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A brave new world for housing

October 20, 2016 | Bevan Jones
Last week in Manchester proved to be a Brave New World all round. It was my first conference¬† as Managing… Read more
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A sustainable change in housing?

September 22, 2016 | Bevan Jones
On the surface it looks like sustainability has had its day. Regulations have been eroded, programmes to improve the energy efficiency of housing have stalled;
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Major findings from research on financial impacts of energy efficiency to be revealed at CIH 2016

June 7, 2016 | Daniel Navarro
When any organisation, including a landlord, is able to use its assets more efficiently this can make their business plans stronger and more resilient. Sustainable Homes wanted to explore the impacts that, unbeknownst to landlords, higher quality, and energy efficient properties might have on bottom lines. Anecdotal evidence suggested there may be a link. Analysis by Hastoe Group, for example, revealed that properties retrofitted to a high energy efficiency standard had, on average, half the rent arrears of others.
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New funding announced to support smart meter rollout

May 18, 2016 | Arianna Sdei
A new fund launches today, open to applications from not-for-profit organisations who can help engage people and communities across Britain with information about how to get and use smart meters.
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A small win for energy efficiency: tenants can now request improvements

May 3, 2016 | Daniel Navarro
The 1st of April was a small step forward for energy efficiency: tenants in private rented accommodation now have the right to request energy efficiency improvements according to the Private Rented Sector Tenants’ Energy Efficiency Improvements Provisions.
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Four observations on social landlords and technology

March 16, 2016 | Sustainable Homes
In the world of social housing, ‘technology’ and ‘innovation’ are too often only associated with things like data management and customer interfaces – in other words, Information Technology. But there is a world of possibility out there. Tom Jarman of your Homes Newcastle, and John Stapleton of Sustainable Homes, identified four areas where social landlords could consider it differently.
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Saving money tips for landlords that also help residents

February 12, 2016 | Sustainable Homes
Sustainable Homes is always looking out for opportunities for landlords to save money and improve environmental performance. In this article we look at some of things that can be done with prepayment meters.

Delivering quality and cost effective new build homes

February 9, 2016 | Sustainable Homes
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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Sustainable housing in New Zealand – challenges and progress

January 21, 2016 | Daniel Navarro
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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How energy efficiency can save you money on your mortgage

January 14, 2016 | Daniel Navarro
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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