SAP is a tool commonly used to measure the energy efficiency of a home and as such, it is a useful tool when trying to improve the energy efficiency of the UK housing stock. Since it is a uniform standard, housing associations and regulators can use it to ascertain and compare the quality of stock.Read More
Sustainable Homes Blog
SHIFT accredited A2Dominion, the lead developer at UK’s most sustainable development NW Bicester, has welcomed its first young construction recruits on site. Willmott Dixon, the contractor on the scheme, recently hired its bricklayer apprentice and completes the initial weekly college student placements. The NW Bicester masterplan will encompass up to 6,000 highly energy efficient new homes.Read More
SHIFT is the sustainability standard for the housing sector. It measures the sustainability and work being undertaken to reduce fuel poverty. Over 2.4 million people are housed by organisations involved. After years and years of running the scheme we wanted to know, does accreditation have impact? Do our clients find it useful?Read More
Tom Jarman, Environmental Sustainability Co-ordinator at SHIFT landlord Your Homes Newcastle, on why it isn’t necessarily curtains for zero carbon homesRead More
There is increased attention being put on building homes that are fit for the future, but 85% of our current homes will still be around in 2050. With global temperatures set to rise anywhere between 1°C and 4°C, there is a growing concern about how these homes will cope with the future climate.Read More
Getting the small things right can mean as much as an 2-3 extra SAP points
‘Retail is detail’ as Philip Green likes to say. The same is true for retrofit. According to a recent study, ‘poor detailing of the wall connecting joints can mean energy loss through the joints may even be greater than that through the entire window.’ Poor airtightness and thermal performance around windows is a significant problem; with convection accounting for 50-60% heat loss in buildings, this can have a significant impact on SAP calculations and CO2 emissions.Read More
The University of Oxford, City of Westminster and Future Climate are investigating energy improvements in private flats. A workshop was held on 17th March 2015 to examine the issue in more depth. The following summarises the workshop and thoughts of contributors on the day.
We always knew that the new Government’s first priority was not going to be clean air or the environment. It is though still surprising to see the brazen way in which it is being downplayed, especially as we are told the Government still supports the global 2 degree climate change target. Does it? Can it square the circle? Let’s have a look at the impact of yesterday’s Budget announcements.Read More
We recently released a summary of the performance of landlords in a number of areas. Lord Matthew Taylor provided a useful key note address illustrating some of the challenges faced by the sector and steps they could take to take charge of this agenda.Read More
It can be difficult addressing the challenges of fuel poverty with attention currently focused on how to keep cool. However, it is important to continue working towards reducing the numbers of households in fuel poverty before the next heating period.
The Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics report was recently published; presenting the latest statistical trends and analysis relating to fuel poverty in 2013. This blog takes a closer look at who the fuel poor are and the key differences in the statistics from 2012 to 2013.Read More
The very young, the elderly and the seriously ill are particularly at risk when the weather is very hot. In particular, very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.Read More
The domestic funding stream of the government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme has paid out in excess of £20 million in its first year of operation, according to Ofgem.Read More
The Conservative party manifesto pledge was to offer 1 million people the Right to Buy their social housing homes. Government seem committed to this policy. There are significant ramifications for our sector.
Sue Chalkley OBE, chief executive of SHIFT landlord Hastoe Housing Association, has spent some time considering the impact on rural communities. Here we bring you her thoughts on the topic.Read More
Social landlords remain best placed to cut fuel poverty and help the government deliver more energy-efficient homes for the lowest cost.Read More