The Better Homes Yorkshire research group, funded by West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), was led by Red Co-operative with a team of sustainable housing experts from SHAP, University of Salford and Leeds Beckett University.

This group carried out a review of previous energy efficiency schemes to examine what has worked well and what has not worked well. Extensive interviews were conducted with expert individuals to validate the findings and offer critical perspectives. Importantly, the findings do not point toward a single scheme that has already delivered such an extensive retrofit programme. The Executive Summary report (below) examines the actions needed to support an ambitious programme of domestic energy retrofits.

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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