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Melville housing project completed

Posted: June 18, 2012

Ian Slamin (Left) and Steve Hardy
1,260th home marks completion of window replacement work
• Energy-efficient windows also expected to deliver £2 million in cost savings

Every Melville Housing home now has energy-efficient double-glazed windows, delivering savings per household of up to £110 a year, following the completion of a hugely successful programme delivered by Perth-based windows specialists Sidey.

The huge improvement programme saw tenants in 1,260 Melville properties receive new windows, and is the latest effort to improve energy efficiency in homes to protect tenants from rising energy prices and at the same time reduce the carbon footprint of local communities.

The marathon project, which began in February 2008 and which has been delivered at a rate of more than one home every working day, saw a total of 8,350 individual windows installed.

The new ‘A’ rated windows improve the energy efficiency of homes by an average of more than 11%, reducing household bills and keeping warm air in and cold air out. The new windows are also expected to save Melville, the largest registered social landlord in Midlothian, almost £2 million in maintenance costs.
“The completion of this project marks a significant milestone in our efforts to ensure all of our tenants have modern, energy-efficient homes,” said Ian Slamin, Melville’s Property Services Director. “These new windows have made a huge difference to many tenants and the feedback we’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive.

“It’s no exaggeration to say that the partnership we’ve enjoyed with Sidey over the course of this contract has been the best we’ve experienced, and their performance has been nothing short of outstanding. They have delivered a flexible, responsive and above all top-quality service and we are extremely grateful for all their hard work over the past four years.”

Steve Hardy, Sideys Joint Managing Director, Commercial Sales commented – “Sidey is delighted with the success of this partnership and would like to thank Melville and their tenants for the support they have provided throughout the project. It is clear that both Sidey & Melville share common core values; putting our customers/tenants first and providing safe and energy efficient homes and communities, something that has undoubtedly contributed to the success of the project.

It has been a pleasure working with Melville and their tenants and we hope to do so again in the near future”.

The replacement of older windows is an important part of Melville Housing’s drive to reach the Scottish Government’s Scottish Housing Quality Standard, which all social landlords in Scotland must meet by 2015.

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