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.”
City West Housing Trust has joined the leading sustainability benchmarking initiative, the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT). With members spanning the majority of the UK – England, Scotland and Wales – housing associations nationwide are beginning to see the benefits of independently assessing the sustainability of their organization.
Here we look at three major certification schemes commonly considered by housing providers, and the different ways that they might apply to housing providers. SHIFT is an industry specific scheme that includes peer learning and support networks and rewards; ISO 14001 is a generic international standard and; EMAS is a European alternative based on ISO 14001 but with some additional requirements.
On what was then the hottest day of the year in the UK - 32.2oC - Sustainable Homes hosted the much anticipated launch of its sustainability report, THE REVIEW: UK social landlords – environmental performance 2012/13.
Celebrity builder and TV presenter Tommy Walsh has officially launched the Solent Green Deal, a joint council initiative, in a bid to help Hampshire households drive down their energy costs. The Ground Force presenter joined councillors and local residents for the launch which took place at a specially fitted out First Wessex home at 48 Atlantic Park View in Eastleigh on 14 June.
At Sustainable Homes we work with many professionals in the housing sector who are doing excellent work for their clients. They are proud of building high Code level homes and of refurbishing homes to a high SAP rating. However, when it comes to their operations there is often a lack of knowledge on their own environmental impacts.
Sustainable Homes is excited to announce that we have been shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious Constructing Excellence Awards!
One of our SHIFT members, Nottingham City Homes, has undertaken an Impact Study of their Decent Homes retrofit scheme (called Safe, Warm, Modern) in partnership with Nottingham Business School.
One of our SHIFT members, Great Places Housing Group has taken home the prestigious Energy Efficiency accolade at this year’s Housing Excellence Awards.
Sustainable Homes and partners are delighted to announce that Robert Napier CBE, Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), will be speaking at the Retrofitting 2013 conference on Wednesday 5th June.
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