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Sustainable Homes Blog

Zero carbon homes policy lives on - what will Mayoral candidates do for housing standards

Posted by Arianna Sdei on 27/04/16 07:30

It is only a week before Londoners head to the polls to choose a successor to the incumbent Boris Johnson, stepping down from an office which enjoys considerable powers over housing, planning and energy. Each candidate has a different idea on how to resolve the shortage – but all have promised to build 200,000 homes by 2020 or 50,000 every year.

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Topics: Renewable energy & heat, Zero carbon, Regulations & Standards, Housing

One of the most sustainable landlords in the country – “How we achieved gold accreditation”

Posted by Guest Author on 20/04/16 13:05

Catalyst is one of the leading housing associations in London and the South East. We are an award-winning developer and manage more than 22,000 homes for people on a range of incomes – from social, affordable and intermediate rented homes, to sheltered housing, shared ownership as well as homes for outright sale.

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Topics: Sustainability, SHIFT accreditation standard, Offices & operations, Housing Associations, SHIFT landlord, Residents, Bills, Energy efficiency

28 home passivhaus scheme subsidised by council - how it was built

Posted by Arianna Sdei on 19/04/16 13:00

The UK Government Construction strategy has two challenging targets for 2025. These include an expectation of 1.7- 2.5 million new homes and 50% less carbon by 2025.  The UK’s 26 million existing homes also need to change.  The Climate Change Act targets require homes to be improved to emit 90% less carbon by 2050. So each home built to higher standards helps towards that goal and also, of course, helps with comfort and lower bills for residents.

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Topics: Passivhaus, Energy efficiency, low carbon

Accuflow join leading sustainability benchmarking group

Posted by Arianna Sdei on 11/04/16 07:30

Accuflow, a leading provider of water management services, have become the latest organisation to partner with SHIFT, the sustainability standard for the housing sector.

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Topics: Sustainability, Water, Benchmarking

Free damp and mould action plan for landlords

Posted by Richard Lupo on 07/04/16 07:30

Excess humidity, damp and mould growth is present in almost half of UK homes, with severe cases affecting over 598,000 properties.  A significant majority of these belong to social housing providers for whom this is a long standing problem, and the costs are substantial.[1]

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Topics: Heating, Health, SHIFT partner, Wellbeing, ventillation

Adapting homes to overheating

Posted by Arianna Sdei on 06/04/16 07:30

Back in December 2014, 75 housebuilders, social landlords, architects and others representing 208,047 homes in the UK participated in our survey, produced with the Zero Carbon Hub, on overheating in homes. The survey asked participants to describe, for example, how they define and assess overheating risk in residential properties. It also asked those responding to say what was motivating them to take action. Customer satisfaction came high on the list. Other incentives included having had overheating problems in the past, and the presence of local authority requirements in Local Plans.

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Topics: Overheating, Climate change, Adaptation

Free heat meter surveys for social landlords

Posted by Richard Lupo on 05/04/16 07:30

At Sustainable Homes we know that the recent heat metering regulations have concentrated effort on installing meters in heat networks.  This is good for residents, because they get charged only for what they use as opposed to a flat rate regardless of what they use.  It’s also good for the environment because, when heat meters are installed the heat usage is generally more efficient and so results in fewer carbon emissions.

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Topics: Heating, Energy, Bills

An exciting year ahead for housing and sustainability - Special announcement

Posted by Andrew Eagles on 31/03/16 07:30

I am writing with an important update about Sustainable Homes and the year ahead. Read More

Topics: Registered Social Landlords, SHIFT accreditation standard, Sustainable Homes, Benchmarking, Carbon

Accredited retrofit training course launched

Posted by Magdalena Bilinska on 30/03/16 12:30

We all know we need to get retrofitting millions of homes.  Do we have the skills?  Recent government reports suggest that skills need to improve if we are to leave well ventilated, warm, healthy  homes.

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Topics: Retrofit, Government, Training and elearning

PRESS RELEASE| Solid wall insulation needs additional checks, says group

Posted by John Stapleton on 29/03/16 12:21

Housing providers were urged to do more to check the quality of work for solid wall insulation (SWI) at an event in Westminster.
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Topics: Social housing, Health, Funding, Energy efficiency

Free CPD on PassivHaus design principles

Posted by Richard Lupo on 22/03/16 10:30


Using Passivhaus design principles for new build homes and refurbishment can dramatically reduce carbon emissions, cut residents’ fuel bills and improve general health and wellbeing.  But what are Passivhaus principles?  What’s involved?  What are the costs?  What are the benefits to the landlord?  Sustainable Homes has been alerted to a resource that may help with getting these questions answered.  What’s especially useful is that the resources is free and comes in CPD format, so will be useful to building professionals.

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Topics: Retrofit, SHIFT partner, New build, Passivhaus

Nationwide study examines potential cost savings for landlords

Posted by John Stapleton on 21/03/16 14:00

  • Major new study involving landlords managing 500,000 homes underway, examines link between energy efficiency and indirect cost savings  
  • British Gas, ROCKWOOL, National Energy Action support research

Sustainable Homes, the sustainability consultancy that works with affordable housing providers and government to reduce fuel poverty, today announced a major new study involving social landlords managing half a million homes. The research will investigate the potential cost savings that energy efficiency measures can deliver.

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Topics: Registered Social Landlords, Fuel poverty, National Energy Study, Energy efficiency

Four observations on social landlords and technology

Posted by John Stapleton on 16/03/16 14:00

In the world of social housing, ‘technology’ and ‘innovation’ are too often only associated with things like data management and customer interfaces – in other words, Information Technology. But there is a world of possibility out there. Tom Jarman of your Homes Newcastle, and John Stapleton of Sustainable Homes, identified four areas where social landlords could consider it differently.

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Topics: Housing Associations, Technology, BIM

Five key events to power up your sustainability campaign this year

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 15/03/16 07:30

SHIFT landlords often ask us about how they can better engage staff and residents on sustainability issues. Planning your internal or resident engagement around worldwide movements is a great way to create a buzz and gain interest. Utilise these events to encourage your colleagues and residents to take action and increase buy-in into your organisation’s sustainability agenda.

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Topics: Sustainability, Behaviour change, Ecology, Environment

You’ll never guess who won a national innovation award…..

Posted by Emma Jones on 07/03/16 07:30

Sustainable Homes won the Housing Innovation Award for Most Innovative Consultant 2016, last week. The following article explains the awards and reason for the win. 

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Topics: Consultation, SHIFT accreditation standard, Sustainable Homes, CROHM assessment, Training and elearning

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