Improving energy efficiency & reducing fuel poverty - Foldings thermal render scheme

Content owner : Last updated : 03/08/15

What was the scheme and how was it identified?

One of KNH's long term project is to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency across the housing stock we manage by targeting specific properties with relatively poor thermal efficiency. The ultimate aim is that none of our 23,000+ properties will have an RDSAP rating of lower than 65 by 2020.

The aim of this scheme was to improve the thermal efficiency and appearance of the houses and flats on Foldings estate in Scholes, Cleckheaton. A total of 179 properties (76 houses and 103 Flats) were included. The work involved fixing insulation boards to the outside of the properties and then covering them in a decorative render finish. This encases the property and helps prevent heat from escaping, containing it within the property. The work was carried out in three phases and also included the installation of new roofs. The Foldings estate is a continuation of a wider programme to insulate all of KNH's 'non-traditional' housing stock.

Foldings properties before (above) and after (below) the improvements. As well as new insulation, thermal render and roofs, the heating systems were also upgraded.

Foldings properties before (above) and after (below) the improvements. As well as new insulation, thermal render and roofs, the heating systems were also upgraded.

What difference has the project made?

The scheme has completely transformed the appearance of the estate. It has significantly improved the efficiency of the properties, reducing the tenants' fuel bills and helping to reduce the amount of carbon emissions from each property.

What outcomes were achieved?

The scheme has been very well received by tenants and all other stakeholders. The local elected members have been vocal in their praise for the scheme. Councillors Andrew Pinnock, Kath Pinnock and John Lawson were particularly pleased with the outcome, taking time to mention it at a public council meeting. They commented how well a complex challenging scheme had been delivered, with excellent customer care throughout.

What factors were keys to the success of the project?

  • Close partnership working with building services.
  • Utilising the same delivery team as from previous projects leading to continuity, and use of best practice.
  • Clear focus on customer care throughout, providing a flexible professional approach.

What will happen next/future plans?

The thermal render scheme will continue onto the next area containing non-traditional houses on the Nova Estate and six-storey blocks of flats at Church View House, Fern Lea and King Cliffe.

What objectives does the project contribute to?

  • Tackling fuel poverty
  • Significantly reducing tenants' fuel bills.
  • The Kirklees economy with work being provided for local labour and local suppliers, helping to maintain the Kirklees pound.
  • Good example of partnership working with Building Services.
  • Maintaining successful communities, by improving the appearance, maintenance and pride on our estates.

Kirklees Council - tackling the cost of living crisis together


  • Challenge poverty and debt; support people to maximise their finances, life chances and reduce debt.
  • Quality homes - improve the supply of good quality homes, affordable housing across tenures opportunities.

Social Housing Equalities Framework

  • 3.3 - KNH and partners working together to identify individual needs
  • 3.17 - projects are contributing towards business priorities
  • 3.21 - KNH has taken tenants' views into account

Customer Service Excellence

  • 1.1.3 We make particular efforts to identify hard-to-reach and disadvantaged groups and individuals and have developed our services in response to their specific needs.
  • 3.4.1 We have made arrangements with other providers and partners to offer and supply co-ordinated services, and these arrangements have demonstrable benefits for our customers.
  • 3.4.2 We have developed co-ordinated working arrangements with our partners that ensure customers have clear lines of accountability for quality of service.
  • 3.4.3 We interact within wider communities and we can demonstrate the ways in which we support those communities.