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As the country basked in unseasonably warm temperatures for February, the sector could perhaps be forgiven for being a bit thankful for the relief it brought rough sleepers and tenants struggling to pay their heating bills.
Yet a nagging sense that something is amiss is difficult to shake, and this balmy weather could act as a precursor for greater challenges to come. A new report from the Committee on Climate Change has found that many UK homes are currently unfit for the issue of rising temperatures and subsequent extreme weather, stating that emissions generated by energy use from UK households has in fact increased between 2016-2017.
The report also states that efforts to adapt UK housing to the consequences of a changing climate – such as higher average temperatures and an increased risk of flooding, water scarcity and violent storms – are also lagging behind schedule, and cost-effective measures to get ahead of such scenarios are not being rolled-out quickly enough.
There is a strong sentiment that climate change and energy efficiency are becoming far too big for the UK and international community to ignore. There is also a recognition of the role housing has to play to ensure emission levels are lowered, while also ensuring homes old and new are resistant to the increasing risk of extreme weather events.
How prepared is your organisation, and what are you doing to tackle these urgent issues?
HQN has produced a survey in which we ask housing providers how ready they are for the challenges ahead. If you can spare five minutes, we would greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete it. All responses will be used for upcoming briefings and research into this critical issue, which will be shared among our members and discussed later this year at the HQN annual conference.
You can take the survey here.