Sustainable innovation

Sustainable innovation - Heaton Avenue in Havering

Reducing carbon emissions and cutting heating costs for people who live in older homes is a major challenge for the UK housing industry, with more than a quarter of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions created by households.

One of the biggest impacts we have on the environment is our homes, so as a major landlord, we have a big role to play in reducing our environmental impact.

East Thames has done a lot to ensure the new homes we build are more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable. But it’s not so easy or affordable with older homes, especially street properties which were often built more than 100 years ago.

Here are some the projects we’re undertaking to look at how we can reduce the impact our housing portfolio has on the environment. 

Greener Homes for Redbridge

Greener Homes for Redbridge is an innovative refurbishment project, bringing older houses into the 21st Century with a range of environmental technologies. In the process we’re providing much needed family homes in the area and significantly reducing energy bills for these families.

Find out more by visiting our project page.

Retrofit for the Future

Retrofit for the Future is a project run by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to help kit out more of Britain’s social housing with improvements that reduce CO2 emissions. As part of this project, the TSB has given us funding to retrofit three older, inefficient East Thames properties with new technologies that will save energy, cut carbon emissions and cost residents much less to run.

The three properties, located in Beckton, Ilford and Tower Hamlets will receive improvements that cut emissions by at least 80%, such as intuitive heating and fabric insulation materials that have previously been used in space shuttles.

Once the refurbishments are complete and monitoring has been carried out, the results will be used to find out how similar technologies can be used in housing throughout the UK to meet overall government targets on carbon reduction.

This project is encouraging us to look at all the changes that can be made in a home and to do the works in a cost effective way. This approach has bought about some great ideas and we’re hoping to share some of this good practice as the project continues.

See the project video below and how the work unfolded in our contractor blog.