Recently Chris Pincher MP and Minister of State for Housing, visited a park home site in Central Bedfordshire to see how we have invested £1m in government grant funding to improve the energy efficiency of older, poorly insulated park homes and reduce carbon emissions.
Having good insulation is one of the most effective ways to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and homes and help to tackle fuel poverty. The Minister was able to hear from residents about the difference the work had made with lower gas bills, warmer homes and less worries about maintenance costs in the future. So, I am very pleased to hear that another project is already underway to insulate more homes and that we have also just launched a new grant scheme for loft and cavity wall insulation.
In all our new buildings we take energy efficiency very seriously and both Thornhill Primary School in Houghton Regis and our new state of the art care home in Leighton Buzzard, recently named Marigold House, will be built to Passivhaus standards. A Passivhaus building has outstanding eco credentials and needs very little fuel for heating or cooling and will not need a conventional heating system.
Ultimately, it is our children, older residents and staff that will reap the benefits of living and working in one of the healthiest types of building it is possible to build which is both better for the environment and, better for the planet.