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.Read More
Sustainable Homes Blog
Recently the WWF reported that the world’s animal population has halved in forty years. The findings, part of a study called the living planet index, took some of the world’s leading scientists two years to develop.Read More
With a Conservative majority in Government and the key posts confirmed, it is worth taking a moment to consider the implications.Read More
Tom Jarman, Environmental Sustainability Co-ordinator at SHIFT member Your Homes Newcastle, looks for the substance behind the hype – and how it could be used to build more sustainable homes.
I first heard about BIM – Building Information Modelling – by accident, about 2 years ago. I was at an exhibition in Newcastle, at a local religious centre (St James Park) and attended a talk about BIM simply because I was there. And I was hooked.Read More
It has been announced today that Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, has been appointed as the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
We are delighted that Amber has been appointed as the Secretary of State for DECC and wish her well in her new role. We look forward to meeting Amber at the earliest opportunity to discuss our future plans and strengthening the Government / Industry partnership for a better future for our industry.Read More
Something to look at before you vote! The main parties' policies on housingRead More
It is often said that social landlords are caught between a rock and hard place. On the one hand, expected to display the enterprise and verve of the private sector to solve the housing crisis; on the other, shackled by regulation and fulfilling many functions previously taken care of by the state.Read More
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.Read More
In the same week that the party manifestos confirmed familiar-sounding house-building targets, the nation’s third biggest house-builder, Persimmon, announced sales of more than £2 billion and an average sale price of £207,900. Suffice to say if build rates more than doubled, as they would have to under, for example the Lib Dems, it would make a serious dent on both. They had better hope that the parties’ record on meeting their targets does not improve.Read More
After over a year of disruption since government announced “winding down” of the Code for Sustainable Homes, a new home building standard has finally been announced. It is called the Home Quality Mark (HQM) and is being developed by BRE.Read More
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.Read More
In 2014 the Government unveiled a revised fuel poverty target, the headline element being to improve fuel poor homes to an EPC ‘C’ by 2030 – the ‘what’. Last month the ‘how’ was presented to Parliament in the form of a new fuel poverty strategy. So what does it mean for social landlords?Read More
What do others charge for heat supplied? What is the normal daily standing charge?
These costs can be quite tricky for landlord and tenant relationships. As there is no national benchmark, the rates charged can often lead to complaints. This is especially difficult when residents compare metered heat prices with gas prices.Read More
Leading regeneration specialist Keepmoat has announced it is the first to sign up to the new SHIFT for Contractors benchmark. The newly extended standard will make it easier for housing providers to evaluate the environmental performance of contractors and the supply chain, facilitating cooperation and collaboration between housing associations and contractors.Read More