Catalyst is one of the leading housing associations in London and the South East. We are an award-winning developer and manage more than 22,000 homes for people on a range of incomes – from social, affordable and intermediate rented homes, to sheltered housing, shared ownership as well as homes for outright sale.
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.
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.
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.
Most people agree that getting the UK’s housing up to scratch is a daunting prospect – retrofitting every home in the UK to 95% less carbon is a massive job that has barely begun. In fact, at current rates of progress we need to refurbish over 13,000 a week to meet our carbon targets.
Recently, we have been approached by several contractors and members of DLOs looking to develop a sustainability methodology for direct labour organizations (DLO). If you are interested in getting involved with something like this, here is your opportunity to help shape it. We are holding a workshop to discuss what this methodology would look like.
The monetary benefits of comparing the energy market and switching suppliers are well-documented in the media, and have been for years. With just a few clicks of the mouse, or a 10-minute phone call, the consumer have the power to change the company that supplies our gas and electricity, and could save potentially hundreds of pounds of year by moving to a more competitive tariff.
Sustainable Homes held a useful conference on making offices and operations greener. The event was held in Farringdon, London on 15th July. SHIFT members came together to discuss how to reduce the environmental impacts of their offices and operations, learn from other members’ experiences and share best practice.
With energy costs for businesses forecast to increase by 30% by 2020 and carbon emissions showing little sign of slowing, a £5,000 grant from Low Carbon Workspaces to install energy saving measures is a strong motivator for SMEs to take action. Low Carbon workspaces helps SMEs identify energy saving measures to help reduce their properties CO2 footprint and reduce energy costs by offering a match funded grant of up to £ 5,000 to help pay for the installation of energy efficiency solutions.