Our recently launched Carbon Zero tool has been designed to help social housing landlords improve the carbon performance of their properties and advance their journeys towards NetZero 2050. This cutting-edge software provides a detailed report on a home’s carbon impact and a schedule of the work required to optimise its efficiency potential. Carbon Zero even delivers a breakdown of the time, labour and costs involved with implementing the proposed works.

The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) has primarily been established to help finance the installation of energy performance measures in social housing in England. The £800 million scheme aims to reduce carbon emissions, improve tenants’ health and wellbeing, and tackle fuel property by ensuring social houses achieve a minimum EPC rating of C by 2035. As well as providing landlords with a route map to improve the energy efficiency of their portfolio, the Carbon Zero schedule can also be used to support applications for essential funding.

Wave 2 of the SHDF is scheduled to open in autumn 2022, and Carbon Zero can be used to support and strengthen applications to the fund. The detailed schedules and projections created by our cutting-edge software contain all the data required by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to assess a project’s suitability for funding. Carbon Zero’s system generated reports can significantly reduce the time landlords must invest in completing the funding process. This may encourage more social housing owners to complete fabric-first works on their properties.

As well as validating and streamlining the application process, Carbon Zero can also help to ensure the accuracy of the information within the applications. The software collates and analyses data from several sources, including surveys and maintenance programmes, reducing the potential for errors that could cause delays.

Following the energy efficiency works, Carbon Zero’s plan can be combined with goldeni and SmartHTC to provide the BEIS with evidence that the investment from the SHDF has achieved the desired results. SmartHTC is a low-cost test that provides a definitive measure of the thermal performance of a building. By deploying SmartHTC in properties before and after the work is carried out, it is possible to confirm that the updates have improved the property’s energy use. goldeni can then offer further insights by using discreet sensors to gather data on the internal conditions of the property, including the heat performance, interior air quality and carbon emissions. This data can be used to confirm that the fabric-first works have created the healthier, more sustainable homes that meet the government funding requirements.