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.Read More
Sustainable Homes Blog
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. Even if we make big savings by employing the latest systems, such as the innovative Energiesprong that a consortium of housing associations are planning to pilot in the UK, we are talking big money. One estimate puts the cost of getting up to ‘C’ at £28 billion for social housing alone. This can sometimes stymie the conversation before it has even started. How, so the argument goes, can we even think about this stuff when there is a housing crisis and no money in the bank?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching on Saturday there is a lot of talk about love and happiness. It may just be that housing can provide the NHS with quite a nice Valentines present by reducing health visits by the thousands and saving the NHS millions. But how?
We all know there is a link between quality of housing and health of residents. We were commissioned by the London Climate Change Partnership (LCCP); to investigate the actual costs and benefits of considering adapting our homes to a changing climate. The work analysed the impact of adaptation works to 200 homes in the Colne and Mersea tower blocks in Barking and Dagenham in London, to provide evidence to help landlords make the case for adaptation.Read More
Although electricity and gas bills have a reputation for being difficult to interpret, this is not necessarily the case for many professionals working in the sector. However, we came across a bill recently that really makes things difficult for those working hard to measure and manage carbon emissions. Take a look at the image. For example, you could be forgiven for thinking that 5438 kWh of electricity were used for the period on the day time tariff. The bill clearly states 5438 kWh, right? Wrong. Let’s take a closer look.
The bill also states that the charge for each kWh is 13.48p, which means that the charge should be £733.04. But the bill says £7,330.42, i.e. ten times as much. So what’s gone wrong?Read More
What would you do if you were in charge of reducing UK carbon emissions?Read More
Ventive Ltd, a leading provider of passive ventilation with heat recovery (PVHR), announced their partnership with the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT) this week.Read More
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has written to 160 landlords warning them to do better on meeting the requirements of the value for money standard. The standard allows for environmental improvements to count towards value for money.Read More