More than half of Midlands homes will need to be upgraded to meet climate change targets set by the Government, a major report has claimed.
Up to 1.3 million of the region's 2.3 million homes will need to be transformed to meet Government commitments on Climate Change and new-build housing by 2016, according to the Sustainable Housing Action Plan (SHAP) report.
The report, which sets out the challenges of meeting Government targets, suggests the region will need to improve 10,000 homes a year by 2011 to a 'basic' low carbon standard, rising to 80,000 by 2016.
Between 800,000 and 1.3 million properties will need to be upgraded - 60 per cent of all Midland homes, the report claims.
The report suggests this could help to eliminate fuel poverty, and create or secure 15,000 jobs, injecting £1 billion annually into the local economy.
John Sharpe, chief executive of Sustainability West Midlands, who commissioned the report, said: "The Midlands faces a huge challenge in meeting growing housing need and targets on climate change.
"This report sets out the framework in which the region can rise to the challenge and perhaps even lead this agenda nationally. We need everyone from estate agents to community groups on board with the concept of low and zero carbon housing."
Alan Yates, SHAP chairman and director of regeneration for the Matrix Housing Partner-ship, led by Accord Housing Association, said: "The social housing sector has led the way in creating low carbon housing."