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Sustainable Homes Blog

New standards for renters are great – but loophole means tens of thousands won't benefit

Posted by John Stapleton on 24-Mar-2015 16:04:00

At last night’s Greener Britain hustings, Ed Davey was rightly proud to trumpet new regulations for the private sector that came into law this week. They are, indeed, ground-breaking: from 2018, it will be illegal for landlords to rent out homes which are in the worst ‘F’ and ‘G’ categories for energy efficiency – that means not much better than a greenhouse sans windows. But the hard truth is that tens of thousands of people will not benefit – and it’s likely that another zero can be added to that.

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Topics: Regulations, Housing Crisis, Private Rented Sector

Sustainable, healthy and warm: how can social housing help deliver the homes people deserve? [Part 1]

Posted by Emma Jones on 24-Mar-2015 07:00:00

Sustainable, healthy and warm: how can social housing help deliver the homes that people deserve? Report of Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Sustainable Homes roundtable 12 March 2015.

[Part 1 of 2]

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Topics: Retrofit, Sustainable Homes, Housing Associations, Funding, New Build

Can we afford not to build sustainable homes?

Posted by Guest author on 20-Mar-2015 10:37:00

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation today published new research into the cost of building more sustainable housing. It asked if sustainable homes could be built more cheaply, and compared a range of approaches.

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Topics: Fuel Poverty, Health, Energy Efficiency, Energy Performance, New Build, MMC

Four problems with zero carbon homes and what we can do about them

Posted by Andrew Eagles on 17-Mar-2015 07:30:00

It is quite easy to argue that this government has backtracked on their commitments to environmental issues. One policy with continued support though is the commitment for new build homes to be built to zero carbon from 2016.

The commitment to a far reaching goal for new build homes is impressive. It compares starkly with policy towards existing homes, where funding to improve the UK’s leakiest homes (the energy company obligation) was dismantled at short notice. There are four key opportunities to improve the zero carbon policy as it stands.

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Topics: Retrofit, Zero Carbon, Energy, Allowable Solutions, New Build

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund - £70m to be released

Posted by John Stapleton on 12-Mar-2015 09:58:00

DECC have announced the third release of its Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. From midday,Monday 16 March, new applicants will be able to apply for funding upto £5,600 per household in England and Wales.

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Topics: Retrofit, Green Deal, Funding

Retrofitting works to save £6million in resident health related costs

Posted by Andrew Eagles on 03-Mar-2015 07:30:00

Health and housing: not just the name of our recent conference, but, as the delegates in Leeds Town Hall were reminded, two inextricably linked spheres.

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Topics: Retrofit, SHIFT Index, Health, Wellbeing

New £5bn ‘green energy bond’ to kickstart retrofit

Posted by John Stapleton on 02-Mar-2015 12:27:00

Most people agree that getting the UK’s housing up to scratch is a daunting prospect – retrofitting every home in the UK to 95% less carbon is a massive job that has barely begun. In fact, at current rates of progress we need to refurbish over 13,000 a week to meet our carbon targets.

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Topics: Registered Social Landlords, Retrofit, Funding, Direct Labour Organisations (DLO)

OECD study finds environmental regulation improves productivity

Posted by Emma Jones on 20-Feb-2015 12:30:00

In the area of measuring the economic effects of environmental policy, data has been lacking. Past studies focused largely on individual policies in specific contexts, it has been difficult to draw informed conclusions, while weak or absent evidence has allowed for interpretations favouring firms and sectors targeted by specific policies.

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Topics: Regulations, Environment, International

More sustainable contractors – landlords welcome SHIFT evaluation plan

Posted by John Stapleton on 19-Feb-2015 10:08:00

Sustainable Homes currently manages the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT), the national environmental performance benchmarking group for social landlords. Recently, we have been approached by a number of contractors and local authority DLOs to develop a measurement tool that’s consistent with this SHIFT index. The move to develop such a tool has so far been welcomed by both housing providers and contractors, who see this as a way to make it easier for landlords to check the environmental credentials of suppliers.

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Topics: Registered Social Landlords, Social Housing, Sustainability, SHIFT Index, Benchmarking, Environment, SHIFT for Contractors

New health risks and research to be discussed at national conference

Posted by Emma Jones on 18-Feb-2015 07:00:00

There are a variety of ways our housing impacts on the health of the population.

One - The standard impacts are clear. The UK’s housing stock is some of the worst insulated in Europe, and becoming more of a national concern. Cold homes are resulting in a large number of excess winter deaths each year.

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Topics: Social Housing, Climate Change Adaptation, SHIFT Index, Fuel Poverty, Health

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