A new task force that aims to help deliver 30,000 net zero social housing units in Greater Manchester by 2038 has met for the first time.
The Greater Manchester Truly Affordable Net Zero Homes (TANZ) Task Force – which brings together industry leaders, experts and stakeholders from local authorities, housing providers, University of Salford, Greater Manchester LEP, developers, Northern Housing Consortium and Homes England, among others – on met for the first time on Friday, November 18.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has pledged a manifesto to deliver 30,000 net zero social housing units in the City Region by 2038 and the task force has been brought together to use their experience and technical expertise to help advance this goal. with a specific focus on ensuring all new developments are net carbon free by 2028.
Net zero-carbon homes will help us deliver growth by creating new jobs, reducing the amount of carbon used to power and heat homes while lowering energy costs for tenants and residents.
At the moment, progress is slow due to constraints around funding and technology, so Greater Manchester is bringing together experts to solve the problems and remove barriers to accelerate the path to net-zero new development.
However, Greater Manchester is the first part of the country to start building net-zero carbon social housing. One Manchester has completed two net zero social rental homes as part of a wider development of 22 low carbon homes. The Salix Homes Greenhaus plan, currently in place, includes 11 net zero social rental homes with expected completion in March 2024.
While the delivery of net zero homes remains challenging and limited to a small number of pioneering developers, Greater Manchester continues with flagship projects to deliver more truly affordable net zero carbon homes in Trafford and Wigan as other parts of Greater Manchester prepare plans.
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “The delivery of net zero carbon housing – particularly those available for social rent – is a vital way of making Greater Manchester a greener and fairer place.
“This is a hugely impactful way to become more energy efficient, not only good for our environment but also reducing the cost of heating and heating homes and now more than ever this is something people are desperately concerned about.
“In addition, investing in the skills development and training needed for new construction methods and modular housing is vital and I will continue to advocate with the government to give us more local powers and investment to do this so that we can lead the way continue to take and build on the existing zero housing projects that are already underway here.
“This Task Force brings together a highly skilled and experienced group of people who will move Greater Manchester forward and deliver the 30,000 net zero carbon social rental homes that are set to make our region greener and fairer.”