Greener neighbourhoods

Housing associations play a pivotal role in delivering sustainable homes and healthier neighbourhoods.

As socially aware businesses, with a long-term interest in their properties and their residents, housing associations have led the way in improving the quality of their homes and neighbourhoods.
While they have funded this work largely through investment from their own resources, many of the cost-effective improvements have now been done.  Housing associations need to be increasingly innovative and creative in levering the funding that will enable them to do more work to their homes and communities. 

The Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation

One of these ways could be by using the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
The Green Deal lets households and businesses pay for energy saving measures over time rather than upfront, through additions to their energy bills, which are offset by the energy savings made. ECO, which is paid for by a levy on everyone’s bills, funds energy efficiency improvements for hard-to-treat homes and eligible fuel poor households. The Federation has been working to make sure both schemes are relevant to the social housing sector. Read our Q&A and briefing on the Green Deal and ECO.


Another way could be by using the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) or the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Both schemes promote renewable heating systems which can help to reduce residents’ bills and cut carbon. The Federation has been working to make these schemes apply to the sector. 

Other sustainable projects

The Federation also undertakes the following project work to improve the quality of homes and neighbourhoods:

Latest Greener neighbourhoods updates

10 years of changing landscapes

19 February 2014

Steve Cole takes a look back and reflects on the last 10 years since the Neighbourhoods Green project was launched.

Environment Newsletter Winter 2013-14

3 February 2014

Read the latest policy updates on Government energy policy, and important consultations on retrofitting heat meters and communal heating.

Environment Newsletter Autumn 2013

28 October 2013

Read the latest policy updates on Housing Standards, Allowable Solutions, Energy Company Obligation and Renewable Heat Incentive

Regeneration and development funding streams

28 August 2013

A detailed briefing on the cash available to housing associations for regeneration projects including public sector investment, green funding and equity and loan schemes.