A report released recently by the Green Alliance, an independent charity and think tank highlights the risks associated with poorly maintained homes and infrastructure. The report examines how many tower blocks suffer from decay, maintenance challenges, fractured communities and poor quality communal and green spaces. As a result they are often incredibly energy inefficient structures that result in residents paying disproportionately high energy bills.
Given that tower block residents often live on lower incomes and that energy prices keep rising, this is an issue that local authorities and housing associations are finding harder to ignore. The report identifies the conditions for planning successful tower block retrofits, based on interviews and workshops with a range of experienced stakeholders. It concludes that despite the current funding context, local authorities and housing associations can achieve significant improvements.