‘Social housing retrofits for the future’ – a state of the art report

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The industry-leading Greener Futures Partnership released a state of the art report about current challenges and opportunities for energy-efficient retrofits in social housing.

Following COP26, the housing sector faces the dual costs of building safety compliance and net zero carbon implementation, exacerbated by rising energy prices and cost of living. The aim to ‘build back greener’ will require every penny and collective effort. In this context of national and indeed global uncertainty, ‘4P’ (‘public-private-people’) partnerships and innovative finance for place-based retrofits providing promising avenues to deliver economies of scale and multiple co-benefits. More than ever, a holistic, cross-sectoral approach to ‘value’ is needed to make the places we inhabit more attractive, resilient and inclusive.

The stakes, of course, do not only concern the housing sector, but the entire built environment. Investment in social housing retrofits will help the retrofitting market reach greater maturation, and make energy-efficiency measures more affordable for everyone – including the most reluctant asset owners.

The report also investigates what ‘building back greener‘ could look like beyond a focus on carbon only, such as conditions that could foster a more regenerative economy.

The report is freely accessible here.


Park Hill in Sheffield, showing refurbished block (left) and unrefurbished block (right). An iconic example of social housing stock across the UK requiring a deep uplift. Picture credit: by diamond geezer on Flicker.com
The same, but different. Regenerated by Urban Splash, and designed by Hawkins Brown. Picture credit: Wojtek Gurak on Flicker.com.

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