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Sustainable Homes Blog

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

Posted by Richard Lupo on 21-Apr-2015 07:00:00

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: Sustainable Homes, Code for Sustainable Homes, Wellbeing, Home Quality Mark

National green best practice group welcomes two new partners

Posted by Emma Jones on 20-Apr-2015 07:00:00

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 Index, Energy, SHIFT for Contractors

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

Posted by John Stapleton on 16-Apr-2015 07:00:00

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, Fuel Poverty, Housing Associations, EPC

Are you charging your residents too much for communal heat?

Posted by Richard Lupo on 14-Apr-2015 12:30:00

What do others charge for heat supplied?  What is the normal daily standing charge? 

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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-Apr-2015 07:30:00

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 members, Benchmarking, SHIFT for Contractors

Five ways housing associations can make the business case for improving homes

Posted by John Stapleton on 12-Apr-2015 07:30:00

Progress on improving the energy efficiency of housing association homes has slowed in the last few years. Much of the ‘low hanging fruit’ such as cavity wall insulation has been done and funding from ECO has all but dried up. This and other government support has meant many landlords who are undertaking improvement works do not factor in funding, lest it is withdrawn at short notice. What should we do about this? Stop investing? Or wait for the next round of government funding?

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Topics: Retrofit, Housing Associations, SHIFT members, Energy Efficiency, Funding

Solar energy giant to support social housing sector

Posted by Emma Jones on 08-Apr-2015 15:17:06

Housing Associations keen to improve their environmental credentials while tackling fuel poverty for their residents have increasingly turned to solar panels. But in recent years, despite a large drop in price, uncertainty has been created by changes to the feed in tariffs offered to solar installations. 

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Topics: SHIFT Index, Renewable Energy, Housing Associations, SHIFT corporate partner

Top 5 things your board can do to avoid a downgrade

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 01-Apr-2015 07:30:00

Under co-regulation rules, housing association Boards have the responsibility of ensuring that their organisations meet the regulatory standards, produce accurate reports on time, and have adequate internal controls.

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Topics: Housing Associations, Regulations, value for money

Sustainable, healthy and warm: how can social housing help deliver the homes people deserve? [Part 2]

Posted by Emma Jones on 30-Mar-2015 07:30:00

Sustainable, healthy and warm: how can social housing help deliver the homes that people deserve? Report of Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Sustainable Homes roundtable 12 March 2015.

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Topics: Retrofit, Health, Overheating, Allowable Solutions, New Build, Technology

New standards for renters are great – but loophole means tens of thousands won't benefit

Posted by John Stapleton on 24-Mar-2015 16:04:00

At last night’s Greener Britain hustings, Ed Davey was rightly proud to trumpet new regulations for the private sector that came into law this week. They are, indeed, ground-breaking: from 2018, it will be illegal for landlords to rent out homes which are in the worst ‘F’ and ‘G’ categories for energy efficiency – that means not much better than a greenhouse sans windows. But the hard truth is that tens of thousands of people will not benefit – and it’s likely that another zero can be added to that.

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Topics: Regulations, Housing Crisis, Private Rented Sector

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