Retrofit in Social Housing (PAS 2035)

The Journey to net zero

Social housing providers will be a leading light in the country’s journey to net zero carbon. Housing currently accounts for almost 20% of all CO₂ emissions in the UK, which is why the government continues to release and consult on funding opportunities to improve the energy performance of the UK’s 5 million social homes.

Funding opportunities

The government has already earmarked £3.8 billion of funding for energy efficiency upgrades through a Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, with a £60 million pilot scheme currently running, and a further £60 million pledged by the chancellor for release this year.

In addition to this, the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme is set to provide a further £300 million in its second phase to regional energy hubs in late 2021.

The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator

The Green Homes Grant Local Authority Deliver Scheme

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO3)

The Sustainable Warmth Competition (NEW)

Achieving success with Government funded competitions

The scope of government funded retrofit competitions is due to change. In future, Social Housing providers will likely be required to comply with PAS 2035 on all retrofit projects which delivers a whole building/quality approach to the domestic retrofit process (This has already been adopted within the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator).

What is PAS 2035?

What does this mean for Social Housing Providers?

When undertaking or bidding for government funded retrofit programmes Social Housing Providers will need to appoint TrustMark Approved Retrofit Coordinators (as well as other TrustMark approved retrofit professionals) to oversee the assessment, strategy, design, installation, commissioning and handover of retrofit projects.

Social Housing Providers have two options for guaranteeing success within future competitions

IRT Surveys working with Aberdeen City Council

Read how IRT Surveys, and its partners, are helping Aberdeen City Council to deliver a major decarbonisation retrofit scheme across 100 social housing properties, as part of the Social Housing Deacarbonisation Fund pilot.

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