It is now 18 months since the UK Government’s much anticipated Heat and Buildings Strategy was launched. Including additional funding opportunities for retrofitting social housing, the strategy outlined the Government’s ambitions to move the UK away from using gas and providing better insulation and sustainable heating solutions.
With home heating responsible for about 16%  of the UK’s carbon emissions, this is clearly a major undertaking and must remain high on the agenda if we are to meet the target of achieving carbon zero by 2050. Since the strategy was announced, this issue has become even more pressing for social housing providers as energy prices have soared alongside the cost-of-living crisis. And in recognition of just how important these issues have become we have seen the recent launch of the new Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.
Compared to building new homes that are carbon neutral, retrofitting existing housing stock brings with it additional complications and challenges that require careful consideration. Through supporting a number of our residential clients on retrofit projects, we have collated some of the key questions that we are often asked as we plan their approach.
Having been through the first two waves of the Social Housing Decarbonisation fund bid application process, we are now able to plan for the next phase of the Retrofit journey.