Published 25 August 2022
A range of renewable and sustainable technologies will be rolled out into all new West Dunbartonshire Council homes as part of a commitment to reduce carbon emissions in the area.
All new builds developed will continue to use solar roof panels where possible to harness energy from sunlight, directly benefitting the tenant by powering items in the home.
Heat pump systems, similar to the technology used by West Dunbartonshire Energy Centre, will also be installed to provide low carbon energy and help reduce fuel poverty.
Each home will also be highly insulated and airtight so they require less energy to heat, resulting in lower utility bills for tenants.
In addition, support will be given to expand the Council’s tree planting programme within all future housing developments so communities are rich in biodiversity.
The proposals were heard at a meeting of the Council’s Housing and Communities Committee this week.
Members were also advised of plans to create a green workforce in the area by working with partners to identify upskilling and modern apprenticeship opportunities within the emerging technology sector.
Councillor Craig Edward, Convener of the committee said: “To help West Dunbartonshire Council’s wider sustainable transition to Net Zero it is essential that we reconsider how best to heat our homes whilst simultaneously minimising fuel poverty in our communities.
“A reduction in energy will mean our homes are more efficient and affordable to run, with the elimination of fuel poverty.
“Making this commitment for all of our future housing developments will help ensure our residents live in a life-enhancing environment for many years to come.”
Councillor John Millar, Vice Convener, added: “It is essential that as well as developing homes that are sustainable and help us work towards our carbon emission targets, that we develop a workforce to address labour shortages within the renewable sector, such as Solar Panel Maintenance Operatives. An investment in the creation of a Green Workforce will ensure that the journey to Net Zero will benefit the wider community and contribute to West Dunbartonshire Council’s economic sustainability.”