An estimated 75 to 80 per cent of the current housing stock in the UK will exist in 2050. There is growing recognition that extensive retrofit programmes are urgently needed to achieve significant long-term energy and carbon savings while simultaneously alleviating energy vulnerability and fuel poverty. Social housing providers are at the forefront of innovation in domestic energy efficiency due to their role as owners and managers of large stocks of housing. And they are coping with an increasing number of social housing tenants in fuel poverty. To date, little research has been conducted on activities by social housing providers to develop partnerships with energy efficiency experts, local authorities, builders, and occupants to create community‐based domestic retrofit programmes.
Hence the need for the new CHARISMA project, undertaken by CURE’s Andrew Karvonen, Saska Petrova and Jenni Viitanen. The project aims to provide insights into the manner in which social housing providers are developing innovative approaches to retrofit in Greater Manchester so as to meet the interlinked aims of energy and carbon savings, occupant comfort and fuel poverty. CHARISMA is funded by the University of Manchester’s Faculty of Humanities Strategic Investment Research Fund.
We will be regularly publishing updates on the project as it progresses over the next 6 months. Watch this space!