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

Sustainable Homes Blog

Delivering quality and cost effective new build homes

Posted by Sustainable Homes on 09/02/16 08:00

Now more than ever we need to be building new homes. The UK Government has set the ambitious target to build one million homes by 2020, this means building a minimum of 250,000 new homes per year; an uplift of over 100,000 homes. This represents a huge challenge for the sector.

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Topics: SHIFT accreditation standard, New build, Technology, BIM

John Prescott announces landlords leading the UK on sustainability and lower bills

Posted by John Stapleton on 20/11/15 12:50

Housing associations gathered last week in Manchester to celebrate outstanding achievement in sustainability. The SHIFT Awards are the UK’s sustainability awards for landlords, recognising achievements in reducing environmental impacts, lowering costs and improving the quality of life for their residents.

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Topics: Sustainability, SHIFT accreditation standard, Housing Associations

Green Campaigner gets on his bike...

Posted by Daniel Navarro on 11/11/15 07:30

A Liverpool man is planning to put his green credentials to the test by attempting a zero-carbon commute – to Paris.

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Topics: Retrofit, SHIFT accreditation standard, Climate change, Environment, Housing, Government

More landlords move to verify their environmental impacts

Posted by Sustainable Homes on 16/10/15 08:30

Evidencing sustainability credentials is becoming increasingly important to businesses. Companies who have a plan to deal with climate change, which place sustainability at the core of their business and who report regularly on their progress usually outperform those who do not.

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Topics: Sustainability, SHIFT accreditation standard, Housing Associations, SHIFT landlord

SHIFT Awards 2015 - Recognising the social housing sector’s achievements

Posted by Guest Author on 08/10/15 08:00

This is a key time for the social housing sector. Shaped with the regulatory uncertainty and recent budget and funding cuts, the highest priority for the sector is to ensure it is prepared for the future.

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Topics: Social housing, Sustainability, SHIFT accreditation standard, SHIFT landlord, Benchmarking

Northwards – leading the way on environmental performance

Posted by Sustainable Homes on 15/09/15 10:15

Northward Housing Group are now accredited as one of the top six most sustainable landlords in the country.   We asked them what process they went through to get there, which areas they focused on, and what were some of the challenges.  The following is a summary.  We thought that might be of interest.

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Topics: SHIFT accreditation standard, SHIFT landlord, Energy Performance

Green landlords saving tens of thousands and improving efficiencies

Posted by John Stapleton on 27/08/15 10:51

Is the proposition that you can reduce costs whilst becoming accredited with SHIFT and driving sustainability outlandish? We don’t think so – and here are some examples:

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Topics: Registered Social Landlords, Sustainability, SHIFT accreditation standard, Housing Associations

Key terms you need to know if you work in housing - part 2

Posted by Emma Jones on 05/08/15 07:30

Working in housing there are many terms and acronyms that get thrown around. A number of people have suggested to us that it would be useful to put up a list of some of those. Here is our second installment. This is the second part of our 37 terms blog we published earlier (with a few additions from our readers!).

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Topics: SHIFT accreditation standard, Housing Associations, Regulations & Standards, Residents, Energy efficiency

ECO funding changes affect improvements to home energy efficiency

Posted by Emma Jones on 29/07/15 07:30

SAP is a tool commonly used to measure the energy efficiency of a home and as such, it is a useful tool when trying to improve the energy efficiency of the UK housing stock. Since it is a uniform standard, housing associations and regulators can use it to ascertain and compare the quality of stock.

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Topics: Retrofit, SHIFT accreditation standard, SHIFT landlord, Funding, Energy efficiency

Accreditation driving large-scale reductions in environmental impacts

Posted by Emma Jones on 20/07/15 12:43

SHIFT is the sustainability standard for the housing sector. It measures the sustainability and work being undertaken to reduce fuel poverty. Over 2.4 million people are housed by organisations involved. After years and years of running the scheme we wanted to know, does accreditation have impact? Do our clients find it useful?

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Topics: SHIFT accreditation standard, SHIFT landlord, Benchmarking, Carbon emissions

Largest UK landlords responding to increased flood & overheating risks

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

There is increased attention being put on building homes that are fit for the future, but 85% of our current homes will still be around in 2050. With global temperatures set to rise anywhere between 1°C and 4°C, there is a growing concern about how these homes will cope with the future climate.

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Topics: SHIFT accreditation standard, Overheating, Flooding, Climate change, Adaptation

Sector discusses retrofit finance and drivers to reduce fuel poverty

Posted by Andrew Eagles on 21/06/15 07:30

Social landlords remain best placed to cut fuel poverty and help the government deliver more energy-efficient homes for the lowest cost.

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Topics: Retrofit, SHIFT accreditation standard, SHIFT landlord, Funding, Regulations & Standards

Overheating, flood risk, carbon – new figures on landlord impacts

Posted by Sustainable Homes on 15/06/15 07:30

New research was published last week on the work registered social landlords are doing to improve their environmental performance. Environmental benchmarking is improving processes and helping to save thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions and millions of cubic meters of water, as well as improving the homes and lives of residents.

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Topics: Registered Social Landlords, Social housing, SHIFT accreditation standard, Overheating, Flooding, Environment, Carbon emissions

Report: New research on environmental performance of UK landlords

Posted by Emma Jones on 12/06/15 12:00

On Wednesday, THE REVIEW: UK social landlords – environmental performance 2014/15, was launched at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Westminster. The report summarises the key findings from the last round of assessments that accredited landlords have undergone and the progress they have made on various environmental performance measures, from the energy efficiency of homes through to flood and overheating risks and resident engagement.

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Topics: SHIFT accreditation standard, SHIFT landlord, Benchmarking, Climate change, Environment

Sustainable Swan: our commitment to sustainability

Posted by Guest Author on 27/05/15 12:08

At Swan, sustainability is about creating healthy, vibrant communities that meet the diverse needs of our residents, both now and in the future. Our commitment to sustainability means we strive to protect and enhance the environment, use natural resources wisely and build social cohesion.

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Topics: Registered Social Landlords, SHIFT accreditation standard, Sustainable Homes, Fuel poverty, SHIFT landlord, Residents, Wellbeing

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