Land and buildings involve an array of actors, each with some partial "ownership" of the issue of climate change mitigation. For example, one individual or organisation may finance the project, another may own the property, another may manage the property and yet another may occupy the property. The same may be said for land ownership. The energy savings from low carbon measures may reduce the bills of the occupants, but not the expenses of the property owner. The property owner may see a long-range opportunity if the value of that property is improved by making it more energy efficient (perhaps leading to higher letting rates), but it is the occupant who will experience any initial inconvenience during a retrofit. Hence, these actors
will have different motives and feelings of responsibility to different aspects of the project. Mapping out this ownership chain, and understanding these motives and responsibilities, is crucial to the sucess of complex projects. It is also important to develop a sense of the repair, replacement and new capital investment cycles within this chain so large projects can fit within these cycles and draw on the opportunities they present.
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In this section of the website, we generally provide both links to, and summaries of, organisations that affect some sector of a project in the UK. However, for the particular issue of ownership chains, each project is bespoke and the organisations and individuals involved will vary significantly. Hence, we cannot point you to generic, trade or over-arching organisations you might consult. It is all down to footwork and connections.