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Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, the UK’s first housing society co-owned by tenant 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 around the country.
As a number of commentators note, climate change is one of the most significant threats we face.
This is an opinion piece by Andrew Eagles from Sustainable Homes Limited, which was published by Inside Housing.
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.
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 energy technology in homes.
Sustainable Homes held a useful conference on making offices and operations greener. The event was held in Farringdon, London on 15th 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.
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 more ambitious as countries realise the benefits of tackling climate change and discovered that the costs are manageable.
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 boilers help reduce energy bills, they also contribute towards higher resale values. The study, compiled by DECC in 2012, found that dwellings that were rated with an EPC of D were sold for 8% more than dwellings with a G, and ratings of A/B were sold for 14 per cent more than the lowest rated houses.
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.
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.
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