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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
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Who is driving change in housing?

October 28, 2016 | Emma Jones
The SHIFT Awards this year promise to be an exciting event. We are celebrating the fantastic achievements of the housing… Read more
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A brave new world for housing

October 20, 2016 | Bevan Jones
Last week in Manchester proved to be a Brave New World all round. It was my first conference  as Managing… Read more
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“Black mould”? Someone else’s fault

October 19, 2016 | Emma Jones
New research to help landlords and residents understand causes and solutions to condensation issues. The problem Damp, mould and condensation… Read more
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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.
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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;
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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”.
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Accredited retrofit training course dates announced

August 11, 2016 | Sustainable Homes
We all know we need to get retrofitting millions of homes.  Do we have the skills?  Recent government reports suggest that skills need to improve if we are to leave well ventilated, warm, healthy  homes.
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Your chance to shape leading research for the housing sector this winter!

June 9, 2016 | Begum Bidik Nash
Sustainable Homes carries out research into the areas that are of most value to the housing sector. Over the last few years, we have looked into the impact of feedback on residents’ energy use, the performance gap in existing homes and new builds, and the link between rent arrears and improved energy efficiency. We received great feedback and gained involvement from government, landlords and the supply chain.  Now is your chance to provide input on our next research proposals and submit your own idea for Sustainable Homes to take forward.
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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.
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New funding announced to support smart meter rollout

May 18, 2016 | Arianna Sdei
A new fund launches today, open to applications from not-for-profit organisations who can help engage people and communities across Britain with information about how to get and use smart meters.
 
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