New homes will save householders hundreds of pounds

A report released by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) has revealed that new homes can save households hundreds of pounds a year in energy bills.

‘You’ve got the power’ which was published on 20 October 2017, highlights that more than 8 out of 10 new builds have the top A or B rating for energy efficiency compared to just 2.2% of existing properties. This means that new homes use less energy which on average, could lead to a saving of £52 per month or £629 per year for tenants and homeowners.

RBH Director of Communities, Clare Tostevin, said:

“All of our new homes are built with at least a B energy rating, including those which we constructed in Lower Falinge in 2015.”

“Whenever we design and build a new home, we find ways to make them as energy efficient as possible including using new technology and building materials such as high-quality insulation, energy efficient boilers, double glazing, low energy light fittings and water saving taps”

“Designing new homes in this way is not only better for the environment but can make a big difference to our residents, helping them to significantly reduce their electricity and heating bills As revealed in the HBF report, these savings can be significant, providing households with more money to spend on other things they need.”

Our letter to the Guardian

Your story on RBH’s redevelopment plans on 15 October has painted an inaccurate picture of the proposals.

There is a much bigger picture to consider, so we are curious to know why this wasn’t explored. Our plans aren’t just about the possible demolition of four towers, but are part of a wider investment in Rochdale Town Centre including both the College Bank and Lower Falinge neighbourhoods plus adjacent land. This will result in new homes of different types and sizes, improved open spaces, a play area and new transport routes.

We are disappointed that you chose to engage with just two households with only one view and that none of these residents are social housing tenants. Furthermore, the other individual quoted has told us that they do not live in Rochdale. As expected at this early stage, there are a mix of views about the proposals across the community and lots of our tenants have opinions. None of these were represented.

As Councillor Emmott says in the article, regeneration should be for everyone, regardless of income or background. That is why our proposals are focused on how we can improve the quality of life for tenants – and change is an essential part of this. It is also why we’re looking at how we can work differently to support people into good quality, sustained employment.

We understand that change can be worrying and why people have concerns, but our proposed investment is intended to provide vast benefits, including higher quality homes and job opportunities for residents of all ages and backgrounds. It’s a pity that these – and other key facts and views about our proposed investment – have been overlooked.