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The SHIFT Awards are here

April 3, 2017 | Bevan Jones
Sustainable Homes launch the SHIFT Awards 2017 today – we’re really looking forward to this year’s event. Take a look… 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

Fitting bricks: it may seem scary to use BIM but the rewards are great

September 26, 2016 | Richard Lupo
We’re told that when a bricklayer first walks onto a building site, the first thing he or she does is not lay any bricks.  They spend quite a bit of time working out exactly where the windows should be.  This is because they want to position them exactly such that there is a neat half brick / whole brick pattern around the window frame.  A very neat aim, but surely this is all on the architect’s drawing.  Well, apparently not.  Not, that is, unless the drawing is created under a Building Information Modelling (BIM) regime.  A BIM drawing would show bricklayers exactly where the windows should be to create the desired, neat effect.  This can save nearly a day of bricklayers’ time on site and serves as just one example of how BIM can cut costs on site.

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;

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”.

A real energy shake up?

August 3, 2016 | Bevan Jones
It feels like a long time since the Competitions and Market’s Authority (CMA) undertook its investigation into competition in the energy sector – two years in fact.

Complete district heating survey for a chance to win a £50 M&S voucher

July 27, 2016 | Sustainable Homes
Making up only 2% of the UK’s heating demand, district and communal heating has the potential for great expansion, bringing with it a whole host of benefits. The government is promoting its expansion and development, and social landlords are in a key position to help with this growth.

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.

Major findings from research on financial impacts of energy efficiency to be revealed at CIH 2016

June 7, 2016 | Daniel Navarro
When any organisation, including a landlord, is able to use its assets more efficiently this can make their business plans stronger and more resilient. Sustainable Homes wanted to explore the impacts that, unbeknownst to landlords, higher quality, and energy efficient properties might have on bottom lines. Anecdotal evidence suggested there may be a link. Analysis by Hastoe Group, for example, revealed that properties retrofitted to a high energy efficiency standard had, on average, half the rent arrears of others.

New build 10% cheaper, loads of % better – using BIM

May 31, 2016 | Richard Lupo
We’re told that when a bricklayer first walks onto a building site, the first thing he or she does is not lay any bricks.  They spend quite a bit of time working out exactly where the windows should be.  This is because they want to position them exactly such that there is a neat half brick / whole brick pattern around the window frame.  A very neat aim, but surely this is all on the architect’s drawing.  Well, apparently not.  Not, that is, unless the drawing is created under a Building Information Modelling (BIM) regime.  A BIM drawing would show bricklayers exactly where the windows should be to create the desired, neat effect.  This can save nearly a day of bricklayers’ time on site and serves as just one example of how BIM can cut costs on site.

New research finds nearly half of UK couples argue over the heating

May 25, 2016 | Arianna Sdei
  The weather is getting warmer, but that doesn’t mean we’re all switching our heating off just yet. The inevitable heating debates continue. Nearly half of couples argue over whether or not to touch the thermostat, according to a survey commissioned by heating and air conditioning specialist Andrews Sykes.
 
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