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Past Projects – Arbed

Warm Wales were delighted to have been commissioned by a number of social housing providers to help deliver schemes throughout Wales, funded under the Welsh Assembly Government Arbed (meaning ‘save’) programme.

Arbed phase 1 was a £30 million fund sourced primarily from the Strategic Capital Investment Fund (SCIF) and the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. Phase 1 of Arbed was created in 2009 and started delivering in 2010. It focused specifically on energy efficiency improvements to homes in economically deprived communities in Wales.

. Energy efficiency was delivered by retro-fitting homes with measures including solid wall insulation, solar panels and heat pumps.

Arbed 05Arbed phase 1 funded measures to over 7500 households in Wales including:

  • 4000 social and private homes received solid wall insulation
  • 1800 solar photo-voltaic (PV) panels were installed in social housing
  • 1080 homes received solar heated hot water
  • 1000 properties had access to cheaper and lower carbon fuels
  • 100 households off the gas network received heat pumps


Overall the benefits delivered were even greater, as many local authorities took advantage of the cost savings and economies of scale offered by Arbed schemes to bring forward their own budgets for maintenance, housing renewal, and neighborhood support. This investment saw homes receiving multiple energy efficiency measures:

  • Boiler upgrades and replacements
  • Window upgrades
  • Roof extensions
  • Structural work
  • Energy saving advice


Warm Wales were delighted to work on this genuinely groundbreaking scheme intended to tackle climate change, help eradicate fuel poverty and boost economic development and regeneration within Wales. Most importantly the improvements to the housing stock achieved through the Arbed scene ensured that long term solutions were put in place to future proof Welsh homes.

Arbed 01Also key to the scheme was the generation of local training and employment is the economic opportunities for Welsh businesses. The design, manufacture, distribution, installation and maintenance of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy/heat technologies were all sourced locally where ever possible.

With the project a great success, a second phase of Arbed started in 2012 and was partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). With a total budget of £45million the overall objectives were to improve the energy efficiency of a minimum of 4800 existing homes in Wales by the end of 2015, whilst reducing a minimum of 2.54 KTC of greenhouse gas emissions.

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