LIFE + green roofs
Pram shed green roofs. Photo: Lucy Millson-Watkins

The LIFE+ climate proofing social housing project has delivered packages of low-cost retrofit climate-change adaptation measures across three social-housing estates in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. By targeting social housing estates, the project has helped to reduce these relatively deprived communities’ vulnerability to climate change.

The project has focused on green-infrastructure-based approaches, recognising the potential such measures have for increasing communities’ resilience to climate change whilst also delivering multiple other benefits, including improvements in biodiversity, visual amenity, play provision, local food production and air quality. It shows how green infrastructure techniques can be retrofitted to existing social housing estates, which is vital since new build alone cannot deliver the resilience to climate change that is needed. The techniques used are also applicable to other types of development.

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