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Friday, Sep 19, 2014 Andrew Eagles
Andrew Eagles, Managing Director of Sustainable Homes , analyses the recent government announcements on Allowable Solutions - an article which was published by Sustain magazine on 15 July 2014. Seldom has a phrase more unbecoming to the Crown’s dignity been uttered in the course of the state opening of Parliament than the phrase dreamt up by policy wonks and Whitehall mandarins to describe...Read More
Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 Emma Jones
With all the talk of standards, policies and insulation, it is sometimes easy to forget what sustainable homes actually mean for the people living in them, lower bills, certainly, but more importantly a higher quality of life. By investing in retrofit schemes, housing associations up and down the country are making a real difference and are leading the sector. SHIFT member and Newcastle...Read More
Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 Richard Lupo
On one of our SHIFT visits to Sanctuary Housing we had the opportunity to view a recently refurbished home. It was the first home refurbished as part of Sanctuary’s forward thinking ambition to ensure that all their homes achieve carbon reduction levels that align with the UK’s commitment. As many people know, the UK commitment is to cut carbon emissions by 80% of 1990 emissions by 2050....Read More
Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 Elina Goudira
Sustainable Homes is proud to announce its participation in the National Housing Federation’s Annual Conference and Social Housing Exhibition 2014. As the longest running and highly regarded exhibition for decision-makers in the sector, this year’s event takes place on 17-19 th September at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham. We are excited to be a part of this event and look...Read More
Monday, Sep 1, 2014 John Stapleton
Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, the UK’s first housing society co-owned by tenants and employees, has joined a leading benchmarking initiative to measure its environmental performance. The association’s 14,000 homes will be independently assessed under the SHIFT scheme – Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow – and become part of a network of organisations managing in excess of 1 million homes...Read More
Monday, Aug 25, 2014 Begum Bidik Nash
As a number of commentators note, climate change is one of the most significant threats we face. "I believe man-made climate change is one of the most serious threats this country and this world faces” - Statement made on 26 th February 2014, by David Cameron, Prime Minister, United Kingdom “Fallout from the shifting global temperature is probably the most likely thing that is going...Read More
Monday, Aug 18, 2014 Andrew Eagles
This is an opinion piece by Andrew Eagles from Sustainable Homes, which was published by Inside Housing. Seldom must a more obscure phrase have been uttered by the Queen during the state opening of parliament than ‘allowable solutions’, which passed her lips some weeks ago when she described the government’s alternative approach to zero-carbon homes. And last month brought the publication...Read More
Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 Andrew Eagles
Some of the country’s leading experts in energy efficiency and low carbon technologies gathered at Liverpool’s International Festival for Business (IFB) in July for a unique event. Attended by 80 delegates including Mayor of Wirral Steve Foulkes, the VIRIDIS event was hosted by Wirral-based affordable housing provider Magenta Living and highlighted the opportunities available in the fast...Read More
Friday, Aug 8, 2014 Richard Lupo
Richard Lupo, Senior Sustainability Consultant at Sustainable Homes, is always looking for the latest innovation when it comes to sustainability in the built environment. Be it through talking with clients, searching the internet or while on his many bike rides and/or runs, Richard always has a story. Here Richard writes about his latest visual spot of a unique method of incorporating renewable...Read More
Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 Andrew Eagles
Sustainable Homes held a useful conference on making offices and operations greener. The event was held in Farringdon, London on 15 th July. SHIFT members came together to discuss how to reduce the environmental impacts of their offices and operations, learn from other members’ experiences and share best practice. Richard Lupo, Senior Sustainability Consultant at Sustainable Homes, spoke...Read More
Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 Magdalena Bilinska
Legislation plays a fundamental role in tackling climate change.   New research , conducted in collaboration between Globe International and the London School of Economics, shows a dramatic increase in the climate laws. The findings of the study illustrate that the world’s stock of climate legislation has risen steeply, from fewer than 50 in 2000 to almost 500 in 2013! Those are becoming...Read More
Monday, Jul 28, 2014 John Stapleton
It can sometimes feel like an uphill battle in making the case for truly energy efficient homes; not only is the whole idea yet to make a significant impact on consumers, when it does it is usually in the form of a brand-spanking new build. It is in this context that is it worth pointing out that not only do energy efficiency measures such as wall insulation, double glazing and energy efficient...Read More
Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 Bill Wright
Sustainable Homes and partners undertook a study of energy use in over 500 homes through the 2013/14 winter. The following is the first report we published of our findings. This installment is the last part of our report . What did we find? There were many useful findings. Two of the main findings are summarised here. 3) Occupancy, SAP and other indicators did not impact as...Read More
Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 Bill Wright
Sustainable Homes and partners undertook a study of energy use in over 500 homes through the 2013/14 winter.  The following is the first report we published of our findings. This installment is the second part to our report . What did we find? There were many useful findings. Two of the main findings are summarised here. 1) Feedback helps people save energy Receiving...Read More
Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 Bill Wright
Sustainable Homes and partners undertook a study of energy use in over 500 homes through the 2013/14 winter.  The following is the first report we published of our findings. This installment is the foreword to our report. You can read the introduction to the study here . We will be publishing the main findings in the next two blogs. Stay tuned! As a country, we have made great strides...Read More
Monday, Jul 21, 2014 Bill Wright
Sustainable Homes and partners undertook a study of energy use in over 500 homes through the 2013/14 winter. The following is the first report we published of our findings. This instalment is the introduction to our report . What do we know about behaviours and energy use? Many people have a low understanding of how much energy each household task uses, and by extension, what each task...Read More
Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 Elina Goudira
The historic decree issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency  in June on behalf of President Obama to cut emissions from power plants by 30% was by no means the last word in America’s path to a low carbon future, but it has nevertheless spurred prospects for a global deal on climate change. It also shows that leadership on this issue is possible, especially when the...Read More
Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 Elina Goudira
The historic decree issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency  in June on behalf of President Obama to cut emissions from power plants by 30% was by no means the last word in America’s path to a low carbon future, but it has nevertheless spurred prospects for a global deal on climate change. It also shows that leadership on this issue is possible, especially when the...Read More
Monday, Jul 14, 2014 Elina Goudira
The historic decree issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency  in June on behalf of President Obama to cut emissions from power plants by 30% was by no means the last word in America’s path to a low carbon future, but it has nevertheless spurred prospects for a global deal on climate change. It also shows that leadership on this issue is possible, especially when the...Read More
Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 Begum Bidik Nash
NASA and the University of California have recently announced that melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet is “unstoppable with major consequences” . The findings mean that sea level projections will need to be revised upwardly, closer to 4 feet of sea level rise. The NASA research incorporated 40 years of observational data and measurements from various satellites, which use altimeters to...Read More
Monday, Jul 7, 2014 Richard Lupo
DECC have released the latest statistics on fuel poverty in the UK. The statistics actually date from 2012, reflecting the time to survey and analyse primary data. The headline figures are that fuel poverty declined to 2.28 million households in England in 2012 from 2.39 million in 2011. The definition of fuel poverty, and hence the way the data was analysed, changed between those years....Read More
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 Elina Goudira
Water efficiency experts, Save Water Save Money, are pleased to announce they have been recognised at the UK Water Efficiency Awards 2014 as runners-up in the highly competitive Innovation category for their pioneering initiative - ‘The Sustainable Communities Partnership’. This partnership sees Save Water Save Money working together with Water Companies, Housing Associations and Local...Read More
Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 John Stapleton
One of the many difficulties with persuading the venerable human psyche we all possess that it is really – no really­ – time to act on climate change is that for most in the UK it remains a fundamentally abstract notion. Most, but not all – as was alarmingly demonstrated in recent memory on the Somerset Levels and elsewhere. Similarly, the issue of overheating, leading to what are...Read More
Monday, Jun 30, 2014 Richard Lupo
The National Housing Maintenance Forum asked us to write an article for their 2014 bulletin.  Here’s what we wrote. The floods in January this year were a timely reminder to the sector to take climate change seriously. We must adapt our homes to minimise the damage that the worst effects of climate change can cause. This article explains some of the adaptations that can be made, the...Read More
Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 John Stapleton
A new study by Sustainable Homes has revealed that giving people feedback on how they use their gas and electricity could lead to a potential saving of £79 a year or 2.7m tonnes of carbon – as much as if every home in the UK had loft insulation. The National Energy Study , conducted with over 500 households in 14 housing associations across England, looked at how people used energy in their...Read More