Energy-efficiency measures to upgrade Swedish homes

Northumberland County Council is to carry out extensive refurbishment work to five timber-clad Swedish properties to improve their energy efficiency and lower fuel bills for their tenants.

The work will include insulation, the installation of new windows and doors and replacing the roof coverings with new tiles. Three of the houses are based in Embleton, the other two in Felton.

Structural engineers are currently examining the properties to check they are sound and can take the weight of the insulation which will be applied to the external walls.

The work will start before next spring and will be carried out by Homes for Northumberland, the housing management division of Northumberland County Council.

Northumberland County Council's cabinet member for housing, Allan Hepple, said: “The council is making a significant investment to upgrade these properties to bring them in line with current standards. We are still in the early planning stages, but tenants have been notified that their homes are to be refurbished and we will be working closely with them as the scheme progresses.”