SWIG was conceived in 2008 by a group who came together with the idea of applying 'whole system thinking' to sustainable water management; pulling together several strands to give a better and more sustainable result.
Government changes to the Energy Company Obligation have provided more time for energy providers to meet solid wall and hard to treat measures. This is a step backwards for energy efficiency in the United Kingdom and a huge loss for affordable housing providers and those most in need.
The Guardian reported today that Ministers are considering allowing energy firms two more years for delivery of Energy Company Obligation targets. We wrote three letters to the PM with the backing of 140 leading organisations, underlining why ECO was crucial in tackling fuel poverty and creating local skilled jobs. We also suggested solutions. Here we comment on the potential impact of this potential proposal.
Last Wednesday (20th November) at the glamorous Homes Networking Dinner those organisations leading the way with reductions in environmental impacts were awarded the SHIFT ‘Best in Class’ prize.
Negotiations on ECO are happening today. Our letter, below, calls for minimum annual solid wall install targets. It is vital that minimum targets are established. Support warm homes and local jobs, retweet this today.
Sustainable Homes has launched a 500-home National Energy Study into energy use and behaviour change, with the help of Rockwool and 14 housing associations nationwide.
This blog summarises the Housing Standards Review and considers how they could be improved according to Sustainable Homes team.
Sustainable Homes has been made aware of new funding available for energy management. See below further information provided by The Technology Strategy Board.
We wrote to the Prime Minister on Tuesday 12th November calling for him to recognise the work ECO is doing to reduce fuel poverty and create jobs. Over 75 organisations wrote supporting that letter. They manage homes representing 3.2 million people.
I am writing this open letter on behalf of the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT) network of housing associations, other associations, academics and the supply chain companies that maintain millions of affordable homes. As a group we own or manage the homes of over three million people. We are working hard to improve homes and reduce energy bills for residents. We note with alarm your recent statement that “We need to roll back some of the green regulations and charges that are putting up bills.”
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