SunConcept, the leading installer and maintainer of solar PV, has joined the SHIFT, the national benchmarking group. Recent changes to the Feed in Tariff have presented a challenge to the industry as well as social landlords, SunConcept use the latest CAD and solar modelling software to ensure energy generation and income are maximised and the numbers stack up – as well as providing free electricity for residents and cutting emissions.
It is only a week before Londoners head to the polls to choose a successor to the incumbent Boris Johnson, stepping down from an office which enjoys considerable powers over housing, planning and energy. Each candidate has a different idea on how to resolve the shortage – but all have promised to build 200,000 homes by 2020 or 50,000 every year.
The recent climate change agreement in Paris has shown a world appetite for reducing impacts and operating more sustainably. Landlords in the UK have for some time, led on sustainability, reducing emissions and installation of renewables.
Hastoe Housing Association has created this infographic summarising their main accomplishments in several areas of their operations. Their SHIFT accreditation is helping to measure and improve their energy and water efficiency and community engagement. They are now one of the greenest landlords in the UK (hoorah). We thought a summary explaining some of their work might be of interest.
With our planet’s natural resources depleting and energy costs rapidly rising, the demand for sustainable building solutions grows every day. This year is slated to be a huge year for sustainable technology, with many major releases. Here are five sustainable building solutions to watch for in 2015.
LSE Housing & Communities carried out a detailed social study of Edward Woods High Rise estate in Hammersmith & Fulham to find out how major retrofit of tower blocks affected the community. The report provoked a lot of interest and estate retrofits elsewhere.
Housing Associations keen to improve their environmental credentials while tackling fuel poverty for their residents have increasingly turned to solar panels. But in recent years, despite a large drop in price, uncertainty has been created by changes to the feed in tariffs offered to solar installations.
On one of our SHIFT visits to Sanctuary Housing we had the opportunity to view a recently refurbished home. It was the first home refurbished as part of Sanctuary’s forward thinking ambition to ensure that all their homes achieve carbon reduction levels that align with the UK’s commitment.
Richard Lupo, Senior Sustainability Consultant at Sustainable Homes, is always looking for the latest innovation when it comes to sustainability in the built environment. Be it through talking with clients, searching the internet or while on his many bike rides and/or runs, Richard always has a story. Here Richard writes about his latest visual spot of a unique method of incorporating renewable energy technology in homes.
The historic decree issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency in June on behalf of President Obama to cut emissions from power plants by 30% was by no means the last word in America’s path to a low carbon future, but it has nevertheless spurred prospects for a global deal on climate change. It also shows that leadership on this issue is possible, especially when the arguments are reframed more along public health grounds, bringing US public opinion onside and isolating Congress.
The Minister of Environment and Climate Change asked Sustainable Homes, the Carbon Saving Alliance and National Housing Federation how the affordable housing sector could potentially assist with increasing uptake of the renewable heat incentive. Sustainable Homes analysed this issue and surveyed our SHIFT members. Organisations housing more than 310,000 homes fed back. The following is a summary of some of what we found.