Responsible OfficerDirector of Asset Management
Statement of intentThis policy sets out Phoenix approach to ensuring that its housing stock is efficient in its use of energy and support it will give to residents.
includes Tenants and Leaseholders
Phoenix Community Housing
PolicyOur energy policy aims are:
1 To improve the energy efficiency of PCH homes, and thereby reduce the amount of energy needed by our residents
2 To raise awareness of home energy efficiency measures and help our residents lower their energy use
3 To advise our residents on ways to lower their energy bills
4 To reduce fuel poverty*within PCH homes
5 To meet national and local Government energy efficiency targets.
These aims will be achieved through a combination of the following:
a. The PCH Decent Homes programme:
b. A variety of PCH initiatives:
PCH will provide residents with efficient, controllable heating and hot water systems**
PCH will install double glazed windows and doors**
PCH will install cavity wall insulation**
PCH will increase levels of loft insulation to meet current building regulations**.
PCH will install energy efficient lamps within all newly let properties
PCH will publish and distribute advice on how residents can reduce their energy use
PCH will publish and distribute advice on how residents can lower their energy costs
PCH will meet UK Government and the London Mayor’s housing energy efficiency targets wherever reasonably practicable and affordable within PCH budgets.
PCH will apply for grants and other funding streams wherever possible
PCH will encourage the training and employment of local labour by its contractors
PCH will inform its residents of the energy efficiency improvements made to its homes during each year, within our annual report.
Future development of our energy policy
During 2010/2013 the scope of our policy will be expanded to consider energy use in the following areas:
* According to the UK Government definition, a fuel poor household is one that needs to spend more than ten per cent of its income on energy in order to maintain a satisfactory heating regime. This includes all energy expenditure, not just that used for space heating. A satisfactory heating regime is defined as 21°C in the living room and 18°C in other occupied rooms.
** The Director of Asset Management will determine where works are required in accordance with our offer document, within the government definition of decent homes and where reasonably practicable to all PCH homes. Where measures are not required or deemed not reasonably practicable, residents will be advised.