• sustainability | carbon emissions | water efficiency
    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 |
    Solar PV | feed in tarriff | reduce energy costs |
  • Carbon emissions | fabric efficiency | fuel poverty | energy costs | energy demand
    Carbon emissions | fabric efficiency | fuel poverty | energy costs | energy demand
  • Resources | Carbon emissions | timber | resource management
    Resources | Carbon emissions | timber | resource management
  • Efficiency | flooding | energy costs | bills |
    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
  • fuel poverty | on-demand heating | energy costs |
    fuel poverty | on-demand heating | energy costs |

Sustainable Homes Blog

Sustainable Swan

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, Sustainable Homes, Fuel poverty, SHIFT accredited organisation, Residents, Wellbeing

50% of animals lost – what the housing sector can do about it

Posted by Andrew Eagles on 21/05/15 16:15

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.

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Topics: Housing Associations, Ecology, Home Quality Mark

What does the new Government mean for sustainable homes and construction?

Posted by Andrew Eagles on 15/05/15 17:01

With a Conservative majority in Government and the key posts confirmed, it is worth taking a moment to consider the implications.

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Topics: Retrofit, Renewable energy & heating, Zero carbon, Regulations, Climate change, Government

BIM what is it and how it’ll change how you build

Posted by Guest author on 15/05/15 14:53

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.

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Topics: Social housing, New build, MMC

New Secretary of State for Environment and Climate Change, RT Honourable Amber Rudd

Posted by Andrew Eagles on 12/05/15 12:33

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.

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Topics: Fuel poverty, Climate change, Carbon emissions, Housing, Government

New website helps vulnerable communities adapt to climate change

Posted by Emma Jones on 06/05/15 07:30

Climate change is recognised is disproportionately affecting vulnerable communities.

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Topics: Fuel poverty, Overheating, Flooding, Climate change

Election 2015: Main parties' housing policies

Posted by Guest author on 04/05/15 08:00

Something to look at before you vote! The main parties' policies on housing

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Topics: Social housing, New build, Housing, Government

Stepping up to the plate: my challenge to social landlords

Posted by Andrew Eagles on 01/05/15 08:00

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.

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Topics: Registered Social Landlords, Retrofit, Fuel poverty, Regulations, New build

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, Fuel poverty

Election 2015: Tories right to buy bad news for sustainable homes crisis

Posted by Andrew Eagles on 29/04/15 07:30

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.

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Topics: Insulation, Social housing

The wait is over! New sustainable home building standard is announced

Posted by Richard Lupo on 21/04/15 07:00

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.

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Topics: Sustainability, Health, New build, Wellbeing, Performance gap, Home Quality Mark

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, Energy, SHIFT for Contractors

The fuel poverty strategy – what does it mean for social landlords?

Posted by John Stapleton on 16/04/15 07:00

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?

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Topics: Registered Social Landlords, Retrofit, Fuel poverty, Housing Associations, Energy

Are you charging your residents too much for communal heat?

Posted by Richard Lupo on 14/04/15 12:30

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.

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Topics: Heating, Registered Social Landlords, Residents

Keepmoat signs up to be independently verified with new ‘SHIFT for Contractors’ benchmark

Posted by Emma Jones on 14/04/15 07:30

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.

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Topics: Sustainability, SHIFT accredited organisation, Benchmarking, SHIFT for Contractors

On 10th June, we welcome you to our national conference 'Making the business case for retrofit' Hear from registered landlords on their success, new financing options for major works and the new government's prospects. For more information and to register click here.



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