Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund

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Across the UK, many social housing developments and estates are old, badly insulated and poorly built. Not only does this make them uncomfortable to live in, but due to being non energy-efficient and combined with the rising energy costs, more and more people living in these homes are facing fuel poverty than ever before.

The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) has been created to help the government meet their net-zero target by 2050, create more energy-efficient homes, and tackle fuel poverty.

£160m of funding has been allocated during the first wave of the project for eligible local authorities and social landlords which will see the improvement of social housing developments across England.

RETROFIT TO SCALE – GOING FURTHER, FASTER

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Surefire aims to accelerate the nation’s push towards net-zero by setting new standards in retrofit procurement and supply chain management.

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By bringing a revolutionary, sustainable yet minimum-risk route to fabric first and whole house retrofit, Surefire supports Local Authorities and social housing providers to rapidly scale their SHDF delivery across super high priority rural areas of the country.

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Surefire helps Local Authorities and social housing providers make warm, healthy and low-carbon living a reality.

Eligibility and assessment

The assessment process

Applicants must be able to demonstrate vital feasibility factors, including proof that you can bring together a strong delivery team, design and implement retrofits to improve energy performance and meet targets, and deliver the project by January 2023 (first wave of funding).

With our extensive knowledge and experience in the area of energy-efficiency, Surefire aims to help meet the above targets through working with local authorities and social landlords to secure funding, and carry out the work that will ensure these properties are brought up to the standard they should be.

The Surefire turnkey service offer de-risks the delivery of your SHDF project by providing a single source of responsibility for Design, Assessment, Procurement and Delivery.

Who can apply?

Local authorities, or registered providers of social housing in a consortium led by local authorities can apply for funding to improve the energy performance of their housing stock.

All social housing, regardless of archetype, including both on and off-grid, are eligible.

DELIVERING SOCIAL VALUE

Tackling unemployment. educating on efficiency and re-building community pride are just a few of our energy driven initiatives.

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Flexible to your SHDF needs


We understand that different authorities and providers require different services or levels of support. Surefire services can therefore be either adopted in isolation or packaged to suit your needs.

FRAMEWORK ZERO ZERO RISK

Procurement, ACE, design & engineering, supply, delivery, funding, and indemnity.

FABRIC MANAGED COMPLIANCE

ACE, design & engineering, supply & delivery

EPC (ENGINEER, PROCURE & CONSTRUCT) MINIMAL RISK

Procurement, ACE, design & engineering, supply, delivery & indemnity

ACE (ASSESSMENT COORDINATION & EVALUATION) MANAGED COMPLIANCE

Managing compliance to PAS 2035 Assessment, Coordination & Evaluation of property

SHDF specific lots


There are a total of 9 lots within the Surefire energy efficiency framework that are most relevant to SHDF. The services are provided nationally across the UK.

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Gas boiler replacement


Air source heat pumps


Ground source heat recovery


High heat retention storage heating

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External wall insulation


Cavity wall and loft insulation


Internal wall insulation

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Domestic solar PV and battery storage


Solar Thermal and battery storage

QUALITY MANAGEMENT

PAS 2035 is designed to manage quality and improve monitoring throughout fabric-first retrofit. Surefire follows the model, roles and responsibilities required by PAS 2035.

INCEPTION TO COMPLETION

Surefire reduces the supply chain to a partner of one and Suretire ACE Assist
ensures absolute compliance from inception to completion.

ACE ASSIST

Understanding the efficiency profile and needs of your stock is paramount to delivering best-value retrofit at scale, Surefire ACE Assist is a unique service that evaluates your stock at risk enabling Social Housing providers to select optimum measures, first time

PAS 2035 COMPLIANCE

Navigating PAS 2035 is on ongoing compliance headache particularly as each stage is typically delivered by a different third party in the supply chain. Surefire singularity assure full responsibility for PAS compliance.

BUDGET

Meeting budgetary demands in a fully compliant manner is THE core benefit of Surefire which in turn de-risks the management of LAD projects for asset teams.

INDEMNITY

Procuring and delivering LAD with Surefire effectively indemnities the Local Authority or Social Housing Provider from poor performance. Surefire was created in partnership with a Top 100 Social Housing provider (Walsall Housing Group)
for Social Housing providers. It recognises the needs specifically of the industry and protects against subpar delivery.

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Through a complex system of Assessment, Coordination and Evaluation, Surefire ACE Assist evaluates regional housing stocks to help local authorities and social housing providers

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Better understand their housing profile

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Determine fuel poverty “hotspots”

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Evaluate the optimum efficiency measures on by area and archetype

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Forward plan efficiency projects based on community needs

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Create blueprint efficiency designs in accordance with PAS 2030:2019 and PAS 2035

What Next?


The Surefire sustainable warmth team are available to discuss your project requirements and explore how we might assist you.

If you are unsure of the volume or location of SHDF eligible properties in your region, the ACE Assist team will help you evaluate and profile local housing stock.

ACE Assist can provide you with a schedule of eligible communities, properties and measures to help you navigate your SHDF.

Give your region the best you can and manage your risk partnership with Surefire.

Download our full SHDF brochure

Do you qualify for SHDF funding? Find out here.