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THG collaborates with Orbit Group in sharing retrofit knowledge

Together Housing Group (THG) welcomed Orbit Group to share best practice and knowledge around reducing carbon emissions via retrofit.

Representatives from the housing associations spent the day at THG’s innovative retrofit projects in Halifax as part of their shared commitment to decarbonisation, to discuss learnings, best practice and future ways of working.

During the visit, THG’s Net Zero team shared their expert insight into the rockwool external wall insulation fitted at a block of flats on Shibden Grange Drive, which has been finished with a silicone render for self-cleaning and extra longevity. The group also spoke with a resident about their experiences of living in a gas free home, thanks to the air source heating which has been installed in some of the properties at the site, providing energy efficient methods to heating the homes.

The tour also took in the facilities at Grove Court Retirement Living facility, which included discussions around the large solar PV and battery system compromising 138, 365watt panels which provides green energy to parts of the building such as lifts, lighting and communal spaces.

THG also offered insight into its Net Zero model, which aims to ensure all properties are EPC level C and above by 2030 and to install infrastructure to support 50 megawatts of renewable power by 2035, through the use of innovative technologies and methods including ground source and air source heat pumps, cavity wall insulations and over 2,900 solar PV systems installed across current and new properties.

The collaboration proved a useful opportunity to discuss retrofit approaches, with both organisations moving at pace to retrofit homes at scale.

So far, THG have made retrofitting adjustments to more than 1,200 properties with the support funding from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Wave 1 and 2, the Green Homes Grant and Carbon Booster funding, whilst Orbit has completed fabric first approaches in 210 properties via the Demonstrator and SHDF Wave 1 and is well underway with a further 212 homes under Wave 2.1.

Patrick Berry, Director for Together Net Zero at Together Housing Group said: “It’s always a pleasure to work with fellow professionals in the social housing sector, particularly regarding areas as important as reducing carbon emissions. We were thrilled to be able to showcase our Carbon Reduction Strategy to Orbit who were very forthcoming in sharing their thoughts and expertise on the topic too.

“The visit provided an opportunity to give Orbit a first-hand look at the technologies we use and hear from residents themselves about how retrofitting works can positively impact their lives.

“Together Housing Group and Orbit share a like-minded approach to developing sustainable communities for the future and we’re excited to see how further connections can help us to shape and share knowledge to reach the best outcomes for our residents.”

Phil Andrew, CEO at Orbit Group commented: “At Orbit, we’re committed to providing our customers with warm, energy efficient homes, as well as finding new ways in which we can further our collective journey towards net zero. We believe working in partnership across the sector to share best practice and knowledge plays a key part in enabling us all to achieve this, so we’d like to thank the team at Together Housing Group for the opportunity for us all to share our work and discuss new approaches for the future.”

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