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What retrofit means: better lives


With all the talk of standards, policies and insulation, it is sometimes easy to forget what sustainable homes actually mean for the people living in them, lower bills, certainly, but more importantly a higher quality of life.


Housing association reduces energy bills by £750 per home

Terraced house gets green makeover

On one of our SHIFT visits to Sanctuary Housing we had the opportunity to view a recently refurbished home. It was the first home refurbished as part of Sanctuary’s forward thinking ambition to ensure that all their homes achieve carbon reduction levels that align with the UK’s commitment.


Sustainable Homes participates in leading social housing event

SH event

Sustainable Homes is proud to announce its participation in the National Housing Federation’s Annual Conference and Social Housing Exhibition 2014.


Rochdale Boroughwide Housing joins national sustainability group

Rochdale Boroughwide housing PR photo

Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, the UK’s first housing society co-owned by tenants and employees, has joined a leading benchmarking initiative to measure its environmental performance.


A wake up call – What our climate change goals mean

World consumption graph blog

As a number of commentators note, climate change is one of the most significant threats we face.


Let’s get retrofit for the future

Andrew Eagles, Managing Director of SH

This is an opinion piece by Andrew Eagles from Sustainable Homes, which was published by Inside Housing.


Merseyside housing associations work together to deliver reduced bills and carbon emissions

Magenta photo blog

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.


Renewable energy: Should PV panels have more architectural appeal?

Photovoltaics, Catalyst Housing, SHIFT member

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.


Experts gathered to share best practice: making offices & operations more sustainable

Andrew Eagles, Sustainable Homes, SHIFT Conference - offices + operations

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.


Regulation restricting CO2 grows from 50 to 500 laws globally

lady of justice

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.


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