More than 7,000 Sandwell council homes will have their single glazed windows replaced with double glazing, under new multi-million pound plans.
The work on the properties is due to start in October as part of a £490 million 10-year improvement plan, and aims to make the borough’s council homes more energy efficient.
It is part of a wider project to improve the living standards of tenants in council homes in Sandwell.
Nearly 800 council homes have already been modernised in the borough during the last two years. In 2011/12, 342 homes were improved beating the target of 306 homes set by the council and last year 2012/13 saw 446 homes improved against a target of 267.
An on-going programme of internal improvements saw properties receive new kitchens and bathrooms as well as energy efficient heating systems and rewiring where necessary.
The work on the windows is the next stage of this project and details of the exact running order for the work is still being finalised.
The ten-year plan, announced last year, is already delivering improvements to homes and estates across the borough as well as working with a range of partners to build new council homes.
Cabinet member for jobs and economy, Councillor Ian Jones said: “There’s a huge amount of preparation work going on at the moment with teams carrying out surveys to homes which builds on our existing internal improvements to more than 500 homes.
“The survey work is in readiness for the new internal improvements programme which will run from 2014-2017 and will see us investing in the homes that did not receive improvements under the Decent Homes programme which the Government ended.
“The whole project will see around 6,000 homes on estates across the borough benefit.
“We are also continuing with our programme of work to improve our high-rise blocks, an £11 million two-year refurbishment on four blocks in Charlemont gets under way later this month after extensive consultation.”