It is expected to reduce carbon emissions compared to pre-refurbishment by 80%. It will remain as social housing with two caveats – the tenants will have to agree to take part in the Open House weekends that occur twice a year and UCL’s architecture faculty, who have installed various bits of monitoring kit, have to be allowed access to their equipment.
And, as of yesterday, thankfully, the front garden will be green rather than paved. The contractors were going to put in paving, but I managed to dissuade them. We need more green space not less. Green space extracts carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, it slows up stormwater, it's good for biodiversity and, it this era of rising food prices, it's somewhere to grow food. I'm hoping to find some schoolchildren that will take on the task of designing an environmentally friendly front garden.