This Social Housing Tenants’ Climate Jury Self-Assessment Retrofit Checklist is a practical way to make sure organisations’ sustainability programmes meet the needs of tenants and communities. It offers real life examples of how recommendations from the award-winning Social Housing Tenants’ Climate Jury can be put into practice. Further details on the checklist can be found on the next page of this document. There are huge challenges and opportunities ahead for Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) members and the wider social housing sector, there are around 7 million homes across the North – and they’re contributing to climate change. In fact, one-quarter of the North’s emissions are attributable to our homes.

Over half the North’s homes – almost 4 million – will require energy efficiency upgrades within the next 10 years. These upgrades are needed to get homes to the key Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) C energy efficiency benchmark, making them clean energy ready. But EPC C is just a first step to delivering net zero.

It’s clear – the UK can’t meet its net zero target without upgrading the North’s existing homes.

But the good news is the North’s social housing sector is leading the way, delivering green home upgrades, delivering positive social and climate outcomes to ensure all residents can live in a warm, sustainable home. It is essential residents have a say so that their homes are refurbished according to their needs and aspirations.