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Councilís energy efficient district heating network to be extended to 287 properties

14/01/14

Aberdeen City Council is to extend its award-winning energy efficient district heating network to cover additional properties in the Cornhill area of the city.

An artists impression of the work The district heating network is an ambitious project that already provides energy efficient, low cost heating to multi storey blocks and public buildings.

The network is managed by independent, not-for-profit company Aberdeen Heat and Power Company Limited and provides a district heating system with affordable running costs, while considerably reducing CO2 emissions.

It helps reduce emissions by approximately 56% and cuts fuel bills by more than half.

The system works by using heat produced in the process of electricity generation for heating and hot water, rather than letting it go to waste.

The electricity produced by Aberdeen Heat and Power's combined heat and power plants is sold on the open market, and this income is used to help fund the heating part of this project.

The Council's Housing and Environment Committee today [Tuesday 14 January] agreed to extend the scheme to Cairncry, Rosehill and Stockethill Courts, which are currently served by electric heating.

The Committee also agreed to over clad and replace the windows of these three blocks as well as nearby Cornhill Court.

Council officers are engaging with private owners in Cornhill Court with a view to extending the district heating system there.

Housing and Environment Convener Councillor Neil Cooney said: "The Council's combined heat and power scheme is one of our real success stories and many residents are now enjoying much lower fuel bills and warmer, comfortable homes.

"The current heating system in these blocks consists of old, inefficient electric heaters which mean many of the residents are living in fuel poverty.

"As the network grows, so do the benefits it provides. More and more people are seeing their fuel bills slashed, significant savings are being realised on heating costs for several public buildings and the city's carbon footprint is being cut.

Cllr Cooney added: "The over cladding and window replacement in these blocks will also help increase the energy efficiency of what are hard to heat homes.

"This will ensure that these properties are structurally sound for the next 30 years or so and will, in conjunction with the roll out of the combined heat and power scheme, eliminate fuel poverty among the residents of these blocks."

The over cladding and window replacement work will help reduce the rate of deterioration and damp, extending the life of the 47-year-old buildings. Officers will consult with tenants and owners to discuss the scope and cost of the work further.

The combined heat and power project has been recognised on the national stage, winning several awards, including outstanding achievement in housing award, at the UK Housing Awards and the sustainability award in the innovation and progress category at the Guardian Newspaper Public Sector Awards.

It has already been rolled out to the following buildings:

Multi storey blocks: Regent Court; Linksfield Court; Promenade Court; Bayview Court; Beachview Court; Aulton Court; Northsea Court; Balgownie Court; St Nina Court; Inverdon Court; Lord Hays Court; Seaview House; Seaton House; Donview House; Oldcroft Court; Beechwood Court; Castleton Court; Woodhill Court; Wallace House; Brace House; Davidson House; Rose House.

Public buildings: Hazlehead Academy; Hazlehead Swimming Pool; Hazlehead Joe Paterson Pavilion; The Raymond Kelly Pavilion; Beach Ballroom; Beach Leisure Centre; Linx Ice Arena; Aberdeen Sports Village.