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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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    Resources | Carbon emissions | timber | resource management
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    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
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    fuel poverty | on-demand heating | energy costs |

Sustainable Homes Blog

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

Posted by John Stapleton on 17-Dec-2014 07:00:00

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 Index, housing associations, environmental benchmarking

Home energy habits analysed in major new study

Posted by John Stapleton on 16-Dec-2014 12:32:00

Housing associations are to take part in a major new study this winter looking at people’s energy use in the home and how people can save money on their bills – even when they don’t mean to. 500 residents will have their energy habits monitored over the winter months and the best motivators for reducing energy use analysed.

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Topics: fuel poverty, behaviour change, housing associations, energy bills

Revealed: the future of sustainable homes

Posted by Emma Jones on 12-Dec-2014 16:33:00

Over the last year, staff at Sustainable Homes have been developing a revolutionary new approach to building sustainable housing using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).

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Topics: Sustainable Homes, MMC

CHPs – how can we get the most out of them?

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

Combined Heat and Power plants (CHPs), are often used to supply blocks of flats. In theory, the beauty of CHPs is that they produce heat and electricity at the same time. This means, typically around 20% lower carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions per unit of useful electricity and heat generated. Occupiers move into new homes with Code for Sustainable Homes certificates and EPCs showing they should expect lower energy bills.

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Topics: heating, electricity

Findings from new build conference – building quality homes part 2

Posted by Emma Jones on 05-Dec-2014 07:30:00

Sustainable Homes recently held two sold 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: New build, housing standards, low carbon

Findings from new build conference – building quality homes

Posted by Emma Jones on 03-Dec-2014 09:50:00

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 Index, residents, New build, passivhaus, carbon reduction

Housing Sector's Sustainability Leaders Announced

Posted by Emma Jones on 26-Nov-2014 19:00:00

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 Index, housing association, environmental impacts, SHIFT Awards

Tackling overheating in the home - National survey

Posted by Richard Lupo on 20-Nov-2014 12:53:00

We know there are already cases of homes overheating in the UK and that the incidence and severity is likely to worsen as our climate changes. What we don’t know is how much of a concern overheating is within the mainstream energy efficiency and construction sectors and whether organisations are already gearing up to address this issue.

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Topics: registered social landlords, retrofitting, consultation, new builds, overheating, Local authorities, existing build

Retrofit makes sense when it’s done street-by-street: here’s why

Posted by John Stapleton on 18-Nov-2014 15:45:00

Last week Sustainable Homes and the BBC was hosted by SHIFT member Orbit, one of the largest housing providers in the country, managing over 37,000 homes from the Midlands to the south east.

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Topics: energy bills reduction, registered social landlords, retrofitting, energy efficiency, external wall insulation, residents

Contractor? DLO? We want to hear from you!

Posted by Emma Jones on 12-Nov-2014 16:24:00

Recently, we have been approached by several contractors and members of DLOs looking to develop a sustainability methodology for direct labour organizations (DLO). If you are interested in getting involved with something like this, here is your opportunity to help shape it. We are holding a workshop to discuss what this methodology would look like.

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Topics: contractors, sustainability, direct labour organisations, environmental impacts

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