Flagship Group awarded £1.79m from Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF)
Flagship Group, through a consortium bid with West Suffolk Council, has been awarded £1.79m from the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF).
The Group will contribute £1 million to the £2.7 million total project cost going towards 322 proposed energy efficiency measures. The goal of these is to improve the energy efficiency of 180 homes across Norfolk and Suffolk.
The targets of the bid aligned with the SHDF’s four aims: achieving carbon net zero by 2050; Carbon Budget Targets; improving fuel-poor homes to an EPC band C by 2030; and the Clean Growth Strategy Ambition.
This SHDF Wave 1 project focuses on measures such as installing external wall insulation (EWI) and cavity wall insulation, and on those living in financial difficulty in homes with an EPC rating of D or below. Flagship have also identified three communal ground source heat pump projects in the district that the funding can help to complete.
Flagship’s Asset Management team will be working with Gasway and local insulation contractors on the project and supporting the growth of green skills and jobs in the region. Delivery of the project will take place between April 2022 and March 2023.
The expected benefits for tenants across the lifespan of the project, are average annual household savings of £270, an EPC rating of C or above for all homes, and a reduced space heating demand of <90 kwh/year for at least 30% of homes (in line with a current carbon net zero definition).
Jill Korwin, Strategic Director at West Suffolk Council, said: “We recognise the importance of taking action on climate change, and are already delivering environmental improvements to low income, low energy efficiency rated homes, supporting businesses particularly around solar energy and as well as cutting or offsetting carbon emissions across sites we own and manage across the district.
Our recently approved budget includes a £9million investment towards measures to help the Council achieve net zero by 2030 so that we produce fewer carbon emissions.
So, we are delighted to work in partnership with Flagship Group, securing this money towards its work to help residents cut carbon emissions, providing them with some resilience against rising energy costs, and helping deliver on environmental targets for the benefit of us all.
Andrew Yuill, Strategic Asset Management Director at Flagship Group, said: “We’re committed to helping our tenants by providing more sustainable solutions to make their homes more efficient, and ultimately save them money. With the rising energy costs, we recognise the opportunity to aid our tenants, so we’re excited to have secured this money to help work towards that alongside West Suffolk Council.
We’re also looking forward to partnering closely with Gasway and other local insulation contractors to promote green skills and jobs in the region. It’s great to be part of this initiative, which will bring real improvements to everyone involved, and is another way in which we’re doing our bit to fight climate change.”
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