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Greener buildings

The Council is developing new sustainable buildings and retrofitting old buildings to reduce the demand for energy, heat and water and adapt to a changing climate. It is also improving the energy efficiency of Council housing and corporate property stock to help reduce carbon emissions:

Helping residents retrofit their home

Housing accounts for 50 per cent of local carbon emissions in Waltham Forest. In 2021 the Council secured an additional £1.7m from Government to retrofit 200 homes.

The Council is hosting a range of open days and engagement events at our showcase Eco Home – a Victorian four-bedroom property transformed by green technology – for residents whose circumstances allow who want to make home improvements that are energy efficient. Book a ticket for one of our free open days.

Energy Saving Trust and Carbon Trust are other sources of information on the types of measures which may be suitable. Listed building consent or other planning approvals may be required for some energy efficiency works and renewable installations. Visit our planning and building webpages for more information.

Decarbonising public buildings

The Council secured £2.2m through the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to retrofit 12 public buildings, including landmark outdoor education centre, The Suntrap Centre, in Epping Forest.  In addition, the retrofit of the historic EMD Cinema/Granada Theatre will include air source heat pumps and solar panels funded through the Mayor’s Energy Efficiency Fund and Carbon Offset Fund.