Energy Efficiency - Home Improvements for Council & Housing Association Tenants

Home Improvements in Social Rented Accommodation

The Welsh Government has set out a minimum standard that all Council and Housing Association properties should meet by the end of 2012. This is known as the Welsh Housing Quality Standard.  The standard says that tenants should be able to live in properties that are :

  • in a  good state of repair
  • safe and secure
  • adequately heated, fuel efficient and well insulated
  • contain up to date kitchens and bathrooms
  • well managed 
  • located in attractive and safe environments
  • as far as possible suit the specific requirements of the household (e.g. specific disabilities)


Adequately heated, fuel efficient and well insulated

A part of the Welsh Housing Quality Standard covers energy efficiency. This includes making sure that all properties have an energy assessment which calculates how much energy a property uses, and the amont of carbon dioxide emitted.

Some of the works carried out to achieve energy efficiency could include:

  • double glazed windows and doors
  • reasonably economical heating systems
  • insulated hot water tanks
  • lagged pipes and tanks in the roof where applicable
  • insulated lofts

Cardiff Council was pleased to announce that they attained the Welsh Housing Quality Standard in late 2012.

Remember - you may also be able to reduce your bills and save energy by making small changes to the way you live. So be 'green' and save!