Climate change group

Dedicated to improving sustainability and reducing carbon emissions across the housing sector

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Climate change, driven by man-made global warming, represents one of the greatest threats our species has ever faced.

According to the UN:

“Climate Change is the defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment. From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Without drastic action today, adapting to these impacts in the future will be more difficult and costly.”

In 2018, the UK’s residential sector was responsible for 18% of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions. Clearly, there is lots of work to be done – not least in social housing.

There are over four million social homes across the UK. The current government has set a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. At least one housing association has set 2030 as their target for net zero. All new homes must be built off the gas grid by 2025. There are huge challenges ahead.

The HQN climate change group focuses on the latest innovations, ideas, technologies and techniques across the sector: retrofitting, building sustainable homes, estate ecology, water management, flood risk, preparing homes for the effects of climate change and renewable energy. 

We intend to build a body of knowledge, prepared with experts in environmentalism, construction and energy production, that can be shared with and applied by our member organisations. Through regional best practice groups, members will be able to meet regularly and discuss the issues they are facing – and the solutions they are applying.

Here at HQN we believe it is essential that the sector acts NOW to tackle climate change. The CC group is part of the main Housing Quality Network, so current members already have access. As well as all of the features of the main network, the CC group offers:

  • Free to attend best practice workshops and roundtable events with other housing organisations
  • Innovation days with leading technology companies
  • Networking opportunities with fellow housing professionals
  • Briefings, research, opinion, podcasts and videos
  • Dedicated climate change forum on the HQN website.

If you would like to contribute or facilitate one of our best practice groups, please get in touch.

For more information, please contact or call 07525 700655.

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xlsx Current Renewable Heat Incentive deployment data: May 2016 (DECC) Monthly statistics for the RHI programme present the number of applications and accredited installations on the non-domestic and domestic schemes so far. It includes the number of accreditations by Local Authority. File size: 248KB Published Date: 23/06/2016 Download
pdf Current Selecting low energy lighting (NHBC Foundation) This practical guide for house builders and designers is an introduction to the selection of low energy lamps. It compares the categories of low energy lamps and sets out the considerations important in the selection of LED lamps. Also includes recommendations for lighting levels for different rooms in the home. File size: 2MB Published Date: 10/05/2016 Download
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