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Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 Leonie Cooper
Many people are assessing how they can most cost-effectively reduce fuel poverty. If residents have lower energy bills they are better able to pay their rent and/ or other essential items. There are a variety of ways of doing this – behaviour change and improving properties being the main two. Sustainable Homes and Parity Projects work jointly to provide Carbon  Reduction Options for ...Read More
Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 Elina Goudira
The UK is seeing an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather conditions such as flooding, heat waves and water scarcity. The Sustainable Development Commission estimates that 70% of housing stock that will be inhibited in 2050 has been built. A relationship between dwellings construction age and impacts of the climate change has been established. Most of the social housing was...Read More
Monday, Apr 14, 2014 Elina Goudira
On Friday the Department of Energy & Climate Change has published the long-awaited Solar Strategy with the target of furthering deployment of solar PVs in the UK over the next few years. The emphasis is on encouraging the deployment of rooftop solar, and in particular the underperforming commercial-scale sector. More specifically, the Government is aiming for 1 million solar homes by...Read More
Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 Elina Goudira
The government today launched its long-awaited Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme for homes, offering homeowners payments to offset the cost of installing low carbon systems. This innovative scheme will pay people for the green heat they generate for their homes. This is an attempt to bridge the gap between the cost of fossil fuel heat sources and renewable heat alternatives. The...Read More
Monday, Mar 31, 2014 Magdalena Bilinska
  The UK’s first Community Energy Strategy has been officially launched by Department of Energy and Climate Change! It gives a ray of light to radically impact the way we generate and use energy. Findings of DECC’s routine survey of public attitudes to energy issues that we recently published ( see here ) show residents’ big concern about steep rises in energy prices. Another...Read More
Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 Andrew Eagles
Half of fuel poor households, live in properties with solid walls. These leak twice as much heat as cavity wall properties; so it is important that we focus on them. I thought it might be useful to recount a tale of how the battle was lost to improve these homes. It is a useful lesson in political strategy. Stage one – All in the Kingdom was calm – Officials and others worked hard to...Read More
Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 Elina Goudira
Leaders from the housing associations and local authorities of the Liverpool City Region today pledged closer working to raise the priority of addressing global climate change and fuel poverty for the benefit of the people and economy of Liverpool City Region. The pledge was signed at an event attended by over 100 representatives from twenty organisations at Liverpool Town Hall. ...Read More
Monday, Mar 24, 2014 Magdalena Bilinska
Sustainable Homes has been made aware of a new, British invented, energy saving device that is now for sale. It is a new offer so we thought that readers would be interested to know more. Igloo Environmental have invented a simple yet easy to fit loft hatch insulation product called Hatch Thatch. This product provides both total insulation as well as effective airtightness. Hatch Thatch...Read More
Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 Andrew Eagles
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Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 Andrew Eagles
Housing Standards Review announced The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) announced last week its response to the Housing Standards Review (HSR). The response continues the previously outlined objective to wind down the Code for Sustainable Homes (code) and consider a framework for space standards. The CSH produced a step change in sustainable construction.  DCLG...Read More
Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 Andrew Eagles
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Monday, Mar 17, 2014 Andrew Eagles
A carbon and fuel poverty tool has gained funding to integrate real time monitoring.  The funding, announced last week, will significantly help landlords understand the homes they manage and resident energy bills. Carbon Reduction Options for Housing Managers (CROHM), provided by Parity Projects and Sustainable Homes, provides a summary of the costs and measures to reduce fuel poverty...Read More
Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 Magdalena Bilinska
Blog written by Richard Griffiths,  Development Manager , Parity Project. Before any landlord embarks on a retrofit programme, the very first step should always be for them to make sure that they fully understand the current state of their stock, and how installing energy saving and generating measures can improve it. Without doing so, they risk delivering over-expensive and...Read More
Friday, Mar 7, 2014 Elina Goudira
Energy Secretary Edward Davey announced the long-awaited consultation on changes to the Energy Company Obligation. Ed Davey stated "... our ambition for [the] new policy framework – our target – remains the same as [when ECO was initially launched in 2013].  To have at least one million homes upgraded under ECO and the Green Deal by the end of the next financial year ." The...Read More
Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 guest author
More LED lamps are being sold and hence more carbon is being saved (up to 0.5 tonnes per home per year), which has led to our SHIFT corporate partner, LED Hut, to increase its warehouse space. In line with rapid company growth and to meet soaring demand for its market-leading LED lighting range, LED Hut has relocated its operations to Middleton (Greater Manchester). The move has seen the...Read More
Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 guest author
As floods have increased in the last few months in UK and recent reports mentioning that this will continue as the river and groundwater levels continue to rise, we should all be able to recognise the possible damages that floods may cause to our properties. Below are some guidelines to assess the extent of damage: Walls Where walls have become saturated, it is necessary to remove the...Read More
Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 guest author
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Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 Elina Goudira
If you or your family/friends are experiencing any flooding, the following may be of use First steps Switch off the electricity supply at the mains. While standing in flood water NEVER touch sources of electricity. If you need to use power tools, use battery powered tools where possible or if necessary uses a portable generator. When working in flood water or recovering from a...Read More
Monday, Feb 24, 2014 Andrew Eagles
VRM Technology, a new energy efficiency software provider, is proud to become the latest corporate partner of the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT). VRM’s core product “Refurbify” brings together architectural, building and software expertise. Initially developed to quote for retrofitting insulation to homes, the product has since expanded into a continuously evolving set of...Read More
Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 Begum Bidik Nash
Council Tax Data published in November 2012 estimated the number of empty houses in the UK at over 710,000. That could provide housing for over 1.5 million people. It is important to get these properties back in use in order to tackle the country’s housing shortage and improve the wellbeing of communities. Baroness Andrews, OBE  said: “ Empty homes are an affront to people who cannot get...Read More
Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 Richard Lupo
“The UK fracking map shows that gas could be extracted from under social landlords’ properties and next to residents’ homes. What are social landlords’ responses to this?” That was the gist of a question put to us during one of our regular updates with SHIFT members. There are arguments for and against fracking, but is there an alternative that could fund energy efficiency improvements in...Read More
Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 Robert Amoroso
The world is getting connected. In the UK, 57% of adults used social networking in 2013 - the second most prolific social network users in Europe [Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Eurostat]. People and orgnisations are connecting through social media and blogs more and more. We at Sustainable Homes have recognised the value in social media and as such have integrated it...Read More
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 Magdalena Bilinska
Landlords are eligible to receive Green Deal Cashback. You need to have a Green Deal Assessment, then ‘accept a quote or Green Deal Plan with a Green Deal Provider’ ( ). Landlords can fund the cost of works and receive cashback – i.e. they don’t have to use GD finance. They do have to use a GD provider to install though. The cost therefore would be the Green...Read More
Monday, Feb 10, 2014 Magdalena Bilinska
DECC routinely monitor public attitudes to renewable and energy issues. The idea is to gauge how the public sees what DECC does to achieve goals in areas of energy efficiency, improving the UK’s energy infrastructure and increasing the amount of energy the UK generates from low carbon sources. The latest survey was conducted between 11 and 15 December 2013. Data was collected using...Read More
Friday, Feb 7, 2014 Magdalena Bilinska
Representatives of United Nations meet annually to discuss climate goals as a part of the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The 19 th UN Climate Change Conference (COP19) was held in Warsaw, Poland, from 11 th - 22 nd November 2013. Many protested over a lack of ambition in the COP19 negotiations. However, the Warsaw conference was intended to provide...Read More