New funding will help to make thousands more of our homes warmer and more energy efficient.

We have been successful in the latest round of bidding for the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF), organised by the Government’s Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.

£778m Government funding made available for energy efficiency upgrades in social housing through the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) - HM Government

We will match the £9.45m funding awarded to us, meaning a total of £18.9m will be spent to create warmer, energy efficient homes with lower energy bills across Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Some 2,237 of our least energy-efficient properties will benefit from the works.

Specifically, 2,006 homes will have fabric-first retrofitting work undertaken, another 154 will undergo a deep retrofit with external wall insulation and a further 77 will have Air Source Heat Pumps installed to replace old electric storage heating systems.

Each of the properties receiving this retrofit treatment has been identified as having an energy efficiency rating (EPC) of D or below, with the work moving them up to being at least a rating of C when completed.

The first set of works will begin later this year and work on all properties will be completed by April 2025.

This latest programme forms a part of our Carbon Reduction Strategy, specifically our £120m investment plan to halve our operational carbon impact by 2030 and move fully away from fossil fuels by 2035.

Residents are already seeing the positive impact of such works. So far, we have completed energy efficiency works in more than 3,000 homes, including a £1.5m scheme to transform low-rise flats in Calderdale which was part-funded by the first wave of the SHDF.

Patrick Berry, Director of Together Net Zero, said:

“We’re delighted to secure this funding, which will help us to deliver significant improvements to our poorest performing homes through increased investment in retrofit insulation and renewable heat systems.

“As well as improving the energy performance of our housing stock, this will also help our most vulnerable customers by making their homes warmer, more comfortable, and more affordable to live in. We are looking forward to commencing the successful delivery from April.”

To find out more about our ongoing work to help make homes warmer and more energy efficient, visit our Go Green Together microsite.