A housing association based in North Wales has launched a strategy to decarbonise all of its homes over the next decade, in line with the Welsh government’s 2030 net zero ambition.
Adra will begin the £120m task of retrofitting its entire housing stock in the next three years (picture: Getty)
Adra, which manages roughly 6,300 homes, will begin the £120m task of retrofitting its entire housing stock in the next three years.
With funding from the Welsh government’s Optimised Retrofit Programme, Adra has started its initial pilot to retrofit 50 homes to develop the best approach to retrofitting all of its stock.
While the Welsh government has not confirmed its final target for the decarbonisation of social housing, it has accepted a recommendation that social housing be brought up to the standard of EPC A by 2030.
Adra’s new decarbonisation strategy will see it decarbonise its business activities, alongside its existing and new build housing stock.
Homes will be heated and powered by clean energy sources including solar energy and air source heat pumps, while new builds will be developed to the highest zero carbon Passivhaus standard.
Adra’s development pipeline of 1,200 affordable new homes over the next five years will use modern methods of construction, delivered by local SMEs to reduce its carbon footprint.
The association launched the strategy last week at the virtual Homes UK conference alongside Welsh housing minister Julie James.
Ms James said: “I’m delighted to see Adra’s commitment to addressing our climate emergency and reducing bills for tenants across North Wales.
“This is an exciting time for the housing sector as we work together to deliver more affordable, zero-carbon homes, supporting the Welsh construction industry and creating training opportunities. I look forward to seeing the retrofit and new construction in progress.”
Ffrancon Williams, chief executive of Adra, said: “Never has the importance of a warm, secure and affordable home been more important. We’re taking action on climate change as part of our collective commitment to the well-being of future generations.
“At Adra, we consider lowering energy consumption as being key to helping reduce running costs for our residents and reducing fuel poverty which is at its most striking as we enter the winter months and during this pandemic.
“Adra is well placed to collaborate with many stakeholders. In Gwynedd, there is a strong network of community energy social enterprises and charities we have already started to work in partnership with. We all need to work together to make a difference.”