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Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator 30/07/2020 Labelled as Development, Finance

Following the announcement by the Chancellor in the Summer Economic Update of a new £50million Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, ARCH was invited, along with other sector representative bodies, to attend a workshop organised by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to discuss the design of the Scheme.


The objective of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) is to support social landlords to demonstrate innovative approaches to retrofitting social housing at scale.


The SHDF demonstrator project will be based on and upscale the existing Whole House Retrofit (WHR) Innovation Competition. £7.7m was awarded to 3 councils as part of the WHR programme:


  • London Borough of Sutton
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Cornwall Council


Summary details of the projects awarded funding under the Whole House Retrofit Innovation Competition are available on the Government website.

The new SHDF demonstrator project is intended to be a short-term investment with the aim of learning lessons and demonstrating innovation for the wider Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, allocations for which will be determined at the forthcoming Spending Review in the Autumn.


BEIS officials sought feedback on a number of key areas from the Whole House Retrofit scheme, to take into consideration when designing the SHDF demonstrator scheme. These areas included:


  • The value of the max grant award
  • The number of projects funded
  • The minimum number of dwellings per project
  • Cost reduction criteria
  • Energy savings criteria
  • Any other feedback/thoughts from attendees


Following this initial workshop BEIS officials will be working on the policy design process of the SHDF demonstrator and the feedback received will be considered throughout the policy design process of the SHDF demonstrator.


It is understood BEIS plan on holding a formal supplier day for the SHDF demonstrator in Autumn.


ARCH would be interested to hear from any member councils that might be interested in applying for funding under the SHDF demonstrator project. Please contact ARCH Chief Executive


Further detail of the Government's wider Clean Growth Strategy is available on the Government website.

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