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Monday, Aug 18, 2014 Andrew Eagles
This is an opinion piece by Andrew Eagles from Sustainable Homes Limited, 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...Read More
Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 Elina Goudira
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...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...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 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 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
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