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

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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.


Retrofit software innovator joins sustainability group

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VRM Technology, a new energy efficiency software provider, is proud to become the latest corporate partner of the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT).


New empty homes research - refurbishment reduces bills by hundreds of pounds

empty homes posted 20.02.14

Council Tax Data published in November 2012 estimated the number of empty houses in the UK at over 710,000. That could provide housing for over 1.5 million people.


Fracking- the social housing response

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“The UK fracking map shows that gas could be extracted from under social landlords’ properties and next to residents’ homes. What are social landlords’ responses to this?” That was the gist of a question put to us during one of our regular updates with SHIFT members. There are arguments for and against fracking, but is there an alternative that could fund energy efficiency improvements in social housing stock?


Leading environmental consultancy generates milestones through social media


The world is getting connected. In the UK, 57% of adults used social networking in 2013 - the second most prolific social network users in Europe [Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Eurostat].


Did you know…social landlords can get Green Deal Cashback?!

Green Deal Cashback

Landlords are eligible to receive Green Deal Cashback. You need to have a Green Deal Assessment, then ‘accept a quote or Green Deal Plan with a Green Deal Provider’ ( Landlords can fund the cost of works and receive cashback – i.e. they don’t have to use GD finance. They do have to use a GD provider to install though.


Housing Association wins top award in Quality Housing Services


Hastoe has achieved the top award in the Quality Housing Services (QHS) Criteria for Excellence Assessment in all service areas, becoming one of only two organisations to reach this level. 


One month left for energy entrepreneurs to apply for funding


A new initiative has been launched to find ten of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs who are working to tackle energy challenges, and making real, sustainable change in their communities. Established by Ignite Social Enterprise, a social investment fund focused on energy-related businesses and enterprises and backed by Centrica plc, the aim of the Big Energy Idea is to help the social entrepreneurs to grow their ventures.


Lead organisations say: Environmental measurement is key to a sustainable business.

carbon footprint

A recent study shows that a major barrier to successful environmental management is being able to measure environmental performance. The report, entitled  “Organizational Change for Natural Capital Management: Strategy and Implementation”, was produced as a result of a study on pioneering companies in The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Business Coalition. The aim was to develop a change model for leaders to follow.


Critical time to embrace adaptation to climate change

flooding UK

The world’s climate and weather patterns are changing. Global temperatures are rising causing more extreme weather conditions. According to current projections, the average annual temperature in the UK might rise by as much as 5oC by 2080. The frequency and intensity of extreme weather events have demonstrated how Great Britain is affected by climate change. Examples include the floods throughout the country during the summer season in 2012 or most recently during the Christmas period 2013 as well as the drought and heat waves of early 2012. In the coming decades, an increase in the frequency and severity of the severe weather conditions is projected.


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