Climate Crisis/Housing Crisis Policy Workshop


Climate Crisis/Housing Crisis Policy Workshop

Policy workshop:
A Climate Crisis and a Housing Crisis
What can social landlords do to help?

29th October 2019, LSE

An outline programme for the event is available here: Climate Crisis/Housing Crisis Programme

School children across the planet have given a wake-up call to their parents and grandparents about their unpredictable future as a result of accelerating climate-change with catastrophic consequences for life on our planet, “our common home”.

The government has declared a climate emergency and many local authorities are taking action. Now social landlords must also act. It is easy to forget that 50% of greenhouse gases come from what we build and have already built. Buildings are driving climate change: rising sea levels; melting polar ice caps and glaciers; rising temperatures; increasing drought and flooding; critical loss of bio-diversity; destruction of tree cover and top soil.

What has this to do with social housing? And how can social landlords help in such a crisis when we are short of a million low cost homes?

There are four key things social landlords need to do

First, sustainable building materials and methods make a huge difference. Concrete and steel have by far the highest embodied energy and have a dramatic impact on carbon emissions and climate change. There are now many lower carbon alternatives

Secondly, we need to cut waste. A third of building materials are sent to landfill. About 40% of new land is swallowed by tarmac for car use, wasting space and accelerating changes to our natural environment

Three, refurbish properties that might otherwise be up for demolition. The highest “passivhaus” energy standards are possible through retrofit and cheaper than demolition and rebuilding. Demolition directly destroys large amounts of embodied carbon and creates large amounts of particulate pollution. There are many examples of estates, blocks and houses where upgrading transforms energy use, fuel poverty, repair, and the value of the property

Four, social housing areas contain many open spaces, gardens and play areas providing valuable “carbon sinks”. Growing vegetables, fruit, flowers, bushes and trees not only help combat climate change, but can also help residents value nature and the environment, therefore protecting the plant.

LSE is organising a one day workshop on the 29th October to present pioneering examples of what social landlords and councils are doing; what actions are most practical; how they can be funded; and how we can “green” local environments.

Climate change is our planet’s biggest challenge and threat. We want to showcase what social landlords can contribute to combating climate change, while helping the lowest income communities survive and thrive. Please come to this important workshop to share your knowledge and innovative ideas, and contribute to the vital debates. It is essential that we share and learn from others so we can most effectively work towards reducing the impact of our built environment.

To book or for more information, please contact Ellie Benton on or 020 7107 5470. 


  • £125 per participant, £95 for a second or further participants
  • £75 per participant for smaller housing organisations (under 5000 units), £50 for a second or further participants
  • £50 for tenants

Please contact us if you cannot manage the full participation cost. We have a small fund for this purpose. 

The Housing Plus Academy aims to reflect the diversity of social housing, its staff, tenants and customers, because we believe that diversity gives us access to better ideas, innovation, and solutions. We provide an environment in which everyone feels welcome and encourage people of all ethnicities, genders, age, youth, and abilities to join our events. We welcome staff and tenants from a wide variety of social landlords and community based organisations. 


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