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

Business planning for energy efficiency and renewables

9 September 2014

This briefing provides the latest information on Government policies and funding streams, including European ones,  to help associations plan, fund and implement energy efficiency improvements and to install...

Edible estates

13 May 2014

Steve Cole looks at the benefits of growing food on local estates which are far beyond the provision of healthy and affordable food.