Tools and resources

Here you'll find links to tools and resources to help housing associations with decarbonisation. This page is updated regularly.

Heat and buildings strategy briefing

The Heat and buildings strategy sets out how the government plans to eliminate virtually all emissions arising from heating, cooling and energy use in our buildings.

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Social Housing Retrofit Accelerator

We highly recommend the work of the Social Housing Retrofit Accelerator that has been supporting social housing providers to access and deploy the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund and they cover both strategic and practical skills. They have a series of podcasts, webinars and a knowledge hub and more resources are released regularly.

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Northern Housing Consortium

The Northern Housing Consortium have also brought together a useful set of practical and strategic resources to draw upon.

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What is the cost of making our homes zero carbon and how can this be funded?

This webinar recorded 4 November 2021 features representatives from Savills, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and Turner and Townsend.

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How can we as a sector navigate our way to net zero?

This webinar recorded 7 October 2021 reviewed one of the key parts of the NHF decarbonisation project. 

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Defining net zero for social housing: discussion paper

Published in July 2021, this paper discusses how to define ‘net zero’ for housing associations and outlines our role in the wider economy’s decarbonisation journey.

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The Sixth Carbon Budget: a briefing for housing associations

The UK’s Sixth Carbon Budget covers 2033-2037 and is the most comprehensive advice the Climate Change Committe has ever produced. It is a blueprint for a fully decarbonised UK.

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Funding for green retrofitting (video)

During this webinar in March 2021, we heard directly from the government about funding opportunities for green retrofit work on housing association properties, focusing on plans for the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.

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Where are housing associations on the path to net zero?

This report published in December 2020 outlines the findings from a survey with our housing association members.

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Residents’ voices in the net zero journey

Communication is key if social landlords are to deliver the decarbonisation agenda say PlaceShapers and Tpas.

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Social housing tenants' climate jury

The Northern Housing Consortium and partners have launched a first of its kind Tenants’ Jury to understand how tenants, social housing providers and others can work together to tackle climate change in our homes and neighbourhoods.

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Social Housing Toolkit

A practical guide from the Retrofit Academy CIC to help social landlords and local authorities deliver effective retrofit measures that will benefit all you and your tenants and deliver warm, comfy, and efficient homes for all.

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Climate action: energy, planning and housing

The LGA collates best practice case studies of local authority climate action, often including work to local authority homes which housing associations may find useful.

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Electric heat pumps (video)

Electric heat pumps are likely to be the dominant solution to how we green our homes. During this webinar, we examined the following questions:

  • What are heat pumps and how do they work?
  • Why have they emerged as the dominant solution for zero carbon housing?
  • What will the impact on tenants be?
  • Are heat pumps the answer for all homes?
  • Are they an affordable solution?
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Who to speak to

Will Jeffwitz, Head of Policy