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    Efficiency | flooding | energy costs | bills |
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Sustainable Homes Blog

Value for money statements - Four ways you can make yours far better

Posted by Richard Lupo on 19-Jan-2015 07:00:00

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.

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Topics: Climate Change Adaptation, Health, Housing Associations, Energy Efficiency, Regulations, Wellbeing, value for money

Landlord group reaches major milestone

Posted by Leonie Cooper on 13-Jan-2015 07:00:00

Hexagon Housing Association receive Gold SHIFT Award 2014
Hexagon Housing Association receiving their
Gold SHIFT award.

2014 was quite a year for the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT). When it started in 2008, with support from the HCA, GLA, UK-GBC and WWF-UK, the membership group had just sixteen initial members. Now over 75 organisations are involved.

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Topics: Registered Social Landlords, Sustainability, SHIFT members, Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow, Benchmarking

New resources to lower fuel poverty and enhance understanding on sustainability

Posted by Guest author on 12-Jan-2015 16:30:00


We have received significant interest from housing providers to provide a service to enable staff to achieve a sustainable lower fuel poverty future. In response to this, we are pleased to announce our brand new elearning platform: Sustainable Homes Academy 

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Topics: Sustainability, Fuel Poverty, Housing Associations, Residents, Elearning, staff, carbon emissions

Home energy habits analysed in major new study

Posted by John Stapleton on 05-Jan-2015 07:00:00

Housing associations are to take part in a major new study this winter looking at people’s energy use in the home and how people can save money on their bills – even when they don’t mean to. 500 residents will have their energy habits monitored over the winter months and the best motivators for reducing energy use analysed.

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Topics: National Energy Study, Behaviour Change, SAP, Bills

New service launched! Assess costs and benefits of community energy

Posted by Guest author on 22-Dec-2014 07:00:00

There are substantial opportunities to reduce energy bills for residents by reducing the costs of distribution and supply. Significant technical advances have been made since the 1960s, particularly in the costs and varieties of distributed generation and storage equipment, and not least in information and control technologies, including protection and  safety devices.

These advances mean that local communities can now build their own local energy systems, and, in many cases deliver 20-30% lower bills.

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Topics: Energy Use, Registered Social Landlords, Energy Efficiency, ESCO, Bills

SHIFT network continues to grow as Home Group and BRE get on board

Posted by John Stapleton on 17-Dec-2014 07:00:00

One of the largest housing associations in the UK has bolstered its commitment to sustainability by joining SHIFT – the leading benchmarking initiative to measure, monitor and improve environmental performance. The association, which has 120,000 homes across the north-east, becomes part of a network of organisations managing in excess of 1.3 million homes around the country.

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Topics: Registered Social Landlords, Sustainability, SHIFT Index, Housing Associations, SHIFT members, SHIFT corporate partner, Benchmarking, Environment

Home energy habits analysed in major new study

Posted by John Stapleton on 16-Dec-2014 12:32:00

Housing associations are to take part in a major new study this winter looking at people’s energy use in the home and how people can save money on their bills – even when they don’t mean to. 500 residents will have their energy habits monitored over the winter months and the best motivators for reducing energy use analysed.

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Topics: Fuel Poverty, National Energy Study, Behaviour Change, Housing Associations, Residents, Bills

Revealed: the future of sustainable homes

Posted by Emma Jones on 12-Dec-2014 16:33:00

Over the last year, staff at Sustainable Homes have been developing a revolutionary new approach to building sustainable housing using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).

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Topics: Sustainable Homes, MMC

CHPs – how can we get the most out of them?

Posted by Richard Lupo on 08-Dec-2014 07:30:00

Combined Heat and Power plants (CHPs), are often used to supply blocks of flats. In theory, the beauty of CHPs is that they produce heat and electricity at the same time. This means, typically around 20% lower carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions per unit of useful electricity and heat generated. Occupiers move into new homes with Code for Sustainable Homes certificates and EPCs showing they should expect lower energy bills.

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Topics: Heating, Electricity

Findings from new build conference – building quality homes part 2

Posted by Emma Jones on 05-Dec-2014 07:30:00

Sustainable Homes recently held two sold out conferences on building to low carbon cost effectively, combining presentations from leaders in the field with opportunities for discussion and debate on key issues.

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Topics: Housing Standards Review, SHIFT corporate partner, New Build, Carbon

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