Urbis has been engaged by the Community Housing Industry Association of NSW to support the community housing sector in their capacity to transition to net zero and continue their decarbonisation journeys. The key projects aim including improving community housing providers’ (CHPs) understanding of how they can feasibly decarbonise their portfolios within the constraints of ownership arrangements and limited budgets, and asses the finance and funding mechanisms and support measures to overcome the feasibility obstacles CHPs face.

New South Wales is currently undergoing the most dynamic phase of energy transition, emissions reductions, and energy efficiency improvements of its’ industrialised history. Public and tenant expectations, regulatory requirements, government commitments, compliance and mandatory reporting, conditions of properties, and funding and finance mechanisms, all place pressures and stresses onto the community housing industry and the CHPs. 

We are excited by this great opportunity to work on such a meaningful and impactful project – supporting CHIA NSW and their community housing members with decarbonisation guidance, funding and finance options, policy and regulatory review, and identifying the wider community and social benefits of the decarbonisation of this sector. 

Brenton Reynolds

Social housing and Community Housing Providers despite their unique challenges, are not exempt to this energy transition. They do and will play a major role in ensuring vulnerable and lower-income households receive the improved health, well-being, livability, and financial benefits that decarbonisation can achieve. Decarbonising the more than 150,000 social housing dwellings in NSW will be integral to achieving government net zero targets and has the potential to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable and lower-income households.

Scope of services

Urbis is providing expert guidance to assist the community housing providers in achieving cost-effective decabronisation interventions, specifically tailored to the challenges and constraints in which they face across technical, economic, funding, sequencing, maintenance and delivery models.

A selection of the key services that Urbis will provide include:

  • Technical interventions and carbon reduction and emissions modelling
  • Cost estimations, funding and finance options, delivery models
  • Policy and regulatory settings review
  • Engagement with CHPs through workshops
  • Dissemination of project findings