Sustenic supporting the ‘Hitting Hard’ project

Sustenic is excited to be working with Scarborough Borough Council and Richmondshire District Council on ‘Hitting Hard’ – a project looking at the challenges faced when retrofitting the hard to decarbonise housing stock as part of the drive towards net zero. This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

Sustenic will be producing an action plan focusing on two property types in particular – Victorian brick terraces and rural stone-built properties. These two archetypes face challenges that mean they may be more difficult and more expensive to retrofit than their more modern equivalents. The action plan will look at what measures are appropriate for such dwellings, what barriers might exist and how they could be overcome, and how retrofit costs may differ for these dwelling types. Sustenic will draw upon its Local Government Services modelling capabilities to leverage local datasets to describe the housing stock in the two areas as well as looking at what improvements might be needed and where the concentrations of the dwellings of interest are located.

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The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.   For more information, visit