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Habitat for Humanity’s Empty Homes Campaign

Submitted by birgit on Tue, 11/16/2021 – 12:45

As part of COP26, The Green Register was excited to contribute to an important event hosted in Glasgow by Habitat for Humanity GB: Towards Net Zero Cities Through Green Retrofit/Renovation of Empty Spaces

This event discussed the urgent need to retrofit our empty properties to sustainable standards so that low income and homeless people can be offered affordable, comfortable and healthy places to live.
A pre-recorded video created by Lucy Pedler, co-director of The Green Register, was shown to a live audience who had the opportunity to debate some of the issues surrounding sustainable upgrading empty properties.

This video complements Habitat for Humanity’s Empty Spaces to Homes Campaign and a jointly written paper by both organisations highlighting the need to scale up retrofit of older properties around the UK.

The Green Register is pleased to welcome speakers from Habitat for Humanity GB to talk about the Campaign at our next free-to-attend Twilight Talk on 13th December: Empty Homes to Cosy Homes – book your free place now.

Lucy Pedler, co-director of The Green Register says “We’re delighted to be working alongside Habitat for Humanity GB to raise awareness of the urgent need to scale up retrofit of older properties around the UK and help push this item up the agenda.”

More about the ‘Empty Spaces to Homes’ Campaign

The ‘Empty Spaces to Homes’ campaign Habitat for Humanity GB have embarked upon has, and is continuing to, draw like-minded organisations from across all sectors, with a common aim of refurbishing empty and underused commercial property to achieve social value in the form of new affordable homes for local vulnerable individuals and groups.

The COP26 event showcased the pilot project in Barking (completed 2019), and the growing programme in East London together with other relevant examples of HFH projects from elsewhere in Europe – the REELIH project, for example, has focus around residential energy efficiency in low income households and seeks to tackle the issues of energy inefficiencies across many countries. The hope is to also connect with more like-minded organisations and garner support around the Coalition aspirations.

We’d love you to join the conversation – find out more about the ‘Empty Spaces to Homes’ Campaign and Coalition here!

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