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Press Release Date: 2 March 2010
THSTAFFORD FORCES FAMILY BENEFITS FROM 7,000 HOUSING UPGRADE
Defence Estates (DE) has helped a forces’ family to save money, reduce their carbon
footprint and enjoy a more comfortable home by improving the loft insulation in their home.
thThe improvements to the property at MOD Stafford mark the 7,000 insulation upgrade to
Service Family Accommodation (SFA) across England and Wales.
DE joined forces with its maintenance contractor, MODern Housing Solutions (MHS), to upgrade 155 properties at the Stafford site - a major supply and logistics depot.
Upgrading insulation in the roof space to the latest standards means that Nathalie Lancaster and her family now enjoy lower heating bills and a warmer, more fuel efficient home, which generates less planet-warming carbon dioxide.
Mrs Lancaster said:
“This has certainly helped to improve the warmth of the home and all the family have
noticed the difference – especially with the recent cold weather. I’d like to say thank you
for the efforts made to ensure the work had as little impact as possible on family life.”
In 2008/09 the MOD spent ?35.5M upgrading 726 Service Families Accommodation (SFA) homes and is set to exceed that number of upgrades in this financial year. In addition, in January 2010 the department launched a ?20 million pilot Armed Forces Home Ownership Scheme.
We plan to spend some ?3 billion on upgrading and modernising living accommodation over the next 10 years. Our intention is to have - by 2020 - around 70% of bed-spaces for trained personnel at Grade 1 and all UK family quarters at the top Standard for Condition.
Over 4,000 service family homes in England and Wales have benefited from improved loft insulation this financial year alone. They now meet the current Building Regulations
requirement of 270mm thickness for loft insulation.
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Mike Starnes, Deputy Head of DE Operations Housing, said of the scheme:
“Improving loft insulation is just one of the simple, but effective, environmental initiatives
being delivered by our partnership with MHS designed to improve the quality of accommodation for our Service families.”
Flight Lieutenant Sean Fothergill, of Tactical Supply Wing, MOD Stafford, said that the project would improve comfort and well being for Service families now and in the future.
“We’re very pleased that MOD Stafford was one of the sites selected by Defence Estates
to benefit from this improvement,” he said.
MHS is delivering the loft insulation programme on behalf of Defence Estates. Phil Shepley, MHS Managing Director, explained:
“We know the project is much appreciated by residents who not only have improved
comfort, but greater fuel efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint.
“It’s also great news that our efforts to minimise the impact of the work on families have been appreciated.”
Ends Notes to Editors
1. Defence Estates is a Ministry of Defence organisation. On 1 April 2005 it was re-launched
with responsibilities for managing the defence estate as a corporate asset on behalf of the
MOD, and for the delivery of estate maintenance, works and services. Defence Estates
assumed responsibility for the management and maintenance of the Service Families
Accommodation estate in the mainland UK on 1 April 2004, following its merger with the
Defence Housing Executive.
2. Mrs Lancaster was presented with flowers by Mike Starnes, Deputy Head of DE Ops
Housing (Estate Management). Group photo, from left: David Boole (MHS Director, Strategic
Facilities Plan and Coreworks), Phil Shepley, Mrs Lancaster, Mike Starnes, Flt Lt Sean
3. To date - 4,046 Service family homes in England and Wales have benefited from improved
loft insulation this financial year.
4. Loft insulation works by stopping the upwards movement of heated air, reducing the loss of
heat from the rooms below which will in turn require less heating. Around 25% of heat in a
poorly-insulated house is lost through the roof. So not only are Service personnel and
families able to save money on their energy bills but as a result of better loft insulation their
carbon emissions are also reduced.
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