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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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Free damp and mould action plan for landlords

April 7, 2016 | Arianna Sdei
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.[1]
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Free CPD on PassivHaus design principles

March 22, 2016 | Sustainable Homes
  Using Passivhaus design principles for new build homes and refurbishment can dramatically reduce carbon emissions, cut residents’ fuel bills and improve general health and wellbeing.  But what are Passivhaus principles?  What’s involved?  What are the costs?  What are the benefits to the landlord?  Sustainable Homes has been alerted to a resource that may help with getting these questions answered.  What’s especially useful is that the resources is free and comes in CPD format, so will be useful to building professionals.

Delivering quality and cost effective new build homes

February 9, 2016 | Sustainable Homes
Now more than ever we need to be building new homes. The UK Government has set the ambitious target to build one million homes by 2020, this means building a minimum of 250,000 new homes per year; an uplift of over 100,000 homes. This represents a huge challenge for the sector.
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Portsmouth refurbishment shows potential for retrofit to re-assert itself

February 4, 2016 | Daniel Navarro
The mood music for retrofit, and in particular solid wall insulation, has not been good of late. Issues have flared up with some installations not performing, sometimes even causing additional problems. The Government’s chief construction adviser was commissioned to report for industry. Peter Bonfield is investigating issues of consumer protection.
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John Prescott announces landlords leading the UK on sustainability and lower bills

November 20, 2015 | Daniel Navarro
Housing associations gathered last week in Manchester to celebrate outstanding achievement in sustainability. The SHIFT Awards are the UK’s sustainability awards for landlords, recognising achievements in reducing environmental impacts, lowering costs and improving the quality of life for their residents.
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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.
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More landlords move to verify their environmental impacts

October 16, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
Evidencing sustainability credentials is becoming increasingly important to businesses. Companies who have a plan to deal with climate change, which place sustainability at the core of their business and who report regularly on their progress usually outperform those who do not.
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Retrofit and ventilation – storing up health problems down the line?

September 18, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
I’m sure we can all think of a time when we have lived or stayed in a cold house. The memory of stiff limbs and visible breath can leave few people in doubt that living in a cold home can have serious impacts on the health of residents. Understandably, there have been growing calls to improve the energy efficiency and air-tightness of our homes to prevent heat loss and improve the quality of our homes. This is fantastic, but what about the risks associated with the warm, damp homes that this process could produce? There is a growing body of evidence linking homes with higher SAP values to increased instances of asthma.
 
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