Government Opens Latest Round of De-Carb Funding Worth £80m

Government Opens Latest Round of De-Carb Funding Worth £80m

Wave 2.2 of SHDF is open and applications from local authorities and housing associations will be received from November 2023. Worth £80m, the funding will be targeted at insulation and heat pumps, with the government believing this could help up to 9,500 homes reduce their carbon footprint and save residents over £200 per year in energy costs. If you missed Wave 2.1, this is another opportunity to secure funding to help improve your “old and cold” properties through retrofit.

We continue to support a variety of our asset management clients and contractors in delivering their decarbonisation projects by taking on the roles of Retrofit Coordinator, Contract Administrator and Employer’s Agent. We have successfully delivered several projects for clients, improving their properties EPC ratings to C or better, solving damp and mould issues and most importantly, improving the health and warmth of our client’s customers, some of whom are the most vulnerable in society.

Our Surveying teams include fully Certified Retrofit Coordinators (PAS 2035), notably our Senior Associate Dan Assender, and our Associate Architect, Chris Los, who recently passed his exams to become a Certified Passive House Designer.

As Chartered Surveyors and Certified Retrofit Coordinators, we can provide assessments of a building’s condition at project inception. Additionally, we can deliver end‑to‑end retrofit project coordination, as stipulated in PAS 2035, either alongside or in addition to providing cost advice and carrying out complimentary contract administration duties and quality inspections for all retrofit projects of any size. As a Certified Passive House Designer, Chris now has extensive knowledge of the Passive House principles, which can be utilised to deliver more sustainable buildings in both refurbishment and new build construction. Chris is currently involved in several new build construction projects involving sustainable design; he is also providing design advice input for RB Greenwich on their retrofit programme.

The £21 million project for the Royal Borough of Greenwich will see the retrofitting of 665 homes within the borough, in line with their ambitious carbon neutral plan and target to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030. This will only be achieved with large-scale retrofitting of the social housing stock, ensuring that decarbonisation occurs alongside energy efficiency improvements and the elimination of fuel poverty. The emphasis is on a fabric-first strategy to deliver much needed energy efficiency improvements to homes where it is most needed.

Martin Arnold have previous experience of delivering projects which vastly improve the sustainability and performance of properties. Working with Moat Homes and Energiesprong, we helped to incorporate an offsite MMC insulated façade and roofing system to reduce the level of carbon in existing homes in Essex by up to 3 tonnes per year. The homes were fitted with solar panels, energy-efficient roofs and doors, triple glazed windows, insulated shell and floors to keep the homes warm and reduce noise from the road, air source heat pumps, battery storage and improved ventilation. This included an innovative offsite approach for the insulated façade and roofing system to speed up installation.

We almost always adopt a fabric-first strategy which is usually the most cost-effective approach for our clients and, from a technical perspective, provides the best baseline for supplementary improvements to a building, to ensure success.

Please contact Dan or Chris to discuss your sustainability, energy and retrofit needs, using the links above.