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Zero Carbon Housing Performance Hub in Wales takes a step forward


Zero Carbon Housing Performance Hub in Wales takes a step forward

North Wales housing association, ClwydAlyn, has secured funding from Welsh Government to explore the potential to establish a Zero Carbon Housing Performance Hub in Wales.

The funding, from the 2020 round of Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme, will enable ClwydAlyn to develop a scoping study for the Hub that sets out the business case, including timescales, resources and investment needed and how it would link to other zero carbon initiatives.

If the Hub is then successful in securing funding, it will play an important role in supporting the housing sector in Wales to meet low carbon and net zero targets for homes by 2050, the national target set by the Government for achieving a carbon neutral economy.

It aims to provide housing associations with an independent way of assessing their progress against these targets, as well as sharing knowledge, advice and best practice and improve quality and performance methodologies to ensure that low carbon technologies achieve the performance they set out to.

It will initially focus on new home developments but aims to expand into retrofitting of existing homes as it develops.

Craig Sparrow, Executive Director of Development at ClwydAlyn, said: “ClwydAlyn is committed to developing high quality affordable homes to meet local needs across North Wales. As part of our mission to beat poverty, ensuring that homes are built to the highest environmental standards that tenants can afford to heat well continues to be a key priority, as well as enabling us to play our part in meeting challenging national low carbon targets. The Hub will be really important in facilitating collaboration, sharing good practice and testing and reviewing the performance of different technologies and approaches, and this is a great step forward for the sector in achieving a low carbon future.”

The scoping study for this groundbreaking project will be carried out by the Good Homes Alliance in collaboration with Woodknowledge Wales and the Sustainable Development Foundation.

Julian Brooks, Programmes Director Good Homes Alliance, added: “The Good Homes Alliance is working with leading housing clients to develop Net Zero Homes Now. A Welsh Zero Carbon Housing Performance Hub, built on collaboration with organisations across the country, would help to scale‐up this approach so that the whole sector can deliver net zero new homes by 2050 or before.”

A project steering group will be appointed drawing upon stakeholders based in Wales and interested parties can email julian@goodhomes.org.uk to find out more.

The scoping study will commence in December 2020 and completed and launched in Spring 2021.

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