£3m funding pot for social housing heating retro-fit unveiled

Tower thermalHeating installation specialist Ecoliving, part of the Glasgow-based Turner Group, is making £3 million available to support social landlords in the fight against fuel poverty.

The timing of the announcement coincides with the opening to applications of the second round of funding from the £150m Warm Homes Fund later this month and just ahead of the December date that marks the three-year countdown to the 2020 EESSH milestone.

The £3m of funding is designed to strengthen bids to the Warm Homes Fund by keeping the amount per property to a minimum and enabling more properties to be treated.

While also available for new gas boiler installations, Ecoliving is most excited about supporting social housing retro-fit projects with its innovative renewable heating solutions, expertise and experience.

This can also open up an additional revenue stream for the social landlord from the Renewable Heat Incentive and potentially ECO funding.

Ecoliving managing director, Keith Kemsley, said: “This funding is the catalyst that makes heating retro-fit projects affordable for social landlords by leveraging project funding from various additional sources and it brings forward action on fuel poverty and carbon reduction. We are speaking to social landlords with projects identified as well as those needing support to scope projects for a Warm Homes Fund bid before the Round 2 application window closes in February.”