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.Read More
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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.
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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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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
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.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