Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey used the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow to announce a ‘re-boot’ of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, anticipated since it was abruptly closed in late July after a late surge in applications exhausted the fund amid allegations of possible fraudulent activity.Read More
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InnovateUK, the UK's innovation agency, is at the cutting edge of developing ways to undertake retrofit cost-effectively and at scale. Lead technologist Rick Holland describes its work and why, despite challenges in securing funding, the future is bright for retrofit.Read More
The arguments for reducing energy demand in housing are well rehearsed – carbon emissions, energy security, living costs and the scourge of fuel poverty. The benefits are multiple, both directly and indirectly, improving housing quality, economic and environmental sustainability, and providing employment in the process.Read More
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?Read More
The second part of Sustainable Homes’ National Energy Study has been published today. Undertaken for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the analysis revealed that housing associations who manage property are most trusted by residents to provide advice on how to save energy, followed by energy charities.
We are building homes to higher energy efficient standards. We’re also retrofitting homes, where we can, to more energy efficient levels. But how much do we know about how they are performing and how people use energy in their homes?
The current house building industry model is incapable of delivering the 200,000 houses required each year to meet current demand.
Andrew Eagles, Managing Director of Sustainable Homes, analyses the recent government announcements on Allowable Solutions - an article which was published by Sustain magazine on 15 July 2014.
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.
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.