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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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    Carbon emissions | fabric efficiency | fuel poverty | energy costs | energy demand
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    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

Interior textiles – the sustainable renewable option

Posted by Sustainable Homes on 23-Oct-2014 12:23:33

As consumers, we are becoming more aware of the environmental impact that our choices have and as such the demand for eco –friendly products has dramatically increased. This trend can be seen within the home décor sector, with interior textiles from an ethical and renewable background increasingly being sourced.

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Topics: Sustainable Home, interior,, ethical product

‘Nudges’ work – £100m more for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

Posted by John Stapleton on 09-Oct-2014 12:54:40

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.

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Topics: Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, retrofit, funding

The Future’s Bright

Posted by Guest author on 09-Oct-2014 07:30:00

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.

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Topics: SHIFT members, retrofit, Climate Change Act, Technology Strategy Board, InnovateUK

Local trades should be at the forefront of making retrofit work

Posted by Guest author on 02-Oct-2014 13:17:00

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.

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Topics: retrofit, carbon reduction, zero carbon, energy performance, carbon emissions

Green sky thinking: building a more durable case for quality homes

Posted by Emma Jones on 29-Sep-2014 12:00:00

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?

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Topics: insulation, SHIFT, retrofit, energy bills, housing association, residents

Housing associations ‘most trusted’ to give energy saving advice

Posted by John Stapleton on 26-Sep-2014 10:39:00

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.

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Topics: fuel poverty, National Energy Study, behaviour change, housing associations, energy savings, residents

What really motivates residents to reduce their energy use?

Posted by Emma Jones on 25-Sep-2014 12:00:00

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?

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Topics: National Energy Study, housing associations, residents, National Energy Study 2

Intelligent construction to address issues facing social housing

Posted by Emma Jones on 24-Sep-2014 09:35:00

The current house building industry model is incapable of delivering the 200,000 houses required each year to meet current demand.

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Topics: social housing, SHIFT member, zero carbon, New build, passivhaus, registered providers, off-site construction

Missing a trick? New homes should mean greener old ones

Posted by Andrew Eagles on 19-Sep-2014 07:30:00

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.

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Topics: retrofit, zero carbon, carbon emissions, allowable solutions, New build

What retrofit means: better lives

Posted by Emma Jones on 16-Sep-2014 07:30:00

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.

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Topics: insulation, fuel poverty, SHIFT, retrofit, energy bills, housing association, residents

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