22 March 2023
Anchor secures funding to ‘green’ homes
Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of specialist housing and care for people in later life, has been successful in securing funding to retrofit more than 300 homes by 2025.
Anchor will receive £2.2 million from wave 2.1 of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.
Anchor will use the funding received from the newly formed Department for Energy Security and Net Zero to increase Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings.
As well as boosting EPC ratings the plan is to deliver works to improve thermal performance, while reducing carbon emissions and helping residents reduce energy consumption.
The scope of works to the homes will include new energy efficient double-glazing, front and rear door replacements, replacing existing heating and water systems with technology such as air source heat pumps, and introducing solar PV.
Anchor’s bid was part of the Greener Futures Partnership [GFP].
The five partners within the GFP – Anchor, Abri, Home Group, Hyde Group and Sanctuary secured more than £40m in funding from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund to retrofit over 5,000 homes.
The funding from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero is the 3rd highest allocation and the GFP plan to retrofit 5,600 homes with a total planned investment of over £90m.
The partnership is made up of some of the UK’s largest housing associations – Abri, Anchor, Home Group, Hyde Group and Sanctuary - with a joint turnover of £2.3bn, representing over 600,000 customers in 300,000 homes.
Liz Davenport, Property Sustainability Director at Anchor, said:
We’re delighted to have been successful in our bid.
Greening our customers’ homes and communities is a key aim for us. With these funds, and our own significant investment, we will be able to do that.
Over the past two years we have expanded our programme of energy efficiency works, for example, by replacing or upgrading cavity wall insulation at nearly 8,000 homes with the help of ECO3 funding.
We are proud to be a founding member of the Greener Futures Partnership, set up in 2021 by Abri, Home Group, Hyde, Sanctuary and Anchor. Together we represent 9% of the social housing market and one of the ways we are working together to influence the development of skills and capabilities is through combining our purchasing power, procurement methods and knowledge to enable the delivery of works which will benefit and support our customers.
Another key goal for Anchor is to raise awareness of more sustainable living and support customers during the change needed to achieve it.
Anchor has been working with its customers to engage on the need to green homes and communities. Even more engagement will take place for this project with visits and coffee mornings taking place.