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    sustainability | carbon emissions | water efficiency
  • retrofit | fuel poverty | energy efficient | energy costs
    retrofit | fuel poverty | energy efficient | energy costs
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    Solar PV | feed in tarriff | reduce energy costs |
  • Carbon emissions | fabric efficiency | fuel poverty | energy costs | energy demand
    Carbon emissions | fabric efficiency | fuel poverty | energy costs | energy demand
  • Resources | Carbon emissions | timber | resource management
    Resources | Carbon emissions | timber | resource management
  • Efficiency | flooding | energy costs | bills |
    Efficiency | flooding | energy costs | bills |
  • Solar Thermal | Feed in tariff | RHI | energy costs | lower bills
    Solar Thermal | Feed in tariff | RHI | energy costs | lower bills
  • fuel poverty | on-demand heating | energy costs |
    fuel poverty | on-demand heating | energy costs |

Sustainable Homes Blog

Doctor in the house – health and housing event round-up

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

How a ‘green energy bond’ could kickstart retrofit

Posted by John Stapleton on 02-Mar-2015 12:27:28

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?

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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

NHS Valentines treat - save millions by adapting homes to climate change

Posted by Sustainable Homes on 13-Feb-2015 15:23:05

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.

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Topics: Climate Change Adaptation, Health, Overheating, Flooding

You won’t believe how misleading this energy bill is

Posted by Richard Lupo on 05-Feb-2015 10:15:06

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?

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Topics: Energy Use, Fuel Poverty, Bills

Your chance to rule – game lets you play to solve carbon dilemma

Posted by Richard Lupo on 29-Jan-2015 07:30:00

What would you do if you were in charge of reducing UK carbon emissions?

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Topics: Department of Energy & Climate Change, Climate Change, carbon emissions

Passive ventilation provider joins leading landlord sustainability group

Posted by Leonie Cooper on 28-Jan-2015 09:51:00

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.

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Topics: Insulation, Health, SHIFT corporate partner, Residents, Wellbeing

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

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