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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.

Retuning the Green Machine

October 6, 2015 | Daniel Navarro
The housing sector may have been diverted onto other issues at present, but a Sustainable Homes event ‘Lean & Green’, found that, despite recent announcements, landlords were improving energy efficiency by focusing on the positives, realising efficiencies that also happened to be green – rather than the other way around. Simon Brandon reports.

The Energy Company Obligation – how we could get it right this time

August 6, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
Image courtesy of Rockwool The last few weeks have been something of a whirlwind for energy efficiency, with announcements coming almost every day – mainly telling us what will not now happen, rather than what will. Reference has been made to the Energy Company Obligation ‘continuing to provide support’, but, pointedly, adding ‘this year’. What is almost certain is that ECO will not remain in its current form.

Osborne’s budget turns away from the environment

July 9, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
We always knew that the new Government’s first priority was not going to be clean air or the environment.  It is though still surprising to see the brazen way in which it is being downplayed, especially as we are told the Government still supports the global 2 degree climate change target. Does it? Can it square the circle?  Let’s have a look at the impact of yesterday’s Budget announcements. 

Analysis shows Right to Buy to hit rural communities particularly hard

June 24, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
The Conservative party manifesto pledge was to offer 1 million people the Right to Buy their social housing homes. Government seem committed to this policy. There are significant ramifications for our sector. Sue Chalkley OBE, chief executive of SHIFT landlord Hastoe Housing Association, has spent some time considering the impact on rural communities. Here we bring you her thoughts on the topic.

Four problems with zero carbon homes and what we can do about them

March 17, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
It is quite easy to argue that this government has backtracked on their commitments to environmental issues. One policy with continued support though is the commitment for new build homes to be built to zero carbon from 2016. The commitment to a far reaching goal for new build homes is impressive. It compares starkly with policy towards existing homes, where funding to improve the UK’s leakiest homes (the energy company obligation) was dismantled at short notice. There are four key opportunities to improve the zero carbon policy as it stands.

Tackling overheating in the home – National survey

November 20, 2014 | Sustainable Homes
We know there are already cases of homes overheating in the UK and that the incidence and severity is likely to worsen as our climate changes. What we don’t know is how much of a concern overheating is within the mainstream energy efficiency and construction sectors and whether organisations are already gearing up to address this issue.
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