Work started today on 328 REEMA houses in Derbyshire, which will result in approximately 16,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions saved.
REEMA houses are a type of pre-fabricated house initially constructed after the second world war. Upon returning from the front line soldiers had a need for housing with their families and as a result councils needed a method of construction that was non-traditional, easy and fast to construct. With building supplies and labour in short supply, REEMA housing was determined as one of the better methods of construction to satisfy demand. The success of these houses meant that construction continued from the 1940s right through to the 1960s.
Unfortunately a pitfall of the quick and easy non-traditional construction is that the housing type is thermally inefficient. Westdale have the required knowledge and experience with external wall insulation and are now helping to bring these houses up to current standards.
The client, Rykneld Homes, awarded the contract to Westdale in recent months and are the ALMO (Arms length management organisation) of North East Derbyshire Disctric Council.
The scheme will bring all 328 houses up to new-build standards of insulation whilst also giving them a rejuvenated and refreshed new look.
Adrian Bishop, Regional Manager for Westdale, said, “This contract is an exciting venture for Westdale. We have formed a relationship with a new client and are working with Rykneld Homes and the council to deliver the scheme in such a way that customer delight is ensured at all times. As a result Derbyshire’s tenants will be much warmer, happier and better off through the winter whilst remaining cooler during the summer months”.
Watch this space for updates on the progress on the scheme.
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