Report launch: “Lagging Behind – energy efficiency in low viability properties: Thursday 21 October from 10.30 a.m. – Council Room, One Great George Street

Report launch: “Lagging Behind – energy efficiency in low viability properties: Thursday 21 October from 10.30 a.m. – Council Room, One Great George Street

Join us from 10.30 a.m. on Thursday 21 October, in the Council Room, One Great George Street, Westminster, for the launch of our latest report – “Lagging Behind – energy efficiency in low viability properties”

This event will be available to live stream for those unable to attend in person. Livestream Zoom link here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87905626981

The national policy context

“Building back better” risks remaining a vapid if effective slogan if we don’t address the challenge of how we go about retrofitting huge swathes of existing housing stock in left-behind parts of the country where the need isn’t as great a need to ‘build, build, build’ as to ‘improve, renovate and futureproof’ what exists already.

This will mean, in practice, bridging the often significant price differentials between what exists in properties that are otherwise more or less identical in more prosperous and left-behind parts of the country.

The same energy efficiencies demanded by Net Zero targets – external and wall insulation, windows and insulation – will need to be equally undertaken in a two-bed terrace in Barking worth £350,000 as one in Burnley valued at £50,000. And the average cost of upgrading a property to EPC A ratings – upwards of £35,000 – remain the same regardless of property value.

The policy problems are manifold:

  • In properties of low value, private rental landlords are unlikely to have either the rental income or equity to finance upgrades to Net Zero energy efficiency.
  • Homeowners in such areas on low income have no incentive to fund expensive improvements that add no value to the property.
  • So we risk creating within our neighbourhoods a stark local divide between private rented and privately-owned homes, and between those that are upgraded to Net Zero energy and heating standards, and those whose fabric is not upgraded with the prospect of residents facing higher fuel bills and deteriorating fabric.

Event information

Doors will open with copies of the report and refreshments available from 10.00 a.m. The event will commence at 10.30 a.m. and run for one hour.  Refreshments and networking will begin from 10.00 a.m.

Speakers will include:

  • Roz Bulleid, Deputy Policy Director, Green Alliance
  • Cllr David Simmonds MP, Chairman, All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Planning
  • Erin Walsh, Director of Built Environment, Connected Places Catapult

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This event will be available to live stream for those unable to attend in person. Livestream Zoom link here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87905626981

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