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Sustainable Homes Blog

What is the energy consumption in European homes?

Posted by Guest Author on 03/09/15 07:30

Have you ever wondered what the energy consumption is in homes across Europe?

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Topics: Energy Performance, Carbon emissions, Housing, Energy efficiency

Value for money can save you money

Posted by Richard Lupo on 01/09/15 07:30

Recent policy announcements have hit housing associations hard. Funding for energy efficiency projects is less certain and revenue from rents will be limited in future. As a result, ensuring every penny spent is doing as much as it can is of all the more importance.

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Green landlords saving tens of thousands and improving efficiencies

Posted by John Stapleton on 27/08/15 10:51

Is the proposition that you can reduce costs whilst becoming accredited with SHIFT and driving sustainability outlandish? We don’t think so – and here are some examples:

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Topics: Registered Social Landlords, Sustainability, SHIFT accreditation standard, Housing Associations

Top tips for impressing colleagues

Posted by Guest Author on 27/08/15 07:00

It is the end of August, you may have been on holiday.  When you come back you want to make an impact.  You want to look dynamic, decisive and intelligent.

We’ve gathered up some top insight on how you can make that massive impact in those August and September meetings.  What do you think?  Read More

Topics: Behaviour change

Energy efficiency, arrears and business plans - Opportunity to be involved in research

Posted by Sustainable Homes on 24/08/15 10:03

There is much anecdotal evidence that living in a more energy efficient home leads to fewer tenants going in to arrears, but little concrete evidence.  A new study is setting out to solve this.

Image courtesy of Rockwool
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Topics: Registered Social Landlords, Retrofit, Housing Associations, Residents, Energy efficiency, Finance

Urban heat island - what is it, how does it create overheating and how can greenery help?

Posted by Richard Lupo on 18/08/15 07:30

Parks and greenery in built up areas can reduce overheating by 1oC. And people’s actual reception of comfort from parks and greenery equates to nearly 2oC cooling. That is the finding from a recent review paper in Building and Environment scientific journal.[1]

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Topics: Overheating, Flooding, Ecology, Climate change, Wellbeing

5 big sustainable building solutions to watch for this year

Posted by Guest Author on 13/08/15 07:30

With our planet’s natural resources depleting and energy costs rapidly rising, the demand for sustainable building solutions grows every day. This year is slated to be a huge year for sustainable technology, with many major releases. Here are five sustainable building solutions to watch for in 2015.

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Topics: Renewable energy & heat, Water, Energy, Technology, Energy efficiency

Lead the way on net wellbeing accounting

Posted by Richard Lupo on 10/08/15 07:00

In 2010 the Prime Minister said it was important to “start measuring our progress as a country, not just by how our economy is growing, but by how our lives are improving; not just by our standard of living, but by our quality of life”. Richard Lupo, our Senior Sustainability Consultant (pictured) is carrying out research into a new method of net wellbeing accounting and is looking for volunteer case studies. 

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Topics: Residents, Wellbeing, Energy efficiency

The Energy Company Obligation - how we could get it right this time

Posted by John Stapleton on 06/08/15 07:00

Image courtesy of Rockwool

The last few weeks have been something of a whirlwind for energy efficiency, with announcements coming almost every day – mainly telling us what will not now happen, rather than what will. Reference has been made to the Energy Company Obligation ‘continuing to provide support’, but, pointedly, adding ‘this year’. What is almost certain is that ECO will not remain in its current form.

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Topics: Funding, Government, Energy efficiency

Key terms you need to know if you work in housing - part 2

Posted by Emma Jones on 05/08/15 07:30

Working in housing there are many terms and acronyms that get thrown around. A number of people have suggested to us that it would be useful to put up a list of some of those. Here is our second installment. This is the second part of our 37 terms blog we published earlier (with a few additions from our readers!).

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Topics: SHIFT accreditation standard, Housing Associations, Regulations, Residents, Energy efficiency

Landlords to contractors: “Prove your green credentials”

Posted by John Stapleton on 03/08/15 07:00

The proverbial man from mars would not have to look far for evidence that humans are taking seriously the threat to their planet of climate change. No annual report, CSR statement or ad campaign is nowadays complete without an environmental statement of intent. But he may be puzzled to read this proliferation of earnest literature in conjunction with dire warnings about the consequences of a global temperature rise of 4 degrees C. Which should he believe?

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Topics: Registered Social Landlords, Housing Associations, New build, Benchmarking, Environment, SHIFT contractor

37 terms you need to know if you work in housing - Part 1

Posted by Emma Jones on 31/07/15 07:30

Working in housing, there are many terms and accronyms that get thrown around. A number of people have suggested to us that it would be useful to put up a list of some of those.

Here is our first go.

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Topics: Sustainable Homes, Fuel poverty, Regulations, Housing, Energy efficiency

ECO funding changes affect improvements to home energy efficiency

Posted by Emma Jones on 29/07/15 07:30

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.

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Topics: Retrofit, SHIFT accreditation standard, SHIFT landlord, Energy efficiency

Research on impact of large estate renewal in london revealed

Posted by Emma Jones on 28/07/15 07:00

High Rise Hope Revisited - retrofit works on tower blocks improve quality of life for residentsLSE Housing & Communities carried out a detailed social study of Edward Woods High Rise estate in Hammersmith & Fulham to find out how major retrofit of tower blocks affected the community. The report provoked a lot of interest and estate retrofits elsewhere.

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Topics: Retrofit, Fuel poverty, Renewable energy & heat, SHIFT partner, Energy efficiency

As 2016 target ditched, first apprentices start on groundbreaking zero carbon development

Posted by Guest Author on 23/07/15 15:23

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.

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Topics: New build, Wellbeing

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