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....social regen p4kWh of electricity, to run lighting and lifts within the communal areas. The buildings have also been retrofitted with cavity wall insulation and flat roof insulation, while repairs to the structure of the building have been undertaken to wipe out the damp problem and improve the general internal environment within the flats.What sets Edward Woods apart is the scale of the redevelopment, and the investment, which has seen British Gas providing CESP funding to completely transform the estate. But the scheme has been more innovative than most in that it has combined thermal insulation with micro-generation and acoustic insulation to improve the quality of life and internal comfort for the residents.The scheme has also aimed to improve community pride and residents' enjoyment of the estate by making the buildings more attractive and redeveloping them as a positive landmark in this rapidly developing enclave of Shepherd's Bush. The residents have been closely involved in the re-development from planning stage and throughout the development, with architects ECD and construction partner Breyer working together to hold community engagement meetings to explain the work schedule, plans and the benefits of the new scheme, including the acoustic insulation. As a result, residents have chosen to makeover the exterior appearance of the concrete block with modern white hardwearing Rockpanel external panels on the east and west elevations.As the refurbishment project nears completion, it is attracting attention from other local authorities keen to utilise CESP funding in similar ways. With 6,000 tower blocks across the UK, many local authorities face a similar refurbishment challenge. Set against a backdrop of local authority spending cuts, the funding and schemes driven by the green agenda provide a golden opportunity for councils to refurbish social housing units and achieve more benefits for residents and the wider community than just greater energy efficiency. H&F Council and its partners on the Edward Woods refurbishment have demonstrated that by selecting products that deliver more than 'just' thermal insulation, additional benefits, including superiour acoustics, can be gained that enhance the lives of residents and help promote community pride.For local authorities in London, the redevelopment also has an additional urgency. The Rockwool insulation used not only provides acoustic and thermal insulation but, as it is created using natural stone, it provides unrivalled fire protection, something that is at the front of mind for many local authorities following a number of serious high rise fires; notably the 2009 Lakanal House fire in Camberwell, in which six people died.In 2009, Boris Johnston outlined his vision for new build homes in London, in the London Housing Design Guide, in which he stated that acoustic protection of new flats was a key design consideration, in addition to setting out minimum space and energy efficiency standards.What becomes the norm for new builds is almost inevitably going to roll out to existing building stock in the future. Capitalising on the CESP funding scheme to address both thermal and acoustic insulation, as well as fire protection, is likely to be a route that many local authorities will look to capitalise on.If councils can use the Green agenda to also address the issue of noise in buildings, then the benefits are potentially huge, for the health and wellbeing of residents, urban communities and the planet.Boris Johnston outlined his vision in the London Housing Design Guide stating that acoustic protection was a key design consideration for new flatsSoundScapeIssue 0225

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