Maximising your Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund grant to accelerate your energy, carbon and cost-saving objectives

24th July 2023
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The government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund aims to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency in social housing by funding retrofitting of energy-saving measures in ageing housing stock.

If you’ve been successful in receiving a share of the fund, you might be wondering what the best way is to maximise the funding to improve the energy efficiency of your portfolio. With the right programme of measures you can address the environmental impact of social housing, as well as tackle fuel poverty and improve living conditions for your tenants. But where do you start?

What measures can the fund cover?

The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund offers financial assistance to housing providers for a range of energy-saving measures, including insulation upgrades, installation of energy-efficient heating systems, renewable energy installations, and other improvements to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.

How can Briar help?

We have more than 30 years of experience in helping clients achieve their energy saving, cost reduction, and carbon compliance objectives. Our trusted team partners with clients to deliver fast-track practical savings that can help to provide investment to realise profound long-term savings.

Here are some examples of how Briar can provide support to utilise your Social Housing Fund grant to maximise your energy, carbon and cost-saving opportunities.

Heat Decarbonisation Plans: Understand your strategic roadmap to transition from fossil fuel-based heating systems to sustainable and clean energy sources

Energy Audits: Identify, understand, quantify, and prioritise the energy saving opportunities across your portfolio

Solar PV Solutions: Embrace renewable energy to improve operational efficiency, save money and reduce carbon

Low Carbon Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) Design: Achieve your energy saving and cost reduction objectives, while avoiding unnecessary costs and optimising building performance

Electric Vehicle Charging: Future-proof your sites and prepare for a decarbonised transport network

LED lighting: Upgrade lighting to energy-efficient, longer-lasting, and cost-effective LEDs, reducing electricity bills and environmental impact

Air-source heat pumps: Replace your fossil-fuelled heating with renewable, low-carbon heating technology that reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions

Retrofit in action: Sheltered housing village makes significant energy and CO2 savings

Staffordshire Housing Association reduced its exposure to increasing gas costs while reducing its environmental impact by engaging our team to replace outdated heating boilers in its sheltered housing village of 238 apartments. Five 20-year-old 54kW gas boilers were replaced with a 195kW wood pellet biomass boiler and two 85kW gas boilers. Solar PV panels installed on the south-facing roof provide 50kWp array, reducing grid electricity.

Results:

  • CO2 reduced by 65 tonnes per year
  • Solar PV generates savings and FIT income of £9,700 per year with investment paid back in under 8 years
  • Boiler replacement investment will be paid back in 12 years

Make a real difference in the fight against climate change. To learn more about how we can support you in unlocking the full potential of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, contact us technical@briar.zenergi.co.uk | 01384 397777

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