Incommunities manage 22,000 homes across Yorkshire and Humber with a high proportion of system build and hard to treat properties.
They were successful in the SHDF Wave 1 Funding bid through the consortium led by West Yorkshire Combined Authority to deliver a retrofit programme for 102 homes. This is a 12 month project which began in autumn 2022 with two-thirds of the funding coming from the BEIS and significant investment from Incommunities, bringing the total project value to more than £3 million.
Specialist contractor, Sustainable Building Services, was procured via EN:Procure’s retrofit framework on a Measured Term Contract in a turnkey role, providing the potential to roll on for SHDF Wave 2 funding.
Work is underway in the Wyke area of Bradford to improve the energy performance of the homes through wall and loft insulation, new windows and doors, moving properties from bands D and E to band C EPC rating. Savings for tenants are anticipated to be more than £300 per year.
Incommunities is also linking planned programmes of works for boiler upgrades and roofing replacements to minimise disruption for customers.
A second funding application, again in partnership with the WYCA consortium, is already in progress with plans to improve a further 300 Incommunities properties over the next 3 years if successful.
Incommunities Chief Executive, Rachael Dennis said, “We are delighted to be part of this project, working to improve the energy efficiency of our homes. It is exciting to see work start on the first phase, introducing energy saving measures and improving the energy efficiency ratings in homes - ultimately saving customers money.”