What’s the progress?
Improving homes in Leeds
We’re committed to improving the energy efficiency at all our social housing properties to at least EPC band C by 2030. As part of our retrofit programme we’ve improved 212 homes in Holt Farm, Leeds, which will reduce fuel bills for customers and tackle damp and mould issues.
The work has included improved cavity wall insulation, new condensing gas boilers, new LED lighting, and new ventilation. These improved air quality.
This will provide warm, energy efficient homes that help tackle fuel poverty for our customers, while also achieving out net zero targets and those set by the government around housing carbon reduction.
EPC ratings of our homes
66% of our social housing properties have an EPC of band C or higher, slightly above the average sector performance.
We are also pleased that only 332 properties have the lowest rated EPC bands of F or G, all of which have been offered energy efficiency works.
It is our ambition to upgrade all of our social housing properties to EPC C by 2030.
Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund
The Government’s flagship Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) sets out to improve the energy efficiency of social rented homes. It will do this by upgrading a significant amount of the social housing stock currently below Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) C up to that standard.
We successfully applied for £2.5 million in the first wave of SHDF and are using this to retrofit approximately 350 of our properties across England. Wave 1 is being delivered alongside local authorities and other housing associations.
Wave 2 closed for applications in November 2022. The Greener Futures Partnership, a partnership of five of the UK’s largest housing associations – Sanctuary, Abri, Anchor, Home Group, and Hyde – submitted a substantial bid, with Sanctuary as lead bidder.
In March 2023, Sanctuary secured grant funding of £12.5m to retrofit more than 2,000 homes across England, under Wave 2.1 of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund. Part of a wider grant to the Greener Futures Partnership, Sanctuary will use its allocation alongside its own investment to improve the energy efficiency of homes in Cheshire, Rochford, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent.
Building Passivhaus standard homes
Our first homes to meet Passivhaus standards were built at the Newfield Square development in the Nitshill area of Glasgow. Passivhaus is the gold standard in low energy, eco homes.
Thanks to their energy efficient design, they stay at an almost constant temperature without the need for renewable technologies such as heat pumps.
The homes were part of a pilot project for Glasgow City Council’s drive for sustainability. Passivhaus standard is the highest level achievable under Scottish Building Standards. We also built two silver, four gold and two platinum standard houses which have various energy efficiency features including insulated window and door frames, heat recovery and solar thermal hot water systems.
Formerly a brownfield site, the Nitshill development lay vacant for over 15 years after dilapidated tenements were cleared.
Our transformation of Newfield Square was named Best Regeneration Development at the TIS Scotland National Excellence Awards.
Our first fully modular development
Our 2022 development at Green Gables Business Centre in Evesham, was our first fully modular development. These energy efficient homes have less impact on the environment.
Building in a modular way leads to a reduction in emissions from materials, waste, and transport as sections of homes are efficiently built off-site, before being craned into position on-site.
The 72 homes were built around a galvanised steel frame in a factory and the completed sections transported to site before being craned into position. These modular builds are, on average, developed twice as fast as a traditional build home.
Lifecycle carbon emissions from the homes are 12 per cent lower than a traditionally constructed property. They cost 20 per cent less to heat than other new homes and less than half the cost to run.
The enhanced building fabric of the homes means they exceed building standards by a fifth. Their steel-framed structure and construction indoors reduces shrinkage cracks in the walls compared to traditional building methods.
Our development partner was ilke Homes.