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    sustainability | carbon emissions | water efficiency
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    retrofit | fuel poverty | energy efficient | energy costs
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    Solar PV | feed in tarriff | reduce energy costs |
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    Carbon emissions | fabric efficiency | fuel poverty | energy costs | energy demand
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    Resources | Carbon emissions | timber | resource management
  • Efficiency | flooding | energy costs | bills |
    Efficiency | flooding | energy costs | bills |
  • Solar Thermal | Feed in tariff | RHI | energy costs | lower bills
    Solar Thermal | Feed in tariff | RHI | energy costs | lower bills
  • fuel poverty | on-demand heating | energy costs |
    fuel poverty | on-demand heating | energy costs |

Sustainable Homes Blog

It’s fast approaching - and what a great time it will be!

Posted by Emma Jones on 11-Nov-2014 07:30:00

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.

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Topics: environmental improvement, Sustainable Homes, SHIFT, events, SHIFT Awards

Green sky thinking: building a more durable case for quality homes

Posted by Emma Jones on 29-Sep-2014 12:00:00

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?

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Topics: insulation, SHIFT, retrofit, energy bills, housing association, residents

What retrofit means: better lives

Posted by Emma Jones on 16-Sep-2014 07:30:00

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.

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Topics: insulation, fuel poverty, SHIFT, retrofit, energy bills, housing association, residents

Housing association reduces energy bills by £750 per home

Posted by Richard Lupo on 10-Sep-2014 07:30:00

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.

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Topics: Sustainable Homes, SHIFT, Solar PV, housing associations, energy efficiency, energy bills, external wall insulation, SAP rating, carbon reduction

Sustainable Homes participates in leading social housing event

Posted by Sustainable Homes on 03-Sep-2014 07:00:00

Sustainable Homes is proud to announce its participation in the National Housing Federation’s Annual Conference and Social Housing Exhibition 2014.

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Topics: training, fuel poverty, National Energy Study, SHIFT, CROHM, carbon reduction, environmental benchmarking, research

Rochdale Boroughwide Housing joins national sustainability group

Posted by John Stapleton on 01-Sep-2014 07:30:00

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.

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Topics: SHIFT, housing association, environmental performance, environmental benchmarking

Renewable energy: Should PV panels have more architectural appeal?

Posted by Richard Lupo on 08-Aug-2014 07:30:00

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.

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Topics: SHIFT, Photovoltaics, renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions, Climate Energy, Catalyst Housing, architecture

Experts gathered to share best practice: making offices & operations more sustainable

Posted by Andrew Eagles on 05-Aug-2014 07:30:00

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.

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Topics: Sustainable Homes, SHIFT, behaviour change, reduce the environmental impacts, offices & operations, Green Champions, staff engagement

Most in depth study to date – findings of retrofitted homes revealed

Posted by Sustainable Homes on 09-May-2014 07:30:00

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.

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Topics: social benefits, CO2 emissions reduction, Sustainable Homes, SHIFT, energy efficiency, retrofit, CROHM

Symphony Housing Group joins national sustainability group

Posted by Sustainable Homes on 28-Apr-2014 12:53:00

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).

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Topics: Sustainable Homes, social landlords, SHIFT, environmental performance, Symphony Housing Group, environmental benchmarking

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