Residents in some of a London borough’s least energy-efficient properties are set to benefit after the council secured £1.7m in grant funding from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) programme.

Haringey Council says it will use the funding to bring 173 two and three-bed properties, which have an energy performance certificate (EPC) D rating or below, up to at least an EPC C standard through retrofit measures.

The retrofit measures are likely to include external wall insulation, high-performing windows and doors and loft insulation.

The total cost of the project is £6.3m, with Haringey investing £4.7m (74%).

This project forms project part of the council’s Housing Energy Action Plan, which aims to improve the energy efficiency of housing stock in the borough.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Environment and Transport, Cllr Mike Hakata, and Cllr Sarah Williams, Cabinet Member for Housing Services, Private Renters and Planning, said: “This administration has placed great emphasis on creating a cleaner, fairer and greener Haringey and securing this grant funding is further evidence of our clear commitment towards that objective.

“We are determined to ensure that no Haringey family should live in substandard conditions and we’ll be investing this money in retrofit measures to address the issues of damp and mould.

“We’d like to thank our Carbon Management and Housing Asset Management teams for all their hard work on this project so far and we’re both really excited to see just how these measures will benefit Haringey families, children and young people in the months and years ahead.”

Resident engagement has already begun with an introduction to the project and an invitation for retrofit assessments will be sent out later this month.

The Department of Energy Security & Net Zero launched the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) Wave 2.2 programme in November (2023), with applications being submitted at the end of January (2024).