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Keepmoat subsidiary Bramall Construction has won the Property and the Built Environment category at the Sustain Awards for a housing project in Rotherham.

Council house management organisation, 2010 Rotherham; design and sustainability specialists URBED; consultants Aecom and Bramall joined forces to cut carbon emissions from the energy used by six semi-detached 1940s homes in Brampton, Rotherham. Their aim was to hit legislative targets for an 80 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions 40 years ahead of the 2050 deadline, as part of Government advisors, the Technology Strategy Board’s £17 million ‘Retrofit for the Future’ programme.

The strategy included reducing heat losses to a minimum by installing high levels of insulation and ventilation systems, saving energy by installing smart wiring, low energy lighting and A++ rated appliances and installing photovoltaic cells.

Residents were interviewed before the start of the process to ensure the new technology would suit their lifestyles and the programme was ‘tweaked’ so all six properties were refurbished using different combinations of technology, with the aim of getting the maximum benefit for each resident.