This policy briefing was produced by University College London with input from London Tenants Federation. It summarises the main factors involved when deciding whether to refurbish or demolish social housing, including environmental and economic costs and benefits. The briefing discusses:
• evaluating the economic case for refurbishment, including impacts on communities and residents;
• the energy and carbon implications of demolition compared to refurbishment;
• issues around water and waste; and
• social factors in housing and regeneration, including health and community participation.