As part of the project, loft and cavity wall insulation has been installed at the properties to improve their thermal efficiency, preventing heat from escaping and meaning that less energy will be needed to keep the homes at a comfortable temperature.
Some of the homes have been fitted with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate renewable energy, as well as having new windows and doors put in place.
Work has also been carried out to make properties less draughty and improvements made to ventilation systems.
Funding for the project was secured from the Government’s Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme.
Resident Joanne Williams has had solar PV panels fitted to the roof of her three-bedroom home. She said: “I was hesitant at first but once I looked into the benefits of solar panels I was happy to go ahead. We’re really mindful of the energy we use and, with costs increasing everywhere all around us, it’s good to know we are doing something to save money and look after the environment.
“The Equans team worked closely with me to make sure I was happy with the process involved and the team that did the work was fantastic!”
Paul Bingham, Regional Director at Equans, said: “We’re pleased to be able to offer our expertise in energy efficiency to projects like this and to support the council in its drive to keep residents’ bills low and to reduce carbon emissions across the city.”
Councillor Sharon Thompson, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet member for Housing and Homelessness, said: “I very much welcome this scheme which will not only help to keep homes in Erdington warmer but will also help to reduce energy bills for many families already struggling with a cost of living crisis and escalating energy costs.
“The council have already set out ambitious plans to retrofit 300 properties costing £27m as part of its commitment to the 3 cities retrofit programme and this will complement that work. As a council we have committed to be carbon neutral by 2030 and it is energy efficiency schemes like this one that will help us to reach that target.”
Equans currently provides a repairs and maintenance service to more than 40,000 homes across the city, on behalf of Birmingham City Council.