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Housing White Paper: open consultation

March 29, 2017 | Bevan Jones
The Housing White Paper, Fixing our Broken Housing Market was released on 7 February. The Government has done a good… Read more

Builders Book and roasting residents

November 8, 2016 | Guest Author
“So,” I hear you ask, “what is the connection between the Builders Book and roasting residents?” Well, if you’re asking…….. Read more

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

Plan to act with the new Planning Act

September 12, 2016 | Richard Lupo
It seems that not all authorities are aware of, or prepared for, some of their new responsibilities under the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The blink and you’ll miss it clause relating to energy efficiency and sustainability has been missed by many and understood by a few. Here is an extract of the actual wording taken from section 210 under Part 8 “Public Authority Land”.

Welsh Government in world first – Greening the dragon

June 14, 2016 | Arianna Sdei
The Welsh Wellbeing for Future Generation Act received royal assent in April 2015. The Act is an innovative piece of legislation that has the potential to lead the country, and the world, towards a sustainable future. The Act responds to issues of climate change, poverty, health, inequality and jobs and growth. It legislates on working differently and working together.

Zero carbon homes policy lives on – what will Mayoral candidates do for housing standards

April 27, 2016 | Arianna Sdei
It is only a week before Londoners head to the polls to choose a successor to the incumbent Boris Johnson, stepping down from an office which enjoys considerable powers over housing, planning and energy. Each candidate has a different idea on how to resolve the shortage – but all have promised to build 200,000 homes by 2020 or 50,000 every year.

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. 

Treasury propose carbon tax for charities and public bodies

October 23, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
Treasury has published a consultation on streamlining carbon reporting. Hidden in the consultation, aptly named “Reforming the business energy efficiency tax landscape” is a proposal for charities and public bodies to report, and potentially pay tax, for their carbon emissions.

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.

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

August 5, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
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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