Investment in UK affordable housing has considerable ESG benefits and makes an immediate, tangible difference to people’s lives and the communities in which they live.
Affordable housing property is either new, sustainably built to meet energy efficiency standards, or ‘retro-fitted’ to meet net zero 2030 legislation. In addition to the numerous energy benefits, societal and governance benefits which are sometimes not immediately associated with affordable housing, are also considerable are listed below.
- Immediate provision of affordable housing to a local community
- Reducing fuel poverty – providing modern energy efficient homes designed around carbon zero initiatives
- Social value: Every £1 generated by the Housing Association results in £11 of social return
- Social cohesion: Stable housing leads to employment security and social mobility
- Governance: Highly regulated Housing Association sector provides security of tenancy for its residents. Ensuring best legislated standards of property management.
- Investment satisfies 7 UN sustainable development goals
- Goal 1 No Poverty
- Goal 3 Good health and Wellbeing
- Goal 4 Quality Education
- Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy
- Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
- Goal 11 Sustainable cities and Communities
- Goal 12 Climate Action
Impact of typical retrofit
ESG, Carbon Zero and monetary impact per property
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