Barriers to retrofitting privately owned homes: call for evidence

Closed 2 Dec 2021

Opened 12 Nov 2021

Overview

Privately owned housing is responsible for the largest proportion of household carbon emissions in Lewisham. Many of those homes tend to be older and would benefit from improvements and updates to their insulation and energy efficiency. Retrofitting is described as the act of fitting new systems (windows, heating, insulation, etc.) designed for high energy efficiency and low energy consumption to buildings previously built without them.

This call for evidence aims to explore the principal barriers to retrofitting privately owned homes in Lewisham and consider potential options for overcoming these. It seeks to address the following questions:

  • What are the current experiences of householders in the borough with regards to retrofitting their homes?
  • What are the main issues and barriers for owner occupiers who want to retrofit their homes?
  • What do owner occupiers need in order to overcome these barriers?
  • What are potential options for the Council to support residents with overcoming these barriers?

This survey is intended for home owners with property in the London Borough of Lewisham.

Why your views matter

This home owner engagement project is part of a larger Councillor-initiated project on retrofitting housing stock in Lewisham. Privately owned housing is responsible for the largest proportion of household carbon emissions in the borough. Home owners tend to live in larger and older homes – many of which would benefit from improvements and updates to their insulation and energy efficiency. Whilst this is an area over which the Council has limited leverage, research indicates that residents are concerned about the climate emergency and that they are willing to take action to mitigate its effects. The aim of the project is to explore the principal barriers to retrofit privately owned housing in Lewisham and consider potential options for overcoming these.

What happens next

The evidence gathered from this consultation will feed into a substantial report about retrofitting housing in Lewisham in response to the climate emergency. The report is due to be published by the end of February 2022 and will offer policy recommendations and action points that will be considered by Mayor and Cabinet during 2022.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Lewisham residents

Interests

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Planning
  • Environment
  • Housing and homelessness