Proposals to scale up the Better Homes Yorkshire programme for the next decade have been finalised for consideration by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Green Economy Panel.

The extensive research project, funded by West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) via Better Homes Yorkshire, was conducted by a team of retrofit experts led by Red Co-operative with SHAP, Leeds Beckett University and University of Salford, who examined the actions that will be needed to support an ambitious programme of domestic energy retrofit for around 300,000 homes.

The Combined Authority has overseen delivery though the Better Homes Yorkshire partnership since 2015. However, the contracts with partners come to an end in 2023, so the ambition is to build on its success and scale-up the market. Although considerable progress has been made on energy efficiency in homes, delivery has stalled owing to the limitations of funding, the cost and complexity of renovating the housing stock and the willingness of homeowners to upgrade their property. It is also widely recognised that to reduce bills and make homes net-zero carbon, will take a ‘whole house’ approach to reduce energy demand and supply low carbon energy.

Scaling Up Better Homes Yorkshire research, led by Red Co-operative

The scaling up programme will cover all tenures of housing, seeking to improve their energy efficiency, reduce carbon, ensure housing is more affordable to run and provides a comfortable, safe, healthy homes.

The Executive Summary report below examines the actions needed to support an ambitious programme of domestic energy retrofits in West Yorkshire.

Supporting jobs, saving carbon and making great homes

A programme of this scale will deliver multiple benefits and create multiple opportunities for businesses and communities across the region. By 2029, turnover from retrofit, PV and storage could be over £2.5bn and support over 30,000 jobs. By 2030, fuel poverty would be largely eliminated and carbon savings in West Yorkshire would be 1.9 million tonnes per year.

Fundamental to building a large-scale all tenure retrofit programme is the understanding of the priority building blocks including supply chain capacity, skills and training, trust and, critically, where the money will come from and the role of the public sector and stockholders.

A cross disciplinary response to the challenge is needed including financiers, procurement, legals, supply chain, skills, training/education, stockholders, and insurers.

This project is critical in understanding how the recommendations need to respond to the barriers and opportunities in a 10+ year programme that will see investment in almost one million homes.

A successful outcome will be a consensus around the programme building blocks and components identified in our research, and confidence in the next steps.

View the full Executive Summary for this extensive project below:

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