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A sustainable change in housing?

September 22, 2016 | Bevan Jones
On the surface it looks like sustainability has had its day. Regulations have been eroded, programmes to improve the energy efficiency of housing have stalled;

Quantifying the effects of climate change on wellbeing

July 26, 2016 | Richard Lupo
Perhaps one of the most important environmental impacts at the moment is that of carbon emissions. Would it be a good idea to be able to quantify how many people are affected per tonne of carbon emitted? Yes it would, because this can then be used in wellbeing accounting and then managed accordingly.

Adapting homes to overheating

April 6, 2016 | Arianna Sdei
Back in December 2014, 75 housebuilders, social landlords, architects and others representing 208,047 homes in the UK participated in our survey, produced with the Zero Carbon Hub, on overheating in homes. The survey asked participants to describe, for example, how they define and assess overheating risk in residential properties. It also asked those responding to say what was motivating them to take action. Customer satisfaction came high on the list. Other incentives included having had overheating problems in the past, and the presence of local authority requirements in Local Plans.

How to reduce flooding damage to homes

February 17, 2016 | Sustainable Homes
The problem Climate change is set to increase the frequency and magnitude of severe flooding events in the UK. A new study ‘Projections of future flood risk in the UK’ finds that by the 2050s an additional half a million homes are projected to flood[1]. Over £200 billion worth of assets are at risk in Britain[2].

Green Campaigner gets on his bike…

November 11, 2015 | Daniel Navarro
A Liverpool man is planning to put his green credentials to the test by attempting a zero-carbon commute – to Paris.

Largest UK landlords responding to increased flood & overheating risks

July 15, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
There is increased attention being put on building homes that are fit for the future, but 85% of our current homes will still be around in 2050. With global temperatures set to rise anywhere between 1°C and 4°C, there is a growing concern about how these homes will cope with the future climate.

Osborne’s budget turns away from the environment

July 9, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
We always knew that the new Government’s first priority was not going to be clean air or the environment.  It is though still surprising to see the brazen way in which it is being downplayed, especially as we are told the Government still supports the global 2 degree climate change target. Does it? Can it square the circle?  Let’s have a look at the impact of yesterday’s Budget announcements. 

Keeping you and your residents cool – NHS advice

July 1, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
The very young, the elderly and the seriously ill are particularly at risk when the weather is very hot. In particular, very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.

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.
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