A notable success story transforming homes to a greener, warmer standard, is Together Housing Group’s External Wall Insulation scheme for 68 low rise flats in Calderdale, which began on site in August 2022 and is due for completion in March 2023.
The £1.9m scheme was part funded with £774k received through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority consortium’s successful bid to the SDHF (Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund) Wave 1.
The specialist EWI contractor, Sustainable Building Services, was procured via EN:Procure’s framework on a Measured Term Contract in a turnkey role, providing the potential to roll on for SHDF Wave 2 funding.
The scheme also includes the replacement of gas heating systems with air source heat pumps.
Real benefits for tenants
This is a very successful scheme, which has delivered improvements to the energy performance of some of Together Housing Group’s poorest performing housing stock, and tangible benefits for tenants now living in warmer, more comfortable and more affordable homes.
Jon Schofield, Head of Carbon Reduction Delivery at Together Housing Group said; “Together Housing has been pleased to work with Efficiency North to deliver our SHDF Wave 1 project. Working together, we have been able to procure a specialist EWI contractor to undertake this challenging retrofit project. Efficiency North’s procurement process has achieved value for money whilst also ensuring that quality standards are high. We are now seeing the benefit of this in the successful on site delivery of the project.”
Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said, “The cost-of-living crisis means people living in fuel poverty will be feeling the strain on their finances. It is vital that we find ways to help cut costs they may already be facing, not just now but for years to come.
“I’m delighted to hear of the progress being made by our partners as part of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Programme scheme. Not only will this project make homes warmer, but it will also cut carbon emissions and help reduce heating bills.
“In West Yorkshire, we’re working towards creating a net zero carbon economy by 2038, and we can already see some of the benefits.”