Local social housing provider wins top building services award
"Making a positive impact for those in fuel poverty is what we do."
Dene Carvell, Head of Maintenance (South)
East Midlands-based social housing provider emh homes has won a prestigious award for a groundbreaking project which aims to help residents save energy and cut carbon emissions from their homes.
Now in their 21st year, the H&V News Awards are the most admired and coveted awards for the building services sector, and are widely regarded as the Oscars of the heating and ventilation industry.
The 2015 winners were announced at a gala event at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, where emh homes along with its partners Husky and Wellwarm triumphed in the Collaboration of the Year category.
The project involved the installation of air-to-water heat pumps, the most energy efficient and affordable technology available, in 144 of the landlord’s homes across the East Midlands. The pumps can achieve 420% efficiency even at low temperatures, and are expected to last for at least 25 years (over twice the life of the average modern gas central heating boiler).
Tenant Samantha Cowie said: “The old storage heaters were horrendous. They didn’t come on until about midnight, so we were always cold and used to sit with blankets round us, even though the heating was costing us £45 a week. The new heat pumps are perfect. The house is always warm, and it’s only costing us £20 a week for all our heating and electricity!”
Dene Carvell, emh homes Head of Maintenance (South), said: “Making a positive impact for those in fuel poverty is what we do and will continue to do. But this was a collaborative effort by all involved, and we couldn’t have done it without Husky and Wellwarm who delivered the project on the ground under our project management. I’m sure we couldn’t have achieved this success without everyones total commitment.”