In March last year, we announced that we had secured government funding to help improve the energy efficiency of our existing homes following a successful bid to the Social Homes Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF).
To date, we have upgraded 59 of our customers’ homes at a housing scheme in Chippenham and in two locations near Telford.
We have formed a new Decarbonisation Project Team to coordinate the works which are being supported by the SHDF.
So far, the Decarbonisation Team have:
- Installed air-source heat pumps, new windows and external doors, solar panels, whole house ventilation and loft insulation for 39 bungalows in Westcroft in Chippenham.
- Undertaken various improvement works, including fitting air-source heat pumps at 20 homes on Brandywell Road and Blithe Close in Broseley, Shropshire.
Andy Minton, our Decarbonisation Delivery Project Manager said: “The newly formed Decarbonisation Project Team have made a strong start by delivering energy efficiency upgrades to just shy of 60 homes. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success in the opening stages of this project.”
We applied to the SHDF in a joint bid alongside the six other housing associations which form the Matrix Housing Partnership.
The Matrix Housing Partnership is a consortium of seven social landlords including GreenSquareAccord, Black Country Housing Group, Citizen Housing Group, Pioneer Housing and Community Group, Rooftop Housing Association, Trent & Dove Housing and Trident Housing Association.
In March 2023, the partnership secured £12million funding from the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ); which manages the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, to make 905 homes across the Midlands and South West more energy efficient.
Funded by DESNZ, members of the Matrix Housing Partnership, led by GSA, are now delivering a variety of regeneration works including cavity wall insulation, installing new windows and doors, loft insulation, and measures to improve ventilation. The works are targeted to upgrade older homes owned by the partnership so that they have an EPC rating of at least C.
Watch this animation for more information about the Matrix Decarbonisation Project here.