Retrofit in social housing: a path to net zero

Social housing landlords are squaring up to the challenges of improving the energy efficiency of existing social housing, in order to meet the UK Government’s ambition to slash carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.

To help realise its 2050 goal, the UK Government has committed significant funding support to retrofit through its £2 billion Green Homes Grant, the £1 billion Public Buildings Decarbonisation Fund and the £50 million Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund demonstrator, which is the precursor to an overall £3.8 billion Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.

To take advantage of financial grants and incentives, social housing landlords need to develop an investment pathway to net zero. With strategies, investment plans and project programmes in place, they can respond rapidly to funding calls and be well positioned to secure support and promote net zero projects.

During this 15 minute on-demand recording our Sustainability Director, Richard McWilliams is joined by Jo Hills, Director of Assets and Services at Raven Housing Trust and Dermot Barnes, Retrofit Manager at Sutton Housing Partnership.

Listen to discover:

  • What the barriers to retrofit in social housing are and how Raven Housing Trust are looking to address them
  • How Sutton Housing Partnership made a net zero project happen and what their plans are to scale up the project
  • How to position for a share of the £3.8 billion Government funding.

Our guest speaker

Jo Hills, Director of Assets and Services at Raven Housing Trust, a social business which owns or manages more than 6,000 homes. Jo joined Raven in 2014 and is a chartered member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Dermot Barnes, Retrofit Manager at Sutton Housing Partnership, which was set up in 2006 to manage council housing stock on behalf of Sutton Council. Dermot is responsible for the delivery of the UK's largest zero-carbon retrofit project to date, using the energiesprong method.


Images courtesy of Energiesprong