London mayor launches £3.6m fund to make homes energy efficient

The Retrofit Accelerator for Homes will provide financial support to local authorities and housing associations to make ‘urgent’ upgrades and improvements

Scotland invests £3m to boost energy efficiency of social homes

It follows the announcement of a new standard to further improve the energy efficiency of homes in the social housing sector

Renters ‘footing £102 bill for previous tenants’ energy use’

New research suggests 70% of landlords don’t provide any information about energy tariffs and the switching process to their tenants

Spain lent €40m for energy efficient social housing

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending €40 million (£35m) to finance the construction of energy efficient social housing in Spain. They will be nearly zero energy buildings, i.e. buildings with very low energy usage due to their design and the materials used during construction. Around 524 units will be built in the Navarre Region […]

Social housing sector ‘willing and able’ to retrofit

The social housing sector is willing and able to carry out energy efficiency retrofits. That’s according to a recent survey of social housing providers from the National Energy Foundation, Capita and the University of Salford. The respondents are responsible for the management of an estimated two million properties across the country, which is around half of the UK’s […]

Energy efficiency upgrades for UK social housing

More than 1,000 homes across the UK are to benefit from efficient heating systems, thanks to a £5 million fund. It is the Green Investment Bank’s (GIB) first investment in the nation’s social housing sector, which will see highly efficient heating systems fitted in up to 28 developments. That includes a pilot scheme of seven […]

Social landlord checks on energy, district heating

Social housing landlords may soon be able to check up on the energy use of their properties – and even how well district heating network is supplying them. A new pilot project in Wembley is testing a system which uses wireless technology to monitor how the network is performing, from the central plant to each […]

DECC reveals £3.2m renewable heating scheme winners

DECC has announced the winners of a £3.2 million fund which is part of a renewable heating scheme. As many as 44 social housing projects will share the cash to install biomass boilers, solar hot water panels and heat pumps into the homes of more than 1,000 tenants across Britain. Local authorities and social housing […]

Shadow Secretary says solar cuts are "idiotic"

The new Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary has attacked the Coalition’s energy policy today and questioned the recent Feed-in Tariff review which has been “cut off at the knees with just six week’s notice.” Referring to Energy Secretary’s Chris Huhne’s recently announced slashing of subsidy Caroline Flint said to Parliament: “It’s his cuts that […]

Government awards £4m to social housing projects

The government has announced the winners of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme. Twenty-four social housing providers across the UK have been awarded a £4 million fund to install green heating systems. According to DECC, half of the UK’s carbon emissions come from the energy used to generate heat. After 125 bids from around the […]