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.
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.
The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) funded the retrofit of over 100 homes across the UK, with an ambition of achieving an 80% reduction in the in-use CO2 emissions of each property. The properties were then monitored over a year. Sustainable Homes are not aware of any other project going to such detail on retrofitting homes. The findings of the latest report provide a blue print for the future of retrofitting in the UK.
Symphony Housing Group – the largest social housing provider based solely in the North West - has joined a leading benchmarking initiative to measure its environmental performance. The leading sustainability benchmarking initiative, the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT).
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.
VRM Technology, a new energy efficiency software provider, is proud to become the latest corporate partner of the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT).
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.
“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?
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].
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’ (https://gdcashback.decc.gov.uk/). 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.
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