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Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 Elina Goudira
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 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 Magdalena Bilinska
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 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 Elina Goudira
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...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
Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 Robert Amoroso
The milestone 2008 Climate Change Act set out a target to cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. To date we have seen that making these cuts is possible in the housing sector – now we just need to scale it up. Launched today (24 th June) at the House of Commons, a coalition of leading environmental bodies, including Sustainable Homes and its SHIFT membership programme , are behind a major...Read More
Monday, Jun 23, 2014 Robert Amoroso
It is no secret that the Green Deal, launched in 2013, did not perform as desired in its first year of existence, for various reasons. Last month, after consultation, the Government announced a new funding scheme to support energy efficiency improvement works in homes – the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF).  Aimed at homeowners including both private and social landlords, the...Read More
Friday, Jun 20, 2014 John Stapleton
Nothing sets hearts beating faster than when the words ‘EU’ and ‘directive’ come together – but it is to the service of one that the Government last month published the grandly-titled ‘ National Energy Efficiency Action Plan’ . The plan sets out all the steps it is taking to meet what is known as the Energy Efficiency Directive, to which all members of the EU have signed up to and has as its...Read More
Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 Elina Goudira
Thousands of tenants are going to benefit from cheaper utility bills thanks to new energy saving devices. North Lincolnshire Homes part of ongo has teamed up with Sure Group and Save Water Save Money Ltd to offer tenants free products to reduce the amount of water and gas they use. Starting in June, homes which have a Vokera Unica boiler installed will be given a shower timer, a water saving...Read More
Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 Elina Goudira
Westminster’s leading housing provider, CityWest Homes, has pledged to fit a new energy saving device with every boiler installed on their estates over the coming year, in a bid to cut residents’ heating bills. With a portfolio of over 21,000 properties across Westminster, and fuel poverty high on the agenda,  CityWest Homes has been seeking new ways to help  reduce bills for...Read More
Monday, Jun 16, 2014 Magdalena Bilinska
In the light of increasing fuel bills and drastic impacts of climate change, which are likely to affect most of us in some way during our lifetimes, we need innovative approaches to create a more secure, cost-effective and sustainable heat and power supply.  The new waste-to-resource scheme was announced to utilise the excess heat generated by London’s Underground trains and warm homes...Read More
Friday, Jun 13, 2014 Elina Goudira
Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE Experts in the sustainability and building sector gathered at National Retrofit Conference on...Read More
Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 Magdalena Bilinska
Experts in the sustainability and building sector gathered at the National Retrofitting Conference on 4 th   June at the majestic Manchester Town Hall. A great line up of speakers brought together some of the sector’s most innovative projects, technologies and successful schemes on retrofitting. Presentations were supplemented by workshops to trigger discussion and get an insight into...Read More
Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 Elina Goudira
On Thursday 29 May Mears Energy won the prestigious award for National Project Management Organisation of the Year at the inaugural Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) National Awards. The award was made for an outstanding contribution to the industry. The judges made this special award citing that, throughout the judging process, Mears had been constantly referenced for numerous...Read More
Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 Elina Goudira
Wienerberger, the leading supplier of wall, roof and landscaping innovations, has announced that it has become a corporate partner of Sustainable Homes, the UK’s leading organisation in the promotion of sustainability improvements for the built environment. The partnership is the latest example of Wienerberger’s on-going commitment and engagement with the issue of sustainable and affordable...Read More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Robert Amoroso
At Sustainable Homes we like to promote the excellent work that our SHIFT members do to improve the environmental performance of their homes.  First Wessex has recently carried out some innovative works on their homes. Guided by Paul Ciniglio, Sustainability & Asset Strategist, the team at First Wessex took us on a tour - this is what we saw. The Heronwood project is an energy...Read More
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Robert Amoroso
Sustainable Homes has been informed of this innovative energy saving product and thought our readers might be interested in conducting free trials. EndoTherm™ is a new, central heating system additive, which cuts heating costs. When EndoTherm liquid is added to the heating system, it reduces the amount of effort a  boiler has to make in order to achieve and maintain the required...Read More
Friday, May 23, 2014 Elina Goudira
One of the properties retrofitted as part of the Retrofit for the Future competition achieved an emissions reduction in excess of 80%. Further to this, the residents have seen their energy consumption  cut by 85% and expect their  annual energy bill of the property to be below £500 (average UK energy bill in 2012 was £1,250) - possibly close to £150. Ridge & Partners...Read More