Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Funding for Eco homes

Funding news - 05/06/2009
“Green Building” Competition Coming To A Close

Expressions of interest to a £10 million initiative aiming to reduce
the environmental impact of social housing must be made by 24 June.

Retrofit for the Future is major competition funded via the Technology
Strategy Board’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI).

SMEs and registered social landlords are asked to come up with
innovative demonstration projects that test and develop the most
effective methods of cutting carbon emissions from homes.

Housing currently accounts for more than a quarter of the UK’s total
carbon emissions. It is thought that up to 80% of the homes that will
be in use by 2050 have already been built, and finding ways to reduce
these properties’ environmental impact will be a key factor in whether
the Government is able to meet its ambitious target of an 80% cut in
carbon emissions by 2050.

Through Retrofit for the Future, up to 50 demonstrator projects will
be funded to explore “whole house design solutions” that will lead to
cuts in energy use and carbon emissions, whilst also providing high
levels of comfort at a reasonable cost.

At the moment, interested organisations can apply for up to £20,000 to
help them carry out a technical feasibility study into a more advanced
retrofit project.

The projects with the most potential at this stage will then be
offered grants worth up to £150,000 to implement carbon reduction
retrofits to either a single property or a small number of
demonstrator houses.

Expressions of interest must be submitted by 24 June – successful
applicants will be given until the end of October to undertake their
feasibility studies. The most impressive projects selected to proceed
to the full retrofit phase will be revealed in November.

For further information about the Retrofit for the Future competition,
visit the Technology Strategy Board website

Source: j4b, 04/06/2009

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