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    Efficiency | flooding | energy costs | bills |
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Sustainable Homes Blog

Delivering quality and cost effective new build homes

Posted by Sustainable Homes on 09/02/16 08:00

Now more than ever we need to be building new homes. The UK Government has set the ambitious target to build one million homes by 2020, this means building a minimum of 250,000 new homes per year; an uplift of over 100,000 homes. This represents a huge challenge for the sector.

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Topics: SHIFT accreditation standard, New build, Technology, BIM

Portsmouth refurbishment shows potential for retrofit to re-assert itself

Posted by Guest Author on 04/02/16 14:00

The mood music for retrofit, and in particular solid wall insulation, has not been good of late. Issues have flared up with some installations not performing, sometimes even causing additional problems. The Government’s chief construction adviser was commissioned to report for industry. Peter Bonfield is investigating issues of consumer protection.

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Topics: Retrofit, Insulation, SHIFT partner

Policies revolutionising the state of New Zealand’s housing

Posted by Andrew Eagles on 29/01/16 07:30

Following an earlier article exploring the current context of housing in New Zealand, this article sets out some of the more successful innovative initiatives improving homes and improving quality of life.

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Topics: Insulation, Fuel poverty, Funding, Regulations & Standards, Housing, Government

Five amazing things you never knew about Sustainable Homes

Posted by Magdalena Bilinska on 27/01/16 08:00

We usually write some good stuff about policy, regulation and funding. We also write about case studies of homes and retrofit.

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Topics: Consultation, Sustainable Homes, Overheating, research, housing sector

Sustainable housing in New Zealand - challenges and progress

Posted by Andrew Eagles on 21/01/16 08:00

We are striving to improve the quality of the UK’s homes and reduce fuel poverty.  It is often useful to consider the state of housing in other countries and the policy leavers being used to generate change. 

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Topics: Insulation, Fuel poverty, Funding, Regulations & Standards, Housing, Government

Assessing the potential for overheating in homes

Posted by Daniel Navarro on 19/01/16 11:00

This blog piece is part of a series by Sustainable Homes and the Zero Carbon Hub.  We will explore some of the policies and solutions being developed to address overheating in homes.  Previously we outlined the various definitions of overheating for housing providers; in this second publication we examine the methods of assessing overheating that they use.

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Topics: Social housing, Housing Associations, Overheating, Housing

How energy efficiency can save you money on your mortgage

Posted by Guest Author on 14/01/16 13:30

What is a green mortgage?

Already widespread in the USA, green mortgages are still relatively unknown in the UK even though they are gaining exposure. As more and more people are paying attention to environmental issues around the world, UK banks have started to follow suit and have extended their offers to this new kind of mortgage.

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Topics: Value for money, Finance

How SHIFT landlord won top award for regeneration scheme

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 11/01/16 08:00

Plymouth Community Homes’ regeneration of North Prospect was named the Regeneration Scheme of the Year at the Inside Housing Top 60 Awards. This blog piece is part of a series we are doing looking in depth at leading schemes of housing associations.

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Topics: Retrofit, Sustainable Homes, Housing, Energy efficiency

New standard for homes – the Home Quality Mark hits the ground running...

Posted by Daniel Navarro on 07/01/16 07:30

The Home Quality Mark (HQM) is now open for registrations in England. It will be live for other home nations soon. So we wanted to get under the bonnet and have a think about what it is and how it works. Read More

Topics: Energy Performance, Regulations & Standards, Housing

The good, the bad and the opportunities for 2016

Posted by Andrew Eagles on 05/01/16 07:30

As we start 2016 year, following is a quick recap of the good, the bad and the opportunities from 2015.

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Topics: Heating, Sustainability, Fuel poverty, Energy, Environment, Housing, Government, Carbon

New findings - up  to 20 per cent of homes may leave their heating on in summer

Posted by Arianna Sdei on 21/12/15 07:30

These findings came out of a national eight month study in over 500 homes.  Sustainable Homes, who managed the study, assessed homes and behaviours of people living in their homes throughout England. Thirteen leading housing associations provided homes for the study.

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Topics: Water, Energy, Bills, Housing

Draughts in homes - a big hidden issue

Posted by Bill Wright on 21/12/15 07:30

These findings came out of a national eight month study in over 500 homes.  Sustainable Homes, who managed the study, assessed homes and behaviours of people living in their homes throughout England.  Thirteen leading housing associations provided homes for the study

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Topics: Sustainable Homes, National Energy Study, Health, Energy, Wellbeing, research

COP 21 - Now let's get the job done! – key steps UK can take to rapidly decarbonise

Posted by Arianna Sdei on 16/12/15 07:30

It is hard not to overstate the importance of the recent COP 21 success. It is a truly monumental achievement. 196 countries agreed to text setting out a commitment to limit emissions and reverse climate change.  There was also commitment to provide funding for those most impacted by climate change so they can adapt.   

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Topics: Retrofit, Sustainability, Energy, Housing, Carbon

Impacts of Right to Buy on housing association tenants

Posted by Daniel Navarro on 14/12/15 07:30

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) published some important new research on the impact of the Right to Buy extension on housing association tenants.

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Topics: Social housing, Local authorities, Regulations & Standards, Housing, Government

BBA slams new MMC housing materials

Posted by Emma Jones on 10/12/15 09:22

Sustainable Homes recently enlisted the support of several Housing Associations, supply chain companies and other housing professionals to test out their new 'gingery' proposal.

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Topics: Sustainable Homes, Renewable energy & heat, Ecology, MMC, Housing

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