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    Efficiency | flooding | energy costs | bills |
  • Solar Thermal | RHI | energy costs | lower bills
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Sustainable Homes Blog

Sustainable buildings pay in terms of rent and occupancy

Posted by Sue Punch on 11/08/16 13:00

A new study draws a direct correlation between green building certification and increased financial benefits to property owners.

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Topics: Sustainability, SHIFT accreditation standard, Offices & operations, Benchmarking, Energy efficiency, research, Housing Sector

Saving money and resources for landlords

Posted by Daniel Navarro on 18/07/16 07:30

Belts are being tightened across the housing sector. This does not have to come at the cost of service and sustainability. In fact, improving service and creating efficiencies can save social andlords time, money and resources.

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Topics: SHIFT accreditation standard, Offices & operations, Training and elearning, Carbon, Housing Sector

PRESS RELEASE| Sustainable housing awards to give boost to under-pressure sector

Posted by John Stapleton on 11/05/16 11:02

Social landlords, developers and the supply chain are being encouraged to celebrate sustainability achievements by submitting to national awards which are open for entries this week. The SHIFT Awards are the sustainability awards for the housing sector, with half of the categories open to all.

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

One of the most sustainable landlords in the country – “How we achieved gold accreditation”

Posted by Guest Author on 20/04/16 13:05

Catalyst is one of the leading housing associations in London and the South East. We are an award-winning developer and manage more than 22,000 homes for people on a range of incomes – from social, affordable and intermediate rented homes, to sheltered housing, shared ownership as well as homes for outright sale.

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Topics: Sustainability, SHIFT accreditation standard, Offices & operations, Housing Associations, SHIFT landlord, Residents, Bills, Energy efficiency

An exciting year ahead for housing and sustainability - Special announcement

Posted by Andrew Eagles on 31/03/16 07:30

I am writing with an important update about Sustainable Homes and the year ahead. Read More

Topics: SHIFT accreditation standard, Sustainable Homes, Housing Associations, Benchmarking, Carbon

You’ll never guess who won a national innovation award…..

Posted by Emma Jones on 07/03/16 07:30

Sustainable Homes won the Housing Innovation Award for Most Innovative Consultant 2016, last week. The following article explains the awards and reason for the win. 

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Topics: Consultation, SHIFT accreditation standard, Sustainable Homes, CROHM assessment, Training and elearning

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, Government, Housing Sector

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: 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

New research examines the link between rent arrears, voids, energy efficiency measures and cost savings for landlords. Download the report.

Touching the Voids - rent arrears, cost savings and energy efficiency

 

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