• 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

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

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

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 accreditation standard, 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 accreditation standard, Energy, SHIFT contractor

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 accreditation standard, Renewable energy & heat, 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 accreditation standard, 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 accreditation standard, Benchmarking, Environment, SHIFT contractor

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 accreditation standard, Fuel poverty, Health

Landlord group reaches major milestone

Posted by Leonie Cooper on 13/01/15 07:00

Hexagon Housing Association receive Gold SHIFT Award 2014
Hexagon Housing Association receiving their
Gold SHIFT award.

2014 was quite a year for the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT). When it started in 2008, with support from the HCA, GLA, UK-GBC and WWF-UK, the membership group had just sixteen initial members. Now over 75 organisations are involved.

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Topics: Registered Social Landlords, Sustainability, SHIFT accreditation standard, SHIFT landlord, Benchmarking

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 accreditation standard, Housing Associations, SHIFT landlord, 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 accreditation standard, 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 accreditation standard, Housing Associations, SHIFT landlord, 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 accreditation standard, Sustainable Homes, SHIFT landlord, Environment

'THE REVIEW' details the achievements and progress of the social housing sector on key environmental performance metrics. Download the report below 

Sustainable Homes, The Review, UK social landlords environmental performance, environmental benchmarking

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