Liverpool social housing provider Regenda Group acquires Aintree firm that retrofits homes to reduce carbon emissions. Tony McDonough reports
Social housing provider The Regenda Group has acquired Aintree-based net zero retrofit specialist Ecogee.
Started in 2012, Ecogee is an energy, retrofit and construction specialist. It works for local authorities, social housing providers, and private developers. The value of the deal was undisclosed.
Ecogee was set up in response to the Government’s energy efficiency programme, to tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions.
Liverpool-based Regenda has around 12,000 homes in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire. It also owns M&Y Construction and Maintenance. And it is that division that will work closest with Ecogee.
M&Y managing director, Gill Kelly, said: “As a regeneration group which includes a housing association, we understand the pressure of fuel poverty and the shortage of great contractors in the market to service the growing demand for energy efficiency works.
“By bringing the expertise of Ecogee into the Regenda Group we are confident that we can increase the capacity within the supply chain to deliver energy-efficient improvement works to existing and new clients.”
According to the National Housing Federation, homes are responsible for around 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. This means housing associations face a big challenge meeting the Government’s 2050 net zero target.
Ecogee provides both retrofit and new build products and services including fabric insulation, ventilation systems, and renewable technologies such as air source heat pumps and solar panels.
It is also an accredited provider of the government ECO grants scheme, which provides eligible households with energy-saving improvements in the home.
In September 2022 LBN reported that Ecogee had won a contract with Halton Housing to install energy efficiency measures at 18 homes in the borough.
Managing director Brendan Helm added: “The Regenda Group is well known for its role in regeneration and making a positive impact in local communities and we share the same values at Ecogee.
“We recognise that the opportunity to join forces, will enhance the impact we are making towards the planet and in people’s pockets through our offer.”