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A growing population, more homes, less water?

April 25, 2017 | Guest Author
In this guest post Alice Hill, Water Efficiency Project Coordinator at Thames Water discusses how housing providers can increase water… Read more

If Volkswagen did homes…?

October 23, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
In April, Which? magazine splashed with a report that many people who drive a new car may have long suspected – the mpg given in the handbook does not quite fit with the number of times they were having to fill up. And three weeks ago the Volkswagen Group dropped its bombshell – test results for levels of dangerous nitrous oxides cars emitted by its vehicles had, in effect, been fabricated.

Opportunity for involvement in national research on new build performance

September 23, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
There is increasing attention being paid to design versus as-built energy use. Some homes that were built to higher standards were tested and found not to be delivering the energy performance that had been specified – sometimes significantly underperforming. Understanding the reasons behind this ‘performance gap’ is vital to ensuring that new build homes are warmer, more comfortable to live in and cheaper to run.

Landlords to contractors: “Prove your green credentials”

August 3, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
The proverbial man from mars would not have to look far for evidence that humans are taking seriously the threat to their planet of climate change. No annual report, CSR statement or ad campaign is nowadays complete without an environmental statement of intent. But he may be puzzled to read this proliferation of earnest literature in conjunction with dire warnings about the consequences of a global temperature rise of 4 degrees C. Which should he believe?

Accreditation driving large-scale reductions in environmental impacts

July 20, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
SHIFT is the sustainability standard for the housing sector. It measures the sustainability and work being undertaken to reduce fuel poverty. Over 2.4 million people are housed by organisations involved. After years and years of running the scheme we wanted to know, does accreditation have impact? Do our clients find it useful?

Report: New research on environmental performance of UK landlords

June 12, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
On Wednesday, THE REVIEW: UK social landlords – environmental performance 2014/15, was launched at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Westminster. The report summarises the key findings from the last round of assessments that accredited landlords have undergone and the progress they have made on various environmental performance measures, from the energy efficiency of homes through to flood and overheating risks and resident engagement.

The wait is over! New sustainable home building standard is announced

April 21, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
After over a year of disruption since government announced “winding down” of the Code for Sustainable Homes, a new home building standard has finally been announced.  It is called the Home Quality Mark (HQM) and is being developed by BRE.

Keepmoat signs up to be independently verified with new ‘SHIFT for Contractors’ benchmark

April 14, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
Leading regeneration specialist Keepmoat has announced it is the first to sign up to the new SHIFT for Contractors benchmark. The newly extended standard will make it easier for housing providers to evaluate the environmental performance of contractors and the supply chain, facilitating cooperation and collaboration between housing associations and contractors.

More sustainable contractors – landlords welcome SHIFT evaluation plan

February 19, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
Sustainable Homes currently manages the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT), the national environmental performance benchmarking group for social landlords. Recently, we have been approached by a number of contractors and local authority DLOs to develop a measurement tool that’s consistent with this SHIFT index. The move to develop such a tool has so far been welcomed by both housing providers and contractors, who see this as a way to make it easier for landlords to check the environmental credentials of suppliers.
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