Healthy Homes, Healthy Lives

Healthy Homes™, Healthy Lives: will design fair and affordable, person-centred financial products for homeowners 55 and over. Helping unlock their asset wealth and make their homes more age-friendly, including energy retrofit, access to renewables, smart technologies for energy monitoring and assistive technologies.



Lead Organisation

London Rebuilding Society Ltd




Design for Age friendly homes

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About the project

Healthy Homes, Healthy Lives (HHHL) focusses on older homeowners living in homes in disrepair wanting to ‘stay put’ in an age friendly home, living longer healthier, happier lives. HHHL offers a diverse group of older low income homeowners access to home improvements, retrofit, renewables adaptations, energy monitoring, in-home smart technology, increased confidence and self-esteem, more connection with families, friends, and community, better financial security through increased value of the home, all hitherto out of their reach.

Delivering its Home Improvement Scheme for 15 years, LRS identified additional classes of customers with unmet needs. In homes not fit for purpose, and needing repair and improvement our customers seek better, more flexible use of space, options to create two living areas, to share with family or lodgers, and anticipating future care needs at home.

HHHL is a collaboration of proven practitioners and experts in addition to LRS, best placed to test and refine the project, reach sustainability and scale:

  • VRM Technology — integrated construction and energy monitoring platform
  • BHESCO — energy advice, surveys, retrofit and renewables
  • Key Group — £15m to test funding Smart Green Home Improvements
  • JUST Group — developing a new domiciliary care product.

The wider partnership includes: a lodger matching service, inclusive design; debt advice, retirement, and mortgage advice; social investment, actuarial refinement of products

Five products will be tested either by LRS, Key/m2l or JUST:

  • Smart Green Home Improvement Scheme
  • Space for Lodgers
  • Creating space for care in the home
  • Splitting homes
  • Finance for domiciliary care.

LRS provides a trusted support service, working alongside them, families and friends, to design their new home, enabled by a range of fair affordable financial products designed to achieve individual aspirations using a unique post works loan to value calculation.

Customers have a dedicated client relationship manager (CRM). LRS’ surveying team oversees and manages all matters relating to works standing between the customer and the contractor. A new integrated construction and home energy monitoring system supports the team, and customers. Customers seeking lodgers can access coaching, advice, and a matching service to ensure compatibility.

HHHL will operate initially in London and Brighton and then expanding across the country.

LSE will carry out surveys and interviews with customers to better understand the challenges faced by populations in terms of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical and mental health issues. Annual social impact evaluations will lead to better products and services addressing inequalities.


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