I am writing with an important update about Sustainable Homes and the year ahead.
We were delighted to be recognised as the “Most Innovative Consultant” at the recent 2016 Housing Innovation awards in recognition of the development of SHIFT – the sustainability standard for the housing sector and our leading research.
It was especially satisfying for me as I want you to know that I have accepted a new role as Chief Executive Officer of the Brick Development Association where I will begin in June 2016. I very much appreciate the opportunity to have worked with a great number of very good people that are leading on retrofitting, innovation and providing high quality new build homes.
The year ahead is exciting. Among other projects we are analysing if energy efficiency works to homes improves income for landlords through lower rent arrears and voids. This research, the largest of its kind in the UK, is using data from 25 landlords covering 500,000 homes. The findings will help inform the sector on the financial return from insulation and other measures. We are the sustainability partners for the June CIH conference in Manchester, where this vital research will be launched.
Skills in retrofit is raised as a concern by both the Hansford review of Solid Wall Insulation and the Bonfield review of quality in the built environment. With The Retrofit Academy, Sustainable Homes is announcing the retrofit coordinator course, the first fully accredited retrofit training course. Usefully the course, starting in June 2016, covers ventilation, moisture, energy efficiency and other key issues the sector needs to understand to ensure retrofits leave quality, healthy homes. We are excited to working on this.
We are now managing two Innovate UK projects. One is examining how Big Data can be harnessed to improve decision making and reduce costs for organisations working in housing and construction. The second exciting project, piloted over the last 18 months, has developed an advanced remote monitoring service. This will help landlords and the supply chain confirm retrofit or renewables are delivering the benefits residents and landlords expect. Launching in June 2016, it is years ahead of smart metering.
Our events and training continue to sell out. And of course we still have 2.3 million people housed in properties managed or owned by SHIFT accredited landlords. Our recent independent survey found that 100% of clients recommend accreditation. It is for this reason that we are one of two finalists in the prestigious Ashden awards.
Although Government has not been as favourable toward the environment as it could be there are reasons to think the future is brighter. The up coming carbon budget will need to follow on from the success at the Paris summit and the Government recently committed to enshrining the net zero target into British law.
I am pleased be leaving Sustainable Homes when it is stronger than ever and working with a record number and breath of clients on an ever wider range of services, including research, consultancy and accreditation. Over 12,000 people receive our ebulletins and 15,000 follow on linked in and twitter. The Sustainable Homes team is well set to continue to lead the sector towards a better built environment.
We are grateful for your continued support, and hope you have enjoyed our events, training courses and partner offers. The next SHIFT event will take place on 25th May in Leeds on “The Future of Heat“. Hold the date!
We look forward to continuing our relationship with you in 2016 and working together to continue to improve the built environment and future of the UK. If you would like to discuss anything set out here or just to catch up please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org.
The recruitment process has begun. Do check the vacancy details here for more information.