New green technology gives a boost to house

Engineers installing a ground source heat pump at Bridgewater House, in Brackley
Engineers installing a ground source heat pump at Bridgewater House, in Brackley
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BRIDGEWATER House in Brackley has been shortlisted for a national green award following an energy-saving refurbishment.

The retirement home is owned and run by social housing provider South Northants Homes (SNH) and has made it through to the finals of the Sustainable Housing awards after it underwent an £800,000 refit using the latest in environmentally friendly technologies.

Changes have included the fitting of solar photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, solar thermal to heat the water and a major ground source heating system to heat the building. Smaller bed-sit style accommodation was converted to flats with modern wetrooms.

It is now the finalist in the sustainable larger housing retrofit project of the year (for schemes of over 25 homes) category of the national awards.

Doug Grace, SNH assistant director of property services, said: “This is great news for SNH and a credit to the work of the many people involved. We believe Bridgewater House is unique in that so many new green technologies were installed in a retirement scheme of its size.

“This is recognition of our determination to provide the best we can for our tenants, by bringing down their bills with the help of new technology, at the same time as reducing our carbon footprint. Not only are our tenants delighted with the finished result, we are thrilled to be considered for this award.”