The very young, the elderly and the seriously ill are particularly at risk when the weather is very hot. In particular, very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.Read More
Sustainable Homes Blog
The domestic funding stream of the government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme has paid out in excess of £20 million in its first year of operation, according to Ofgem.Read More
The Conservative party manifesto pledge was to offer 1 million people the Right to Buy their social housing homes. Government seem committed to this policy. There are significant ramifications for our sector.
Sue Chalkley OBE, chief executive of SHIFT landlord Hastoe Housing Association, has spent some time considering the impact on rural communities. Here we bring you her thoughts on the topic.Read More
Social landlords remain best placed to cut fuel poverty and help the government deliver more energy-efficient homes for the lowest cost.Read More
New homes are being built and retrofitted to meet higher thermal efficiency standard. These include improved air-tightness and fabric insulation, which can increase the risk of overheating if steps are not taken alongside this to enable excess heat to be easily removed. Moreover, the expected increase in the frequency of heat waves and future rises in average external temperatures as result of climate change are likely to drive more cases of overheating in our homes.Read More
New research was published last week on the work registered social landlords are doing to improve their environmental performance. Environmental benchmarking is improving processes and helping to save thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions and millions of cubic meters of water, as well as improving the homes and lives of residents.Read More
On Wednesday, THE REVIEW: UK social landlords – environmental performance 2014/15, was launched at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Westminster. The report summarises the key findings from the last round of assessments that accredited landlords have undergone and the progress they have made on various environmental performance measures, from the energy efficiency of homes through to flood and overheating risks and resident engagement.Read More
Fuel poverty has become an area of concern as energy prices are rising. Combined with the poorer quality of our homes in the UK, struggling to afford energy bills has become a worrying reality to many. However, help is available to those struggling to pay their energy bills.Read More
At Swan, sustainability is about creating healthy, vibrant communities that meet the diverse needs of our residents, both now and in the future. Our commitment to sustainability means we strive to protect and enhance the environment, use natural resources wisely and build social cohesion.Read More
Recently the WWF reported that the world’s animal population has halved in forty years. The findings, part of a study called the Living Planet Index, took some of the world’s leading scientists two years to develop.Read More
With a Conservative majority in Government and the key posts confirmed, it is worth taking a moment to consider the implications.Read More
Tom Jarman, Environmental Sustainability Co-ordinator at SHIFT member Your Homes Newcastle, looks for the substance behind the hype – and how it could be used to build more sustainable homes.
I first heard about BIM – Building Information Modelling – by accident, about 2 years ago. I was at an exhibition in Newcastle, at a local religious centre (St James Park) and attended a talk about BIM simply because I was there. And I was hooked.Read More
It has been announced today that Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, has been appointed as the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
We are delighted that Amber has been appointed as the Secretary of State for DECC and wish her well in her new role. We look forward to meeting Amber at the earliest opportunity to discuss our future plans and strengthening the Government / Industry partnership for a better future for our industry.Read More