Funding secured for home energy-efficiency improvements

In partnership with housing associations B3Living, Settle and Watford Community Housing, we've made a successful application to the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF). The funding will allow members of the Greener Herts Partnership to make energy-efficiency improvements to 1,500 social housing properties, worth more than £40million. Works will include loft insulation, external wall insulation, draught proofing, installation of solar panels and low-energy lighting.

The funding now secured reflects a combined pledge of £25million from the housing associations and ourselves, with an additional £14million provided by the SHDF.

Darren Welsh, our Chief Housing Officer, said “This funding is fantastic news, as it means 75 older Council homes in Dacorum will be significantly improved for our residents. External wall insulation, loft insulation, and solar panels will be installed as a result of the funding grant, which amounts to more than £850,000, while the total investment in this work overall is over £2million.

“We understand the need to improve the thermal efficiency of our housing stock and are committed to improving the lives of all of our residents in the borough. This funding is an example of how we are working hard to obtain the investment required in our homes by working closely with other social landlords through the Greener Herts Partnership.

“Ensuring homes in Dacorum are more energy-efficient and sustainable is key, particularly with the significant challenges many people are facing in the borough because of the cost-of-living crisis.”

Housing associations B3Living, settle and Watford Community Housing originally joined forces through the Greener Herts partnership in 2021, which was formed to enable them to achieve more tangible results towards a shared ambition to make their homes both energy-efficient and cost-effective for customers. The group has a joint ambition to achieve a completely net-zero carbon footprint by 2050.