• sustainability | carbon emissions | water efficiency
    sustainability | carbon emissions | water efficiency
  • retrofit | fuel poverty | energy efficient | energy costs
    retrofit | fuel poverty | energy efficient | energy costs
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    Solar PV | feed in tarriff | reduce energy costs |
  • Carbon emissions | fabric efficiency | fuel poverty | energy costs | energy demand
    Carbon emissions | fabric efficiency | fuel poverty | energy costs | energy demand
  • Resources | Carbon emissions | timber | resource management
    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

Midland Heart aims to ‘future proof’ staff with fuel poverty training

Posted by Guest author on 29/04/15 13:59

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.

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Topics: Sustainability, SHIFT, Fuel poverty

National green best practice group welcomes two new partners

Posted by Emma Jones on 20/04/15 07:00

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.

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Topics: Heating, SHIFT, Energy, SHIFT for Contractors

Solar energy giant to support social housing sector

Posted by Emma Jones on 08/04/15 15:17

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. 

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Topics: SHIFT, Renewable energy & heating, Housing Associations, SHIFT partner

Retrofitting works to save £6million in resident health related costs

Posted by Andrew Eagles on 03/03/15 07:30

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.

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Topics: Retrofit, SHIFT, Health, Wellbeing

More sustainable contractors – landlords welcome SHIFT evaluation plan

Posted by John Stapleton on 19/02/15 10:08

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.

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Topics: Registered Social Landlords, Social housing, Sustainability, SHIFT, Benchmarking, Environment, SHIFT for Contractors

New health risks and research to be discussed at national conference

Posted by Emma Jones on 18/02/15 07:00

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.

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Topics: Social housing, SHIFT, Fuel poverty, Health

SHIFT network continues to grow as Home Group and BRE get on board

Posted by John Stapleton on 17/12/14 07:00

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.

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Topics: Registered Social Landlords, Sustainability, SHIFT, Housing Associations, SHIFT members, SHIFT partner, Benchmarking, Environment

Findings from new build conference – building quality homes

Posted by Emma Jones on 03/12/14 09:50

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.

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Topics: Registered Social Landlords, SHIFT, Zero carbon, Residents, New build

Housing Sector's Sustainability Leaders Announced

Posted by Emma Jones on 26/11/14 19:00

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.

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Topics: Sustainability, SHIFT, Housing Associations, SHIFT members, SHIFT Awards, Environment

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

Posted by Emma Jones on 11/11/14 07:30

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: SHIFT, Sustainable Homes, SHIFT Awards, Environment

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

Posted by Emma Jones on 29/09/14 12:00

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: Retrofit, Insulation, SHIFT, Housing Associations, Residents, Bills

What retrofit means: better lives

Posted by Emma Jones on 16/09/14 07:30

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: Retrofit, Insulation, SHIFT, Fuel poverty, Housing Associations, Residents, Bills

Housing association reduces energy bills by £750 per home

Posted by Sustainable Homes on 10/09/14 07:30

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: Consultation, Insulation, SHIFT, Sustainable Homes, Renewable energy & heating, Housing Associations, SAP, Bills

Sustainable Homes participates in leading social housing event

Posted by Sustainable Homes on 03/09/14 07:00

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: Consultation, SHIFT, Fuel poverty, National Energy Study, CROHM assessment, MMC, Benchmarking

Rochdale Boroughwide Housing joins national sustainability group

Posted by John Stapleton on 01/09/14 07:30

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 Associations, Benchmarking, Environment

On 10th June, we welcome you to our national conference 'Making the business case for retrofit' Hear from registered landlords on their success, new financing options for major works and the new government's prospects. For more information and to register click here.



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