Energy efficiency improvements in the social housing sector could help boost COVID-19 recovery
Improving the overall level of energy efficiency across the social housing stock could play a very important role in the UK Government’s post-pandemic economic recovery plans, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) believes.
Boosting investment in decarbonising social housing stock could generate thousands of jobs while achieving the government’s aim of reducing carbon emissions, the group has argued.
The briefing by CIH highlighted government projects, such as the £2bn Green Homes Grant and the £50m social housing retrofit programme aimed at improving the performance of buildings, but warned that these alone will not be enough.
Gavin Smart, chief executive of the CIH, said: “We have a duty to do what we can, together with government, to lower our carbon emissions through building new homes and retrofitting our existing housing stock. Not only is this good for the planet but creating more energy efficient housing is good for residents’ health and their finances.
“Creating a greener country is also an excellent way to boost our economy, making sure homes are at the heart of recovery from the pandemic. Together with a coalition of partners and over 60 supporting organisations, we’re calling for a once-in-a-generation investment in social housing.”
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