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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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Five key events to power up your sustainability campaign this year

March 15, 2016 | Sustainable Homes
SHIFT landlords often ask us about how they can better engage staff and residents on sustainability issues. Planning your internal or resident engagement around worldwide movements is a great way to create a buzz and gain interest. Utilise these events to encourage your colleagues and residents to take action and increase buy-in into your organisation’s sustainability agenda.
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Wigan and Leigh Homes’ residents pleased with retrofit improvements

November 23, 2015 | Daniel Navarro
Wigan and Leigh Homes (WALH) undertook a CROHM assessment as part of a wider asset management plan agreed with Wigan Council. This analysis determined the best retrofitting alternatives for their 21,000 homes stock. We present in this blog piece an interview with two residents who were benefited with improvements in their homes.
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Top tips for impressing colleagues

August 27, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
It is the end of August, you may have been on holiday.  When you come back you want to make an impact.  You want to look dynamic, decisive and intelligent. We’ve gathered up some top insight on how you can make that massive impact in those August and September meetings.  What do you think? 

Lead the way on net wellbeing accounting

August 10, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
In 2010 the Prime Minister said it was important to “start measuring our progress as a country, not just by how our economy is growing, but by how our lives are improving; not just by our standard of living, but by our quality of life”. Richard Lupo, our Senior Sustainability Consultant (pictured) is carrying out research into a new method of net wellbeing accounting and is looking for volunteer case studies. 
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Lead the way on net wellbeing accounting

August 10, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
In 2010 the Prime Minister said it was important to “start measuring our progress as a country, not just by how our economy is growing, but by how our lives are improving; not just by our standard of living, but by our quality of life”. Richard Lupo, our Senior Sustainability Consultant (pictured) is carrying out research into a new method of net wellbeing accounting and is looking for volunteer case studies. 
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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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Analysis shows Right to Buy to hit rural communities particularly hard

June 24, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
The Conservative party manifesto pledge was to offer 1 million people the Right to Buy their social housing homes. Government seem committed to this policy. There are significant ramifications for our sector. Sue Chalkley OBE, chief executive of SHIFT landlord Hastoe Housing Association, has spent some time considering the impact on rural communities. Here we bring you her thoughts on the topic.
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Sustainable Swan: our commitment to sustainability

May 27, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
At Swan, sustainability is about creating healthy, vibrant communities that meet the diverse needs of our residents, both now and in the future. Our commitment to sustainability means we strive to protect and enhance the environment, use natural resources wisely and build social cohesion.
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Are you charging your residents too much for communal heat?

April 14, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
What do others charge for heat supplied?  What is the normal daily standing charge?  These costs can be quite tricky for landlord and tenant relationships.  As there is no national benchmark, the rates charged can often lead to complaints. This is especially difficult when residents compare metered heat prices with gas prices.
 
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