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Preparation

The preparation phase covers all the activities needed to take a project from initial concept to ready for approval, financing and execution. All these steps are required to make an effective application to the SHDF.

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Delivery / post-retrofit

The delivery and post-retrofit phases cover all the activities needed to take your project from concept to reality, including design and installation, and then onto resident handover and long-term maintenance.

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Latest news and updates

Find all the latest news, advice and updates from the SHRA team, including bid guidance, learning opportunities and information on the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.

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Toolkits

Our comprehensive collection of in-depth toolkits provide will guide you through the bid writing journey and help you develop an effective retrofit project. From start to finish, these accessible guides will give you the tools you need to reach your net zero goals.

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5. Handover to residents

When your retrofit project is complete, it is essential that your residents understand how to use any new equipment and what it means for the way i...

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4. Installation

Once you have completed your detailed design and procurement process, you should have a suitably qualified contractor on board for the project and...

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3. Detailed delivery plan

Your detailed delivery plan will help to ensure that you can implement your retrofit project smoothly and successfully.

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2 Detailed design

Once you have carried out the whole dwelling assessment and established the appropriate retrofit measures for the property, then detailed design ca...

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1. Whole building assessment and benchmarking

By this stage of the project, you will have carried out whole stock analysis and will have selected the properties that you wish to retrofit with a...

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9. Monitoring and evaluation strategy

It is essential to monitor homes before and after the retrofit works to understand how well they perform. There can be a significant gap between th...

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8. Understanding PAS2035

PAS 2035 is a new British Standard that creates a recognisable quality standard for the retrofit and energy efficiency sector for housing. All proj...

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7. Identifying planning constraints

Housing providers will be well versed in local planning policy when it comes to new build, but may be less familiar with planning related to retrof...

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6. Procurement strategy

Procurement can feel complex and daunting, but it is also rich with opportunity. A well-run procurement exercise can leave your organisation:...

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