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.
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.
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.
Catalyst is one of the leading housing associations in London and the South East. We are an award-winning developer and manage more than 22,000 homes for people on a range of incomes – from social, affordable and intermediate rented homes, to sheltered housing, shared ownership as well as homes for outright sale.
Excess humidity, damp and mould growth is present in almost half of UK homes, with severe cases affecting over 598,000 properties. A significant majority of these belong to social housing providers for whom this is a long standing problem, and the costs are substantial.
At Sustainable Homes we know that the recent heat metering regulations have concentrated effort on installing meters in heat networks. This is good for residents, because they get charged only for what they use as opposed to a flat rate regardless of what they use. It’s also good for the environment because, when heat meters are installed the heat usage is generally more efficient and so results in fewer carbon emissions.
Sustainable Homes is always looking out for opportunities for landlords to save money and improve environmental performance. In this article we look at some of things that can be done with prepayment meters.
Following an earlier article exploring the current context of housing in New Zealand, this article sets out some of the more successful innovative initiatives improving homes and improving quality of life.