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In mid-June, government announced the likely timeline for submissions for funding via Wave 2 of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF). The official guidance notes that the competition window is likely to open in late August / early September 2022, but that applicants are encouraged to begin preparing their applications now.

With this in mind, SBS has published a new downloadable guide (PDF format) that explains the timescales and funding criteria for SHDF Wave 2. The 8-page booklet offers advice on how social housing providers, energy hubs and other bodies can maximise their bid scores and their subsequent project impacts.

You can download your free copy here.

“The point of the booklet is to help clients to prepare better submissions; bids that are realistic and that meet the SHDF funding criteria,” explains SBS Director, Gary Lawson. “The advice draws on our considerable experience of delivering PAS-compliant schemes through all the retrofit funding mechanisms currently in operation: SHDF, HUG and multiple phases of LAD and the Energy Company Obligation.

“Although the booklet focuses on SHDF Wave 2, which is worth £700m, most of the guidance on successful bidding, project co-ordination and delivery apply equally to other current funding streams.”

The guide contents include:

  • Eligibility for funding
  • The move to larger-scale projects (at least 100 social homes per project)
  • Timescales for bidding and delivery
  • How to maximise bid scores
  • End-to-end retrofit project management
  • Costings and documentation
  • Mobilisation, March 2023
  • Key scheme requirements
  • Blended funding / mixed tenures
  • Funding rules for owner-occupiers: low income / able to pay
  • Next steps

For more details about preparing decarbonation retrofit bids, or if you require a delivery partner for your decarbonation and energy efficiency projects, please contact our experts to discuss your SHDF Wave 2 / LAD 3 / ECO 4 / HUG projects on 01695 553 920 or email

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