Social Housing Decarbonisation Technical Assistance Pilot

In the Clean Growth Strategy, the Government committed to upgrade as many homes as possible to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C by 2035, where practical, cost-effective and affordable. Just under half (44%) of social rented homes, approximately 1.8 million, have an EPC rating below C. The Government is currently considering its response to the National Infrastructure Commission recommendation to allocate £3.8 billion between now and 2030 to deliver energy performance improvements in social housing. To support the development of any future fund we are piloting the delivery of a technical assistance facility to support social housing providers access funding for energy performance improvements. The key objectives and outcomes of the pilot are:

  • Understand the current energy performance of your housing stock
  • Assess and determine the most cost-effective measures and methods to raise the energy performance rating to a minimum of EPC C, and to set housing on a path to net-zero carbon.
  • Investigate where energy performance improvements can be sequenced and aligned with existing improvement/remediation works programmes and budgets to reduce costs and disruption.
  • Engagement with tenants/tenants’ representatives to ensure buy-in.
  • Identifying possible suppliers and funding streams available. Any plans and outputs from the pilot would be of sufficient detail to enable access to future funding streams

Feedback from Expression of Interest

Following a high response from our request for expressions of interest in July, the following common areas of interest were identified from social housing providers in the South West Energy Hub region:

  • High proportions of traditional solid wall properties and/or non-traditional system build properties
  • Wide range of archetypes within a single organisation’s portfolio
  • High proportion of off-gas with oil/solid fuel heating. Some resistance from tenants to move away from this
  • Difficulty in balancing fuel poverty with carbon emissions – electric heating for example can often result in reduced SAP scores compared to gas, however many are looking to phase out gas in the near future.
  • Lack of information on most effective renewables and innovative products
  • Difficulty understanding whether whole-house or fabric-first is the best approach, and the risk of needing to remove or further enhance measures at a later date
  • Taking into account other environmental factors e.g. humid environments, damp and mould, thermal bridges, restricted footprint around building.

Applications Are Now Closed