Zero carbon homes: tech we can trust

09 February 2022

On 19 October 2021, the government released their long-awaited Heat and buildings strategy, which sets out how they plan to eliminate virtually all emissions arising from heating, cooling and energy use in our buildings.

Housing associations need to replace the fossil fuel heating appliances in all our homes with clean heat technologies powered by net zero energy sources. Heat pumps powered by a decarbonised electricity grid are likely to be the dominant solution to how we green our homes. During this webinar, we addressed the following questions:

  • What are heat pumps and how do they work?
  • Why have heat pumps emerged as the dominant solution for zero carbon housing?
  • What will the impact be on tenants?
  • Can heat pumps be the answer across a diverse range of housing stock?
  • And are they an affordable solution to achieving zero carbon?


  • Phil Hurley, Chair, Heat Pumps Association (HPA)
  • Jan Rosenow, Principal and European Programme Director, The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)
  • Joy Whinnerah, Development and Investment Director, Broadacres Housing Association


The NHF is undertaking a major programme of work on decarbonisation.

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Rory Hughes, Policy Officer