During 2021/22, SHG implemented a pilot project on two void properties. The aim of the project was to bring two properties built in the 1930s up to current building standards, create an energy-efficient home, and provide modern housing for customers. This pilot is seeking out innovation in the use of technologies that implement both low carbon and digital functionality. Each property will benefit from the installation of additional insulation such as triple glazing, loft, wall, and floor insulation, insulated doors, improved ventilation, and a range of smart technologies such as USB sockets in each room, smart lighting, connection points for installation of CCTV and, smart heating controls that will allow customers to control their home through digital technologies. Through these digital technologies, customers can more easily keep track of their energy use in a time when it is critical save on costs for gas and electricity, allowing them to more easily spend only on what they use. 

There are many benefits of this project to the future customers that will be utilized, for the Council and SHG. For customers, energy consumption will be significantly lower and their homes will be warm, comfortable, and affordable to heat. Customers will be able to connect and recharge mobile phones or tablets within each room and have the ability to control lighting and their heating through apps on smart devices, with an option to connect CCTV to improve security making their homes feel more secure.

We are hoping with this pilot project that in the future we will be able to provide long and sustainable tenancies and tackle common complaints about condensation and dampness associated with houses such as these. We are also looking to ensure there will be less responsive repairs required and both homes will be suitable for living for at least the next thirty years.