£50m programme to fund innovation in retrofitting social housing

The government has created a £50 million programme to support social landlords to demonstrate innovative approaches to retrofitting social housing at scale. It will mean warmer and more energy efficient homes, a reduction in households’ energy bills, and lower carbon emissions.

Announced on 8 July 2020 in the Chancellor’s Summer Economic Update, the UK-wide Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator (SHDF Demonstrator) will kickstart the decarbonisation of social housing over 2020/21, and support green jobs as part of the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.

The SHDF Demonstrator upscales the existing Whole House Retrofit (WHR) Innovation Competition. The SHDF Demonstrator project is an initial investment to learn lessons and catalyse innovation in retrofitting for the £3.8 billion Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, allocations for which will be determined at the forthcoming Spending Review in autumn 2020.