Low Carbon Heating can be installed where a fabric first approach is taken, and all new heating systems must reduce bills in isolation compared to the existing system.
cavity wall insulation
solid wall insulation (internal or external)
window and door replacement
heating systems and controls
water efficiency devices and systems
renewable energy systems such as solar panels and heat pumps.
What must social housing providers demonstrate in applications?
Applicants are asked to be able to demonstrate that they can:
- Bring together a strong delivery team, including a Retrofit Coordinator
- Identify groups of suitable dwellings for retrofit to be undertaken and secure permission from the occupants in advance of works taking place
- Procure skills and materials from the retrofit supply chain in a timely manner
- Measure baseline dwelling performance to understand retrofit needs
- Design and implement retrofits to improve energy performance of stock and meet targets
- Measure real life performance
- Oversee delivery of retrofit in such a way as to avoid adverse consequences, e.g. overheating, problems associated with damp etc.
- Coordinate all of the above to successfully deliver the projects by Jan 2023.
Applications will be divided into three scoring sections:
Strategic Fit (45%) to assess how well the proposal fits with the aims, desired outcomes and eligibility criteria of the SHDF Wave 1 Scheme.
Delivery Assurance (35%) to assess the feasibility and credibility of the project.
Value for Money (20%) to ensure that projects deliver high value for money for SHDF and BEIS.
What projects are suitable?
The project must be led by a Local Authority in England.
Private Registered Providers of social housing can apply as part of a consortium with an LA in England.
The Lead LA does not have to submit their own stock as part of a consortia bid, the bid can be entirely made up of stock from other providers of social housing.
All social housing, including private and LA providers, is eligible, regardless of archetype, including both on- & off-gas grid.
There is no income related eligibility for social housing tenants.
How much funding is available per property?
There are cost caps in place for home upgrades based on starting performance of home - facilitating the treatment of the worst performing homes.
Higher caps on those homes with a worse starting EPC Band.
Minimum landlord contribution
The administrative & ancillary costs expected to make up less than 15% of total costs and are in addition to the costs for home upgrades.Grant funding requested per property can be totalled and allocated flexibly across the application as appropriate.
Providers are required to contribute at least one third of the total eligible project costs.
Can mixed tenures be included in projects?
Funding for other tenure types is available through SHDF, but only when social homes would be adversely affected without it and if the bid contains a minimum of 70% social housing.
Funding is also limited to infill measures - measures that all residential units require in order for the social homes to meet the fund's performance objectives, likely to be insulation and associated ventilation.
What are the standards for installers?
All installers are required to be TrustMark Registered or equivalent, and compliant with TrustMark requirements.