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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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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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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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Retuning the Green Machine

October 6, 2015 | Daniel Navarro
The housing sector may have been diverted onto other issues at present, but a Sustainable Homes event ‘Lean & Green’, found that, despite recent announcements, landlords were improving energy efficiency by focusing on the positives, realising efficiencies that also happened to be green – rather than the other way around. Simon Brandon reports.
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King for a day – how I would ensure our homes were fit for the future

September 8, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
After much bloodshed, it is an honour to be crowned as the king of this green and pleasant land. Under my watch, our nation will become more green and more pleasant, overcoming the long, cold winter of inefficient homes. I will take a pair of sharp scissors to the instruction to ‘cut the ‘green crap’, that one of my subjects, who will remain nameless, is alleged to have said. My programme of action for these 24 hours is ambitious, and if it proves popular I respectfully suggest Prince Charles can wait a bit longer.
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The Energy Company Obligation – how we could get it right this time

August 6, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
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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ECO funding changes affect improvements to home energy efficiency

July 29, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
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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Five ways housing associations can make the business case for improving homes

April 12, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
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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