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Phase 1 Projects

In the first phase of the arbed programme, was delivered by Registered Social Landlords (RSL’s) in Wales’ Regeneration Areas.

Social housing providers were funded to deliver domestic energy performance projects which:

  • achieved the aims of the programme;
  • demonstrated value-for-money and included non-arbed funding;
  • supported fuel-poor / low-income households, especially social housing;
  • focused on deprived communities within Wales’ regeneration areas;
  • took a community or street-by-street approach wherever possible to support social cohesion and achieve economies of scale;
  • funded energy efficiency measures which are most appropriate to properties;
  • targeted the most energy inefficient homes and/or beyond the energy efficiency standards set out in the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS); 
  • worked with partners to reduce the impact on households and maximise private household involvement; and 
  • demonstrated plans for delivering economic benefits including the use of the Can Do Toolkit.

Visit: Can Do Toolkit (external link)

A monitoring and evaluation assessment of phase one was carried out by the Eco Centre Wales which is attached. This document gives householder feedback and satisfaction on the measures installed into properties and looks at what lessons can be learnt from this first phase of the programme.
An initial internal review of the project was also carried out, including feedback on lessons learnt from the RSL’s delivering phase one projects. Both documents are available.

During phase one of the arbed programme, there was close working with each social housing provider to assess and enhance their proposed projects against our selection criteria.

This involved:

  • mapping, clustering and assessing proposed housing stock;
  • modelling proposed energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technologies;
  • assessing deliverability, proposed costs and value-for-money;
  • ensuring that each regeneration area has at least one project; and 
  • ensuring that, across the Regeneration Areas, there is a mix of social, environmental and economic outcomes, of different measures and technologies, and of households in the social and private sector.

The following social housing propviders were involved in arbed phase one projects:

  • Blaenau Gwent Council;
  • Bronafon Community Housing;
  • Cardiff City Council;
  • Carmarthenshire County Council;
  • Cartrefi Conwy;
  • Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd;
  • Charter Housing Association;
  • Coastal Housing Group;
  • Cymdeithas Tai Eryri;
  • Cynon Taf Community Housing;
  • Family Housing Association;
  • Flintshire County Council;
  • Grwp Gwalia;
  • Linc Cymru;
  • Melin Homes;
  • Merthyr Valley Homes;
  • Newport City Council;
  • Newydd Housing Association;
  • North Wales Housing Association;
  • Pennaf Housing Group;
  • RCT Homes;
  • Rhondda Housing Association;
  • Swansea Council;
  • Tai Ceredigion; 
  • United Welsh;
  • Valleys to Coast Housing; and 
  • Wales & West Housing Association.

Budget and deadlines

The first phase of the arbed programme brought significant additional investment into Wales beyond its £36.6m budget. This was done by aligning funding with:

  • the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS);
  • the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP);
  • the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT); and 
  • the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP).

Funding leveraged in an additional £32m from RSL’s and energy companies.

The projects cost varied from around £250k to around £2.7m and covered between 50 to 500 homes.

Measures and technologies across the projects include:

  • solid wall insulation;
  • solar Photo Voltaics (PV);
  • solar thermal;
  • heat-pumps;
  • fuel switching; and
  • more bespoke solutions.