Your Social Housing in a Changing Climate

Your Social Housing in a Changing Climate

Social housing provides secure shelter for millions of people in the UK. The effects of climate change are impacting on that security. Residents are facing overheating, water shortages and flooding. These issues are set to increase. Preparation can help social housing providers reduce some of these effects. This report shows that with a little forethought, most of the adaptive works can be carried out as part of other refurbishment programmes that the social housing sector is already expert at.

There is a significant policy drive to get the sector retrofitting existing homes to make them more energy efficient. Where organisations are able to incorporate these measures into retrofit works they will improve resilience and save money in the long term. Properties will not have to be visited twice. Residents will be disrupted less often.The report focuses on the works undertaken to prepare for our changing climate. In particular to reduce the impacts of overheating, water shortages and flooding. The report details lessons learnt, timings, costings, responses from residents. It will be useful for anyone in the social housing sector who is concerned with the impacts of climate change on their properties.

Given the success of the sector to adapt to a changing world in the past, this is a great opportunity to continue to provide a secure environment for millions of people to live in.

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