Scaling Up Better Homes Yorkshire (Update)

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

Introduction

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.

View the full Executive Summary for this extensive project below:

Key documents

Leeds PV case study
(WYCA image, for illustrative purposes only)

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