What is the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund?
The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) is funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy which will improve the energy performance of social housing across England, delivering warm, energy-efficient homes and reducing fuel bills and carbon emissions for tenants.
In the Midlands, SHDF aims to upgrade homes to meet an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C standard 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 Midlands Net Zero Hub has received £14.9m of Government funding as part of the SHDF Wave 1, which will run until March 2023. The funding was secured as part of a consortium bid, which will see Nottingham City Council, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Derby City Council, Platform Housing Group, Nottingham Community Housing Association, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing, Jigsaw Housing, Futures Homescape Ltd, and East Midlands Homes delivering SHDF in the region.