One of the largest housing associations in the UK is to train all its 2,000 staff in how to recognise and reduce fuel poverty. Despite recent reductions in energy bills and a comparatively warm winter, fuel poverty is still a major issue, with 2.3 million households unable to heat their home properly, and that number is set to rise further in the next decade.Read More
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The SHIFT benchmarking group for social landlords recently welcomed two new corporate partners. Leading boiler manufacturers Vaillant and Independent energy provider Utilita have both joined the best practice benchmarking group. Both companies are making great strides in reducing energy use and tackling fuel poverty.Read More
Housing Associations keen to improve their environmental credentials while tackling fuel poverty for their residents have increasingly turned to solar panels. But in recent years, despite a large drop in price, uncertainty has been created by changes to the feed in tariffs offered to solar installations.Read More
Health and housing: not just the name of our recent conference, but, as the delegates in Leeds Town Hall were reminded, two inextricably linked spheres.Read More
Sustainable Homes currently manages the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT), the national environmental performance benchmarking group for social landlords. Recently, we have been approached by a number of contractors and local authority DLOs to develop a measurement tool that’s consistent with this SHIFT index. The move to develop such a tool has so far been welcomed by both housing providers and contractors, who see this as a way to make it easier for landlords to check the environmental credentials of suppliers.Read More
There are a variety of ways our housing impacts on the health of the population.
One - The standard impacts are clear. The UK’s housing stock is some of the worst insulated in Europe, and becoming more of a national concern. Cold homes are resulting in a large number of excess winter deaths each year.Read More
One of the largest housing associations in the UK has bolstered its commitment to sustainability by joining SHIFT – the leading benchmarking initiative to measure, monitor and improve environmental performance. The association, which has 120,000 homes across the north-east, becomes part of a network of organisations managing in excess of 1.3 million homes around the country.Read More
Sustainable Homes recently held two sell-out conferences on building to low carbon cost effectively, combining presentations from leaders in the field with opportunities for discussion and debate on key issues.Read More
On 26th November, Sustainable Homes presented its bi-annual SHIFT awards, recognising the work member housing associations are doing to improve the sustainability of their homes through benchmarking and independent assessment.Read More
It’s that time again – where we all come together under one roof, share our experiences, have a laugh and network with new colleagues. Nope, I’m not referring to the Christmas lunch with family. It’s the Homes 2014 exhibition and conference.Read More
To many – not least the people that get to live in them – the case for homes that are more sustainable is self-evident. Like it or not, however, these things cost money, and sometimes the ‘payback’ period through lower bills is not immediate. So how do you quantify the value that everyone knows is there?Read More
With all the talk of standards, policies and insulation, it is sometimes easy to forget what sustainable homes actually mean for the people living in them, lower bills, certainly, but more importantly a higher quality of life.
On one of our SHIFT visits to Sanctuary Housing we had the opportunity to view a recently refurbished home. It was the first home refurbished as part of Sanctuary’s forward thinking ambition to ensure that all their homes achieve carbon reduction levels that align with the UK’s commitment.
Sustainable Homes is proud to announce its participation in the National Housing Federation’s Annual Conference and Social Housing Exhibition 2014.
Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, the UK’s first housing society co-owned by tenants and employees, has joined a leading benchmarking initiative to measure its environmental performance.