnership between Moat Homes Limited and leading energy and services provider ENGIE.

The five-home pilot scheme in Maldon, utilises the innovative Energiesprong model and is supported by E=0 project funding from the European Union. Moat, one of the funding partners for Energiesprong, appointed ENGIE to carry out the project with the aim of providing energy efficiency improvements to existing housing stock to reduce fuel poverty - whilst improving the health and well-being of residents. The long-term aim is for the properties to become fully self-sustaining, drawing very little (if any) energy from the national grid. 
Each property is now utilising energy provided by roof-mounted solar PV panels and battery storage. ENGIE has also installed a series of additional energy efficiency measures including specialist panels to external walls to make the properties air tight, new energy efficient pitched roofs and MVHR (Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery) units to heat and ventilate the buildings. New triple-glazed windows and new electric cookers have also been added to the properties.
As a result, the final energy performance for each property will be near net carbon zero. The external panels can also be removed to install more energy efficient insulation in the future.
ENGIE will now maintain the homes and guarantee their energy performance for the next 30 years, assuring long-term comfort and affordable warmth for Moat’s customers.
Jason Amos, Director of Property Services for Moat, said: “As Moat prides itself on its environmental responsibility and performance, we were incredibly keen to collaborate with Energiesprong UK and ENGIE to deliver this innovative solution. The whole house retrofit works being undertaken on our five Essex homes implement and encourage sustainable methods of conduct that involves the customer, contractor and housing provider alike. A project such as this operating at scale could help the Government meet carbon reduction targets, whilst simultaneously combatting fuel poverty issues.”
Simon Lacey, Regional Managing Director for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, said:

“The result of this innovative, scalable project demonstrates that there doesn’t have to be a choice between environmental performance and social responsibility. In our work with Moat we have achieved ambitious carbon reduction targets set by Energiesprong, whilst delivering life-changing results for residents by reducing levels of fuel poverty.

“This project has also enabled us to fully combine our expertise in energy, services and regeneration for the housing sector, in a way that delivers a zero carbon homes with a long-term guarantee for energy performance and maintenance - providing peace of mind for partners and customers alike.”