Empty Homes Publications
New Tricks with Old Bricks
How reusing old buildings can cut carbon emissions: This EHA report describes groundbreaking research into the combined embodied (built-in) and operational (in-use) carbon emissions from refurbished compared with new build houses. Using the University of Bath’s Inventory of Carbon and Energy (ICE), it shows that embodied energy is a much larger part of the lifetime carbon cost of housing than has been widely supposed. It also suggests that, even over 30-50 years, refurbishment is at least as good if not better than new build in terms of CO2 emissions. Published with the support of the BSHF.
A Cure for Empty Homes
A guidance booklet for local authorities, has been developed by the Empty Homes Agency and IDeA to outline the 26 different methods local authorities are using to bring empty homes back into use. Other than EDMOs all of these have been used and have achieved tangible results.
Community Action Toolkit
Gives the basic facts about empty property, oultine what councils can do and show what community groups across England have achieved in campaigns to tackle this issue
Chapters 1: How To Campaign
Chapter 2: Empty Homes The Facts
Chapters 3: Every House A Home
Chapter 4: Saving The Countryside
Chapters 5:Community Solutions
Chapter 6: Empty Homes and Low Demand
Chapter 7: Useful Contacts / Resources
Unlocking The Potential of London’s Empty Homes
Report on good practice in London, which includes an empty property charter for councils
Making Residential Conversions Work
Other Useful Publications
Recycling The City – Unlocking The Potential Of Empty Homes
In June 2004 the Building and Social Housing Foundation invited leading experts and practitioners from local communities, national and international NGOs and government agencies to a three-day consultation at St George’s House in Windsor Castle. The participants focused on different strategies to unlock the potential of empty properties to provide affordable homes in areas of housing shortage. All the possible solutions and information derived from the consultation were refined into a comprehensive report.