High Rise Hope

The social implications of upgrading the energy efficiency of large estates

Edward Woods Estate

In 2012 ROCKWOOL partnered with the London School of Economic (LSE) on a path-breaking investigation into the social impact of whole-building energy efficiency refurbishments in tower blocks. 

LSE researchers interviewed residents of the Edward Woods estate in west London between 2011 and 2014 during and after renovation works, which included a major energy efficiency upgrade with residents in situ. Their research highlights lessons learned and analyses the social and community impact of transforming a 1960s local authority housing estate through an ambitious retrofitting programme. 

The project provides many invaluable lessons for large-scale energy efficiency schemes showing how energy saving can help take millions of people out of fuel poverty, improve the quality of life and conditions in individual homes and wider estates and neighbourhoods, and make people feel proud of improvements to their area. 

Among the most significant lessons learned from the project was the importance of communication with residents, with both reports recommending regular community updates to ensure tenants feel part and informed of improvement works. 

High Rise Hope captures the preliminary research findings. The LSE team returned to the estate when all the work was complete and High Rise Hope Revisited presents their final analysis.


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Edward Woods Estate

High Rise Hope Revisited

In 2012 the London School for Economics and ROCKWOOL published High Rise Hope, a path-breaking investigation into the social impact of whole building energy efficiency refurbishments in residential tower blocks.