Hundreds of homes to become more energy efficient thanks to £2.845m SHDF award

Person carrying large roll of loft insulation on shoulder

Hundreds of Gentoo homes across Sunderland are set to be made more energy efficient after Gentoo was awarded £2.845 million from the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Wave 2.2 Fund (SHDF).

More than 700 homes will benefit from energy efficiency upgrades including improved loft and cavity wall insulation, low energy lighting and improved ventilation measures as part of a co-funded £5.690 million project that will be delivered across 2024/25 and 2025/26.

We submitted a successful bid for funding in Wave 2.2 of the Fund, which will see more than £75million allocated for energy efficient upgrades in thousands of social homes nationwide.

Marc Edwards, Director of Asset & Sustainability, said: “We are delighted to have received notification that our SHDF Wave 2.2 funding bid was successful as this will make a real difference for our customers and builds on the great project Gentoo delivered as part of the SHDF Wave 1 programme.

“This funding will help us accelerate energy improvements to 700 homes and will help our customers with the current energy crisis.”

Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, said: “Housing associations play a crucial role in helping the country to meet its net zero targets and are already leading the way on energy efficiency, but funding is essential for maintaining this work.

“The funding announced today will give housing associations the certainty and confidence they need to plan and deliver more retrofit projects, tackle fuel poverty, and improve their residents’ homes.”

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