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Warwick successful in winning SHDF Demonstrator funding 31/03/2021 Labelled as Development, Finance

ARCH member Warwick District Council has been successful in a bid for £1.35million funding under the Government's Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) Demonstrator programme.


Following the launch of the SHDF Demonstrator programme in October 2020, £62 million in funding has been awarded to 17 local authorities across England and Scotland for 19 projects.


The SHDF Demonstrator project is an initial investment to learn lessons and catalyse innovation in retrofitting for the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, for which the Government has committed £3.8 billion of new funding.


The SHDF projects will demonstrate innovative approaches to retrofitting social housing at scale, using a whole house approach. The projects will retrofit over 2,300 homes to bring them up to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) band C or higher. Projects are expected to complete by December 2021.


Under the successful bid submitted by Warwick District Council, dozens of houses in the District will have permanently reduced fuel bills, better air quality and improved energy efficiency ratings thanks to the successful government funding bid.


A grant of over £1.35m has been awarded under the SHDF Demonstrator programme to Warwick District Council and Oxford Brookes University for a project which will see 50 Council homes with low energy ratings undergo whole house energy retrofits using some of the latest technology available.


The homes selected will have the money and energy saving alterations made for free including; the replacement of windows with high-performance triple glazing, under floor and loft insulation and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery to reduce the risk of damp and mould, and provide fresh filtered air.


Warwick District Council's Head of Housing Services, Lisa Barker commented:


"Receipt of this funding is a tremendous boost in allowing us to extend our ambitious programme to improve the energy performance of our housing. This will not only benefit residents by permanently reducing their fuel bills and make their homes warmer in winter, but also supports the Council's ambition to combat climate change."

Once the retrofitting work is completed, each home will be measured for its thermal performance with energy use and indoor environmental conditions carefully monitored. The householders will then be advised on how to manage their energy use with the new measures in place.


Rajat Gupta, Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Climate Change at Oxford Brookes University, who is leading the building performance evaluation of the scheme commented;


"We are excited to get this project underway as it will have a major impact on the quality of life of residents, who will enter an era of advanced energy efficient homes. We have shown through years of international research that energy retrofit measures can play a key role in sustainability. This is especially important as the UK aims for a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050."

Dr Sarah Price, Head of Building Physics at Retrofit specialists Enhabit, who are consulting on the project added:


"Enhabit is really excited to be part of this innovative retrofit project, which will help to develop strategies for reducing costs and improving efficiencies across the Warwick District housing stock and beyond.We are looking forward to developing the retrofit processes alongside our partners Warwick District Council, Oxford Brookes University and Sarah Wigglesworth Architects."

Click here for further details of the Warwick District Council project and the homes to be improved under the SHDF Demonstrator programme.


Details of the 17 local authorities awarded funding are available on the BEIS website.

The SHDF Demonstrator competition is currently closed for new applications but on 27 March 2021 the Government announced £300 million extra funding for green home upgrades to help lower income households cut emissions and save money on bills. The funds will be delivered through the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme and the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator. The additional funding for the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund will build on the successful Demonstrator projects, and further details of how Local Authorities and Housing Associations can apply will be announced later this year.

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