Sutton leads the way on zero-carbon homes

Published Monday, 15th March 2021

Sutton has become the first London borough to trial an innovative new zero-carbon approach to keeping homes warm and insulated.

Sutton Housing Partnership (SHP) has begun work on transforming up to 100 homes using the Energiesprong approach as part of the Council’s ambitious drive to cut carbon and give residents cleaner air, greener spaces and lower energy bills. 

During this pilot phase, a total of six homes in Clockhouse, Carshalton and two in Worcester Park will be transformed. 

Energiesprong, meaning energy leap, is a Dutch initiative that makes homes carbon neutral. The homes will have their external walls and roof areas covered in a thick warm blanket of insulation to reduce heat loss. Windows and doors will be replaced, and solar panels will be installed to power a new central heating and ventilation system. The transformed homes will then generate most of the energy needed for their heating, hot water and electrical appliances. 

Sutton Council expects the first eight homes to be completed by summer 2021, while work on the additional homes will begin this spring. The project is due to be completed by the end of 2022.

The construction work for the first eight properties is being carried out by ENGIE, with project support from Energiesprong UK and Turner & Townsend. It is being funded by Sutton Council, the Mayor of London’s Energy Leap pilot project and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. 

Councillor Jayne McCoy, Deputy Leader and Chair of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee, Sutton Council said: 

"Being the first borough in London to make this environmental commitment demonstrates our determination to tackle the climate emergency head-on.

“Retrofitting these homes will enable residents to live comfortably and more affordably, while helping Sutton meet its aim of becoming carbon-neutral.”

Steve Tucker, Managing Director of Sutton Housing Partnership, said: 

"It's fantastic that a number of Sutton Council properties will be a part of this innovative new retrofit. I am delighted that SHP residents will benefit from lower energy bills, warmer homes and a more sustainable future. 

"We’re very proud to be working with our partners to deliver this ground-breaking initiative towards a carbon-neutral borough and supporting Sutton Council in its ambitious plans to tackle the climate emergency.”

For more information, please see the zero carbon retrofit webpage or email pressoffice@sutton.gov.uk.