These findings came out of a national eight month study in over 500 homes. Sustainable Homes, who managed the study, assessed homes and behaviours of people living in their homes throughout England. Thirteen leading housing associations provided homes for the study.
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.
Creating sustainable homes and attacking bills is not all about large scale investment in retrofit programmes: there are some really simple tools at your disposal if you know where to look. In the first of an occasional series we look at an easy ‘Quick Win’ that SHIFT member Your Homes Newcastle rolled out with Save Water, Save Money.
Water efficiency experts, Save Water Save Money, are pleased to announce they have been recognised at the UK Water Efficiency Awards 2014 as runners-up in the highly competitive Innovation category for their pioneering initiative – ‘The Sustainable Communities Partnership’.
Last year, 2013, saw a number of environmental initiatives scuppered. The following are four steps that can be taken to reduce fuel bills, improve our quality of life and save any huskie hugging reputations.
Sustainable Homes is aware of the damaging impact the recently flooding has had on thousands of homes. This is a growing problem. Malcolm Tarling, Spokesman, Association of British Insurers has commented “We are seeing an increase in the frequency of these large scale events. Getting a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours is becoming the norm.”
The world’s climate and weather patterns are changing. Global temperatures are rising causing more extreme weather conditions. According to current projections, the average annual temperature in the UK might rise by as much as 5oC by 2080. The frequency and intensity of extreme weather events have demonstrated how Great Britain is affected by climate change. Examples include the floods throughout the country during the summer season in 2012 or most recently during the Christmas period 2013 as well as the drought and heat waves of early 2012. In the coming decades, an increase in the frequency and severity of the severe weather conditions is projected.
The National Housing Maintenance Forum asked Sustainable Homes to present at their annual conference as they were keen to include sustainability in their advice to members. They also asked us to contribute to their bulletin. So here’s part 1 of what we wrote, which covers energy and water. Part 2 will follow in a later blog and will cover climate adaptation, ecology and waste.
SWIG was conceived in 2008 by a group who came together with the idea of applying ‘whole system thinking’ to sustainable water management; pulling together several strands to give a better and more sustainable result.