Orbit has worked in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) to outline how government and the housing sector can work together to tackle climate change.
Housing is a vital part of this challenge because 14 per cent of emissions come directly from energy used in building our homes and living in them and more still is affected by our housing decisions.
Tackling draughty housing also has other benefits. Cold homes cause ill health, so homes that are warmer and less costly to heat are healthier. Poor housing, including cold homes, is estimated to cost the NHS £2.5 billion annually in extra treatment.
For the UK, decarbonising the housing stock is a crucial element in our national effort and one in which the country’s social landlords have a fundamental role to play. To succeed, we need the right technological solutions, financing options and a robust policy framework to be in place.
In this joint briefing we re-establish the case for urgent action, reviewing what’s been achieved and setting out what still needs to be done.