Novus Property Solutions has played a pivotal role in securing the Wave 2.1 Social Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) for Manningham Housing Association, bringing a substantial £2 million investment to retrofit installations in Bradford. This initiative aims to elevate homes to a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) C rating, benefiting the residents of the Manningham area.

As part of its Sustain service, Novus, a leading decarbonisation, maintenance, and compliance contractor, will collaborate closely with the housing association. The objective is to create healthier homes with reduced energy consumption. Launched in 2021, the Sustain workstream offers a comprehensive one-stop-shop service to aid the housing sector in achieving zero-carbon targets across property portfolios. Novus’ expert team manages the identification, application, and execution of funding agreements like SHDF, as well as the implementation of the necessary works.

The SHDF funding will fund energy efficiency upgrades for 111 properties, encompassing loft top-ups, cavity wall insulation, and solar PV panels to elevate the properties to an EPC Band C rating. Project management is in the hands of Michael Dyson Associates, overseeing retrofit assessment, coordination, and design services on behalf of Manningham.

Novus, celebrating its tenth anniversary as a sole entity in 2023 but with a rich 125-year family history, places people at the center of its operations. This approach is considered invaluable for completing the works in the diverse community of Manningham. The contractor pledges to carry out retrofit works with careful consideration for residents’ cultures and languages, ensuring consistent and open communication throughout the process.

Commenting on the scheme, John Dale, Head of Operations at Novus Property Solutions said: “Novus’ vast experience in the execution of decarbonisation retrofit works, as well as our longstanding reputation for putting people at the heart of everything we do, makes us the ideal contractor to work on Manningham Housing Association’s latest investment into its housing stock.

“We’re delighted to have played a significant role in the successful application for SHDF Wave 2.1 funding, and we look forward to continued collaboration with Manningham Housing Association, Michael Dyson Associates, and the community over the coming months.”

Tom Finch, Head of Property Services at Manningham Housing Association said: “Manningham Housing Association are pleased to be partnering with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Novus and Michael Dyson Associates on this project. The investment of over £2 million into our properties will support our customers by improving the thermal efficiency of their homes and advance the wider drive to net zero across the housing sector”.

Paul Tyrer, Director at Michael Dyson Associates Ltd added: “Michael Dyson Associates Ltd has worked successfully with Manningham Housing Association for many years and we are happy to continue that long-standing relationship on this project. We look forward to bringing our multi-disciplinary retrofit expertise to the project, working collaboratively alongside Novus, Manningham Housing Association and the residents to ensure delivery of the project in line with SHDF funding criteria.”