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 Energy Company Obligation
One of these ways could be by using the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
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.
A major source of funding for sustainability programmes is the European Union.
Another way could be by using the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The scheme promotes renewable heating systems which can help to reduce residents’ bills and cut carbon.
Other sustainability projects
The Federation also undertakes the following project work to improve the quality of homes and neighbourhoods: