Is the Housing White Paper smart enough?
Ian Napier, CCO, Switchee
Social landlords in the UK manage nearly five million domestic properties, 88 per cent of which were built before 1980. While certain strides have been made to increase the energy efficiency of new-build homes, which are designed fabric-first to meet EPC standards, the majority of social rented stock pre-dates many of these innovations.
Shelter research recently showed that four in every ten homes in the UK do not meet its definition of ‘Living Home Standard’. Meanwhile, NEA research has revealed that four million UK households face restricted life chances because they live in a cold, damp conditions.
When acted upon and understood by asset managers, the analysis of smart data can unlock significant benefits for tenants and landlords, passing on cost savings and making older properties easier to maintain.
This could make existing rental stock more appealing to the market and ensure that living standards for those most vulnerable in society are as high as possible.
From our experience in the social housing sector, combining this approach to refurbishment with the strong new build housebuilding drive outlined in the White Paper will ultimately help make all tenure suitable for decent, comfortable living.
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