Posted on: April 6th 2023   •    Posted in: Community, Corporate, General News, Tenants

Funding successful to improve energy efficiency for hundreds of homes.

Independent East* has secured almost £9m in funding to boost energy efficiency in hundreds of social housing homes.

The funding is being administered through Broadlands Housing Association, as the group lead. The funding from Wave 2 of the government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF Wave 2.1) will mean energy-saving measures can be put in place in 800 homes, such as loft insulation and new windows. The upgrades will mean homes currently below Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) C will be brought up to that standard and will help to:

  • Deliver warm, energy-efficient homes
  • Reduce carbon emissions
  • Tackle fuel poverty
  • Support green jobs
  • Develop the retrofit sector
  • Improve the comfort, health, and well-being of tenants

Scott Bridge, our assistant director of asset management, said: “We have plans to upgrade 100 homes with our funding. We will be focusing on a ‘fabric first’ approach for the majority, where we will be insulating our remaining solid wall homes, installing new windows and doors, and ventilation, to make them more thermally efficient. We also plan to upgrade a sheltered scheme, where we will install renewable heating as a pilot alongside the fabric measures.”

“The success of this bid was a team effort from all our partners in Independent East. We continue to work together to deliver the works in an efficient manner, sharing best practice and skills. These works will improve the lives of our residents by making homes more thermally efficient, as well as having a positive impact on the environment.”

Independent East is an informal alliance of five community‐focused housing associations in the East of England – Broadland Housing, Freebridge Community Housing, Havebury Housing Partnership, Saffron Housing Trust and Orwell Housing Association. The group’s purpose is to share ideas and best practices to continually improve services and better the lives of their tenants.

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