Obtaining the data, understanding the issue, facilitating the solution

The more that real world performance of renewables, insulation and behaviour change is understood, the more we can help residents and communities to reduce their fuel bills, carbon emissions and improve quality of life.

We work with leading UK research institutions to bring specialist insight to some of the most difficult housing problems. We have worked with Oxford University, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BIES) and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), along with dozens of major social housing landlords in bespoke research projects. We are currently undertaking an Innovate UK-funded project to develop a tool to harness “big data” to improve decision making on existing and new build homes.

Touching the Voids

Touching_the_voids_front_coverThe impact of energy efficiency on social landlord income and business plans

The research examined data from over 500,000 homes, looking at benefits of energy efficient homes for social landlords’ income. The study found that:

  • as homes become more energy efficient they are void for a shorter length of time – on average, 31% shorter for band B properties compared to those in bands E and F
  • landlords with more energy efficient stock spend less on refurbishing void homes, less on repairs and less on staff time to manage voids
  • rent arrears are on average half a month higher in Band F properties than in other bands
  • other cost savings identified include time spent seeking overdue rent payment, legal costs and court costs which decline by around 35% for more energy efficient homes
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National Energy Study Two

Building on the findings of the first National Energy Study (NES 1), Sustainable Homes’ second National Energy Study (NES 2) evaluates real energy use from over 520 homes over the period of the 2014/15 winter. The homes were spread across the country. The findings have implications for landlords, asset managers, those commissioning installations of boilers or other energy efficiency measures, energy efficiency advisors, housing staff and those working on fuel poverty.

National Energy Study One – part two

Report PART TWO: Further understanding energy use in the home. Sustainable Homes carried out a major study – the National Energy Study (NES) – involving 500 homes, looking at ways to encourage residents to change energy use behaviours. Fourteen housing associations from across the country took part in the winter of 2013-14.

National Energy Study One – part one

Report PART ONE: The effects of feedback on domestic energy use in the home. Sustainable Homes’ National Energy Study (NES) was a major study involving 500 homes, looking at ways to encourage residents to change energy behaviours. Homes from fourteen housing associations across England took part in the winter of 2013-14.

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We can offer bespoke research to meet your needs and collaborate with others to improve understanding and make practical suggestions for action.

Call us on 0208 9730 429 or email info@sustainablehomes.co.uk