More than five and half thousand families across the North East and Yorkshire will benefit from energy efficiency upgrades to their homes thanks to government backing for a housing retrofit scheme.
Beyond Housing is part of a consortium led by the North East and Yorkshire Net Zero Hub that has successfully attracted funding from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Wave 2.1 to deliver a £80 million retrofit project across the North East and Yorkshire.
This is made possible by a £32.4 million grant from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and £48.2 million from consortium partners, including £3.2 million from Beyond Housing, coupled with an additional £1.1 million grant funding, to deliver the £80.6 million scheme to 5,525 homes.
The North East & Yorkshire Net Zero Hub led the bid to the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Wave 2.1, which aims to raise the energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of social homes to a minimum of Band C.
A range of work will be carried out to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of properties across the region through a worst-first, fabric-first approach, using measures such as external wall, loft, cavity wall, and underfloor insulation. Some properties will also receive renewable technologies such as solar photovoltaic panels or air source heat pumps, moving away from reliance on fossil fuels to power and heat these buildings.
the goal is to help to reduce the number of people in fuel poverty and improve their comfort and health, while driving down CO2 emissions and supporting the green economy and jobs.
Richard Cooper, head of asset management at Beyond Housing, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding which will help us to invest in energy efficient homes for our customers. We are aware, through our surveys, that some of our properties are less energy efficient than others. Investing in energy measures will make a valuable difference to our customers. It is a positive step towards our future goal of ensuring all our homes become energy efficient and carbon neutral.”
North East and Yorkshire energy hub manager Karen Oliver-Spry said: “The success of this bid is great news for households in the area and builds on the achievements of the hub’s LAD2 Green Home Grant scheme delivery in tackling poor energy performance in housing. This successful bid is one of several in the North East and Yorkshire, helped by Hub-funded support.”
The North East and Yorkshire Net Zero Hub made the bid on behalf of a consortium made up of Arches Housing Ltd, Assist Sheffield, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Believe Housing, Bernicia, Beyond Housing, Broadacres, Darlington Borough Council, Doncaster Council, Great Places, Hartlepool Borough Council, Humankind, Karbon, Livin, Northstar, Railway Housing, Sheffield council , South Tyneside Homes and Thirteen Group. The bid was supported by Tees Valley Combined Authority, the accountable body for the Net Zero Hub.