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Social housing decarbonisation refers to the process of reducing or eliminating carbon emissions associated with housing units which are designated as social or affordable housing. As part of its Climate Change Strategy, the Council has committed to achieving a minimum EPC band C for all council homes by 2030.


The initiative addresses the environmental impact of residential buildings within the social housing sector by aiming to make them more energy-efficient and sustainable. Decarbonisation methods can involve implementing a range of measures, such as improving insulation, upgrading heating systems to more energy-efficient alternatives, promoting renewable energy sources, and adopting technologies that minimise carbon emissions. Through decarbonisation, the Council can make social housing more environmentally friendly, enhance living conditions, reduce energy costs for residents, and contribute to wider efforts in combatting climate change by lowering the carbon footprint of the housing sector.

As part of its Climate Change Strategy, the Council has committed to achieving a minimum EPC band C for all council homes by 2030. An EPC is a certificate that rates the energy efficiency of a property on a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). EPCs are required when a domestic property is built, sold, or rented.

SBC Climate Change Strategy has identified homes as one of the key themes of the action plan. Priorities outlined in this regard include providing energy efficient housing (including retrofitting of current council housing stock), planning policy for zero carbon homes, and exploring opportunities for renewable technologies across HRA buildings.

According to the UK Government Heat and Buildings Strategy (2021), “to meet net zero virtually all heat in buildings will need to be decarbonised”, totally moving away from using fossil fuels. In this context, the Government has committed to phase out the installation of new natural gas boilers from 2035 and to fully decarbonise the electricity grid by that year.

The Council has been delivering projects under UK central government funded and co-funded actions to decarbonise its current social housing stock such as the Local Authority Delivery (LAD) and the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.

Stevenage Borough Council is undertaking a programme of major refurbishing work across their social housing which includes energy efficiency measures such as insulation (Loft, Cavity & EWI), energy efficient lighting, windows and doors. The town-wide programme of work will be carried out over five years. To find out more please visit Current Major Works (

For further information regarding social housing decarbonisation funding, please see the tasks section below.

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What's left to do?

  • Todo30/11/2024

    Bid for Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund - Wave 3

    Draft guidance has been published for this but no set date on when the bidding period will be released yet.

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What has been done?

  • Done31/12/2023

    Social Housing Decarbonisation Funding - Wave 1

    Upgrade social housing properties currently below Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to above the C rating to help cutting fuel bills for social housing tenants as well as delivering warm homes and reducing carbon emissions. SBC had successfully secured funding to improve the EPC rating of around 200 social homes.

    This includes fitting, if required, wall insulation, loft insulation, double glazing, energy efficient lighting and solar panels. Find out more at Social Housing Decarbonisation Funding (SHDF) (

  • Done31/03/2023

    Bid for Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund - Wave 2

    The second round of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund will launch in the next financial year.

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Information updated 10/07/2024

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