Housing associations form retrofit partnership

A group of housing associations (HAs) have launched a partnership in a bid to improve the energy efficiency of 300,000 homes and set new sustainability standards across the sector.

On 8 April, The Green Futures Partnership (GFP) was launched, striving to lower emissions, reducing fuel poverty and improving living conditions for residents by creating sustainable, affordable, healthier and safer homes. The five HAs – Abri, Anchor Hanover Group, Home Group, Hyde Group and Sanctuary Group – will work to procure services, build skills, create jobs and develop solutions to enable them and the wider sector to deliver more affordable, sustainable homes while maintaining existing ones.

HAs own and manage around 17% of the UK housing stock, with the social housing sector facing costs of between £13,000 to £25,000 to bring a home to EPC C, before the investment needed to develop new skills and technologies.

Under the GFP, the five associations have signed a collaboration agreement which will run for an initial 12 months, considering future structures and vehicles that can support medium to long-term objectives around joint procurement and delivery. A key goal will be to create a single, credible approach to assess the sustainability of their homes and ensure that they meet the wider greener agenda, past just EPC ratings.

Hyde Group Chief Executive, Peter Denton, will be GFP Chair for the first year. Denton said: “The scale of the carbon zero challenge means that we must do more than just cooperate – we need to truly collaborate, if we are to tackle the issues effectively and at scale. The Greener Futures Partnership signals the beginning of our commitment to join forces and resources as a sector to support the UK’s shift towards a zero-carbon future, to help the environment and improve the lives of millions of people.”