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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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Four observations on social landlords and technology

March 16, 2016 | Sustainable Homes
In the world of social housing, ‘technology’ and ‘innovation’ are too often only associated with things like data management and customer interfaces – in other words, Information Technology. But there is a world of possibility out there. Tom Jarman of your Homes Newcastle, and John Stapleton of Sustainable Homes, identified four areas where social landlords could consider it differently.
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Assessing the potential for overheating in homes

January 19, 2016 | Daniel Navarro
This blog piece is part of a series by Sustainable Homes and the Zero Carbon Hub.  We will explore some of the policies and solutions being developed to address overheating in homes.  Previously we outlined the various definitions of overheating for housing providers; in this second publication we examine the methods of assessing overheating that they use.
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What do we know about how people think of energy?

December 7, 2015 | Daniel Navarro
In the first eight months of 2015, Sustainable Homes carried out meter readings on over 500 homes across the country as part of the National Energy Study 2 to find out more about energy use in the home, and to answer some of the questions raised during the first National Energy Study. This series of blogs looks at the key findings and some of the issues raised.

NES2 – Lord Deben: Important to understand motivations behind energy use

November 30, 2015 | Daniel Navarro
In the first eight months of 2015, Sustainable Homes carried out meter readings on over 500 homes across the country as part of the National Energy Study 2 to find out more about energy use in the home, and to answer some of the questions raised during the first National Energy Study. This series of blogs looks at the key findings and some of the issues raised.
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Wigan and Leigh Homes’ residents pleased with retrofit improvements

November 23, 2015 | Daniel Navarro
Wigan and Leigh Homes (WALH) undertook a CROHM assessment as part of a wider asset management plan agreed with Wigan Council. This analysis determined the best retrofitting alternatives for their 21,000 homes stock. We present in this blog piece an interview with two residents who were benefited with improvements in their homes.
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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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What people really think of retrofit works –interview with households

November 5, 2015 | Daniel Navarro
As winter approaches, concern about fuel poverty is ever-present – at least if you are one of the 2.3 million households in the UK still at risk. There are many ways to address fuel poverty, but energy efficiency improvements remain the best, most sustainable way to reduce energy bills whilst keeping homes warm and healthy.
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Deliberately defining overheating – Part two

October 29, 2015 | Daniel Navarro
This blog piece is part of a series by Sustainable Homes and the Zero Carbon Hub.  We will explore some of the policies and solutions being developed to address overheating in homes.  In part one of this article we outlined the various definitions of overheating. In this second part we examine the approaches taken by housing providers to define and tackle overheating in homes.
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If Volkswagen did homes…?

October 23, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
In April, Which? magazine splashed with a report that many people who drive a new car may have long suspected – the mpg given in the handbook does not quite fit with the number of times they were having to fill up. And three weeks ago the Volkswagen Group dropped its bombshell – test results for levels of dangerous nitrous oxides cars emitted by its vehicles had, in effect, been fabricated.
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National 6 month study on energy performance – findings from 6,000 meter readings

October 21, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
Sustainable Homes has completed the data gathering for its National Energy Study 2, which is looking at the performance gap between predicted and actual energy use in homes, as well as some of the motivators that affect changing energy-use behaviour. Over six thousand meter readings were undertaken.
 
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