Could housing associations do more to adapt to climate change?

"The Lime House" by Peter White licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

“The Lime House” by Peter White licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

A student research project supported by JBA Trust reveals that whilst housing associations are committed to the climate change mitigation agenda, specifically in relation to energy efficiency, there is much less of a focus on adapting to future climate change.

Despite excellent climate change awareness, the approach of housing associations remains a “wait and see” tactic; essentially climate related events are generally not considered to be frequent or severe enough to build into asset management planning and there is a lack of confidence in scientific projections.

The research was undertaken by a University of Leeds MSc student, Lucy Davidson, who worked with JBA Consulting during a ten week placement.

Sustainable Homes, the Adaptation Sub-Committee to the Committee on Climate Change, Rance Booth Smith Architects and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation helped oversee and contributed to the research and we are extremely grateful to them for their involvement

More detail about this project can be found here.