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What is the Innovative Housing Retrofit Scheme? European Regional Development Fund

The Innovative Housing Retrofit Scheme is a pilot project to test innovative energy-saving improvements in 25 homes. It will find innovative solutions for challenging properties. Hard to treat houses such as those off the gas grid or with solid walls will be the scheme's focus.

The project will support the development of green skills and installer capacity in the region. This will maximise new economic opportunities for local residents and businesses.

It also helps deliver the West of England Combined Authority’s Climate Emergency Action Plan. It also supports the West of England Recovery Plan to achieve a green recovery following COVID-19.

How is the scheme funded?

The Innovative Housing Retrofit Scheme is part of the Low Carbon Challenge Fund. This is managed by the Combined Authority and funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (£2.1m). The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF.

Established by the European Union, ERDF helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. This is confirmed funding and will be unaffected by the EU transition.

The retrofit market represents a key sector for the West of England Combined Authority. It will play an important role in achieved the target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030…[but] doing so will require a radical overhaul across the region.

Combined Authority Green Jobs and Skills Retrofit Report