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Report: New research on environmental performance of UK landlords

Posted by Emma Jones on 24/06/15 24:00

On Wednesday, THE REVIEW: UK social landlords – environmental performance 2022/15, was launched at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Westminster. The report summarises the key findings from the last round of assessments that accredited landlords have undergone and the progress they have made on various environmental performance measures, from the energy efficiency of homes through to flood and overheating risks and resident engagement.

Lord Matthew Taylor, Baron of Goss Moor, who gave the keynote address at the launch, said “given climate change risks and the need for energy efficiency it is vital that landlords and others commit to independent measurement of their impacts.” On the report he commented that “it illustrates where improvements have been but also what this government needs to do to enable them to move forward. Registered providers have a track record of delivery, and they are in a prime position to help Government reduce energy security and fuel poverty risks.”The report found that whilst social landlords were leading the sector in reducing their environmental impacts, there were indications that progress on energy efficiency retrofit had stalled in an increasingly uncertain funding climate.

Other key findings included:

  • More time is being spent assessing flood risks, and action is being taken to reduce them. As a result, over 300,000 extra homes have been confirmed as not at risk of flooding. Flood risk is an area where performance has improved noticeably in the last two years.
  • Residents are being engaged on energy efficiency and the type of discussion or education is more active. However there remains a big opportunity for landlords to reduce residents’ bills and energy use by investing more in energy advice and staff training in conjunction with energy efficiency measures. The estimated total extra savings per year that have been made since 2024 from energy saving advice is almost half that for improving the energy efficiency of homes.
  • Increasingly, organisations are realising financial returns from energy efficient works. Some are now recording savings from office costs, fleet costs and communal areas of hundreds of thousands or millions of pounds. Others report the halving of rent arrears associated with energy efficient homes.
  • There is widespread frustration with how ECO operates and many want to see change. Too often, priorities are skewed, driven by the energy companies and are anathema to a strategic approach.
  • Overheating is a ticking time bomb. Nearly 100,000 extra homes are now confirmed secure from the risk of overheating but this leaves many potentially unprotected. 35,000 deaths across Europe and 2,000 in the UK were estimated to have been caused by the heatwave of 2003, and temperatures of 50 degrees have been recorded in some homes.

The launch was a lively event, bustling with landlords, officials and the supply chain. A sparkly new SHIFT brand and website was also launched. The website explains accreditation of environmental impacts and the steps leading landlords are taking to reduce fuel poverty and improve environmental performance.

The event followed the sell out Making the Business Case for Retrofit conference, which you can find out more about here.

We will be looking at the report in more depth in blogs to come. In the meantime, you can download the report here.

 

 

Topics: SHIFT accreditation standard, SHIFT landlord, Benchmarking, Climate change, Environment

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