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Rochdale Boroughwide Housing joins national sustainability group

 
Rochdale Boroughwide housing PR photo

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.

 

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 Limited, 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.

 

Making the case: DECC research shows link between EPC rating & house prices

 
SAP ratings and property values, DECC research

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.

 

A study of the effects of feedback on domestic energy use - Findings pt2

 
National Energy Study

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.

 

A study of the effects of feedback on domestic energy use - Findings pt1

 
National Energy Study

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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