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Trident - reducing fuel poverty cost-effectively

Tony Clarke, Trident Social Investment Group, CROHM

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.


£5,000 grant opens for homes impacted by flooding

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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 not built with climate change in mind. It means that effective measures have to be taken during retrofitting to adopt homes to suit our changing climate.


New Government strategy plans to significantly boost solar PV uptake

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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.


Financial rates for domestic renewable heat announced today

Greg Barker Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change V1

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.


‘Energy revolution’- power to the communities


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.


The battle over ECO

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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.


Housing and local government leaders pledge joint action on climate change and fuel poverty

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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.


Free and innovative loft hatch insulation


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.


Carbon, water, flooding and more… the 2014 sustainability benchmark is here

Phil Thompson (Title) v2

There is a timeline for making our homes environmentally sustainable. The Climate Change Act 2008 calls for a 34% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2020.Housing and buildings account for over 44 percent of all our carbon emissions. As developers and managers of property housing associations and arms length management organisations have a key role in progressing toward this goal.  They manage around 4 million homes.


Government announces result of Housing Standards Review - what does it mean for you

Code for Sustainable Homes standards dropped

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 have decided that they will incorporate two elements of the code, energy and water, into building regulations. It will be up to building control officers and approved bodies to ensure that the regulations are being adhered to.


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