The Global Empty Homes Network held an online event on the links between empty homes and the climate crisis during the COP26 climate conference, as part o the Climate Fringe programme.

‘Climate crisis, the global property bubble and vacant homes’ was streamed live to Action on Empty Homes’ Facebook and YouTube channels from 16:00-17:00, Monday 8 November.

The discussion was facilitated by Action on Empty Homes’ director, Will McMahon, and featured presentations from Samuel Stein (Community Service Society New York), Myriam Godoy (Observatorio del Derecho a la Ciudad, Buenos Aires), Andy Moseley (Scottish Empty Homes Partnership) and Jesper Ole Jensen (Aalborg University, Denmark).

Samuel explored the links between mobile capital, vacancy and the climate crisis, while Myriam discussed how a case of speculative luxury housebuilding is negatively affecting ecologically rich publicly owned wetlands. Andy and Jesper presented case studies from Scotland and Denmark respectively, encouraging us to consider what a more sustainable use of the built environment and the embodied carbon it represents might look like, with circular economy principles and retrofit front and centre.

This is the Global Empty Homes Network’s second event, following Cities, Mobile Capital and Housing Vacancy in September. Action on Empty Homes also held a UK-focused event on the Retrofit Revolution on 11 November, in collaboration with Architects Climate Action Network, the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership and the Welsh School of Architecture, also as part of the COP26 Climate Fringe Programme.

YOU CAN WATCH PLAYBACK OF THE Global Empty Homes Network Event here on: YouTube

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