Are you a local authority or social housing provider? Get expert, impartial advice and funding support to enhance the energy efficiency of your housing stock, help your customers, and get to net zero.
Energy efficiency support for social housing
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, many social landlords are working to get all properties to minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) band C by 2030, on the road to Net Zero Carbon by 2050.
In Scotland, the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing requires social housing providers to achieve Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) rating targets for specified house types by 2020, with new targets being set up to 2050.
To achieve these aims you’ll need to plan improvement programmes, identify funding support, and overcome barriers, such as planning constraints and unreliable and incomplete stock data.
We can offer expert support to help you better understand your stock portfolio, and to develop your energy efficiency and decarbonisation plans and programmes.
Support for social housing providers
We can support you through the following areas:
Home Analytics is an extensive database we’ve developed for UK housing stock. With it, you can get an accurate and insightful profile of your housing stock and customers, right down to individual address level.
The unique dataset can help social housing providers plan, deliver, and monitor progress of programmes to improve energy efficiency, alleviate fuel poverty, and move towards net zero carbon.
Using our Portfolio Energy Assessment Tool (PEAT), you can then model and compare the outcomes for different retrofit scenarios based on your home energy data.
We can offer you advice on sourcing funding through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Great British Insulation Scheme. We can also advise on how to make your properties more energy efficient and warmer for tenants.
You can also call Home Energy Scotland for free, impartial advice on local schemes and support on 0808 808 2282.
Support for social housing providers in Scotland
In Scotland, there are a few sources of funding that we can provide advice on.
The Green Network for Social Housing is a searchable archive of case studies from across Scotland. Case studies are submitted by members who have installed energy efficient and renewable measures as part of a social housing project. You can use the case studies to inspire your own social housing project.
Loans of up to £500,000 are available as low interest unsecured loans, with repayment terms of either 10 or 15 years. Loans for larger projects (over £500,000) will also be considered on a case by case basis.
Since 2011, more than £20 million has been lent to 53 different projects across Scotland. Benefits generated by these projects include:
Providing affordable warmth to householders.
Creating local employment, reducing costs for businesses.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
A £300 million fund available over the next five years to support the development and rollout of zero emission heat networks across Scotland. The scheme can support up to 50% of capital costs.
A £200 million fund available from 2021-2026. The fund supports social landlords across Scotland to install zero emissions heating systems and energy efficiency measures across their existing stock to help progress towards Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing targets. Funding bids are invited over a number of rounds.
Support for social housing providers in Scotland - mixed tenure
In addition to the schemes above, there are also schemes available to mixed tenure programmes in Scotland. This covers programmes where social housing neighbours owner occupied and privately rented properties.
Supports energy efficiency measures measures for:
EPC D-G rated owner-occupied properties.
EPC E-G rated private rented properties, where households meet low income and benefit eligibility criteria and insulation.
Some renewable energy heating measures in social housing EPC E-G properties (D-G for innovation measures).
Scheme offering a range of energy efficiency measures in private sector lower council tax band properties (A-D), in areas that local authorities have proposed to the Scottish Government. Delivery is managed by local authorities, who procure contractors to carry out the works. Alternatively, they can partner with social housing providers to support works in private sector properties in conjunction with social housing programmes.
Provides interest free loans and grants available to private sector owner occupiers installing various energy efficiency and heating measures. The scheme also provides loans to households that pay contributions to Warmer Homes Scotland or EES:abs measures.
Provides unsecured loans of more than £1 million towards capital measures for district heating projects or heat network projects. Large stand-alone anchor load buildings can also be supported by the scheme. Interest rate is typically 3.5%. Repayable over 10-15 years.