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Sustainable Buildings: the challenge of the existing stock

LSE Housing at LSE hosts the launch of a new report by the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) with a seminar on Sustainable Buildings: the challenge of the existing stock on Friday 21 July.

The findings of the report, 'Stock Take': delivering improvements in existing housing by the SDC published on 21 July, will be explored over the morning, with Professor Anne Power of LSE Housing and SDC commissioner, introducing the report.

Speaking at the event will be:

  • Lizzie Pomeroy, SDC and author of the report, on key findings
  • Neil McDonald, director of housing at the Department for Communities and Local Government, will respond explaining government plans
  • David Ireland, Empty Homes Agency, on rescuing existing homes
  • Gillian Hobbs, Building Research Establishment, on upgrading existing homes - does zero energy mean anything?
  • Joanne Wheeler, WWF-UK, on applying one planet living to existing homes
  • Brenda Boardman, Environmental Change Institute, on What next for the 40% house project?

The report was commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (formerly the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) to examine the potential for significantly improved resource efficiency in existing housing stock, which represents around 99% of the building stock at any one time

The report finds that:

  • Unless we halve energy and waste in existing buildings we cannot deliver on our environmental targets
  • Consumers need clear and consistent signals about policy directions and priorities in order to change behaviour
  • Statutory standards, through regulation with proper enforcement are critical to change
  • Regulations should set minimum standards that are achievable by all, proportional and clearly deliver on policy objectives.

For a PDF of the full report, see http://www.sd-commission.org.uk| - available on Friday 21 July at 9am.

Sustainable Buildings: the challenge of the existing stock is on Friday 21 July at 9am-12.15pm in Room R505, Lionel Robbins Building, London School of Economics, London WC2A.


This event is open to press but places are limited. To reserve a seat, please contact Laura Lane, LSE, on 020 7955 6330 or email l.lane@lse.ac.uk| 


The Sustainable Development Commission is the Government's independent advisory body on sustainable development, reporting to the Prime Minister and the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales. It is led by a board of 19 commissioners, from a mix of academic, scientific, business and NGO backgrounds, chaired by Jonathon Porritt.

LSE Housing is a research and consultancy group within LSE's ESRC Research Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE). The centre aims to develop understanding of the dynamics in disadvantaged neighbourhoods; promote models of housing and neighbourhood management; develop ways to support community and resident self help action, especially in social housing areas; and shape government policy. For more information, see http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/LSEhousing/| 

posted 18 July 2006