The scheme was 100% private sector housing so it was challenging and very unpredictable in terms of how residents would respond to the proposition and how many would sign up. It also meant that the CDM, health and safety and general site management were harder to develop and manage.
As a result, Warm Zones in collaboration with Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council and Groundwork, spent a lot of time doing householder engagement to ensure the residents were aware of the scheme and its benefits, to generate interest, and to enable Warm Zones to assess their properties.
The properties were also very different due to the alterations that many residents had made to their homes e.g. extensions and new door and window configurations. The assessments soon revealed that the majority of properties were unique, with few similarities, unlike most social housing schemes. This led to increased assessment work and costs to ensure the houses were individually costed, including accurately calculating the carbon savings and funding to support the installs.