We are one of 50 housing associations to receive money from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund
We have been successful in a bid to receive funding from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.
We worked with Coventry City Council to submit the bid, and the £1m grant will allow us to improve the energy efficiency of our homes in the city which have an energy performance certificate (ECP) rating below C.
As a housing association we were not allowed to bid for funding in the first wave of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, but we could access the funding if we entered a joint bid with the local authority.
The money will be used for fitting external wall insulation to 95 homes as well as installing energy efficient doors and windows, increased loft insulation and improving ventilation to reduce the potential for mould growth.
We have tendered for the consultants and contractors and are in the process of appointing them.
We will start carrying out surveys and the design phase in April with the aim to start work in August this year. It is a condition of the bid that all works must be completed by 31 March 2023.
Our Head of Strategic Asset Management Chris Morris said: “It is really great news that the bid was successful with Coventry City Council. There was a lot of hard work by both Citizen and Coventry Council to prepare and submit the bid which showed great partnership working.
“The funding will help deliver warm, energy efficient homes and improve the comfort, health and wellbeing of our customers.
“A large proportion of our customers live in fuel poverty and these improvements will help tackle this. Improving the energy efficiency of our homes will help to reduce the amount of energy used during these times of high energy bills. Also, by making our homes more efficient it reduces the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, reducing the impact on the environment.
“It is a Government requirement that all rented properties by 2030 must be achieve minimum band C and we currently have around 1,600 un-insulated solid wall properties so we will be looking to bid for further funding that we can use towards improving the energy efficiency of our stock.”
The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund supports the Prime Minister’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution and makes further progress towards delivering the Government’s commitment to invest in the energy performance of homes.