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Five steps towards green housing

September 27, 2018 | Cecily Church
For this year’s World Green Building Week the focus has been on housing. Comprising 40% of our total energy use,… Read more

2050 – Too near or too far?

September 21, 2018 | Bill Wright
There has been a very mixed sense of urgency and hope, but also despair and denial surrounding climate change for… Read more

Seven ways to raise flood awareness this winter

November 14, 2017 | Begum Bidik Nash
Two months into the windstorm season, the UK has already experienced three major incidents resulting in fatalities and injuries, damage… Read more

How to reduce flooding damage to homes

February 17, 2016 | Sustainable Homes
The problem Climate change is set to increase the frequency and magnitude of severe flooding events in the UK. A new study ‘Projections of future flood risk in the UK’ finds that by the 2050s an additional half a million homes are projected to flood[1]. Over £200 billion worth of assets are at risk in Britain[2].

Largest UK landlords responding to increased flood & overheating risks

July 15, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
There is increased attention being put on building homes that are fit for the future, but 85% of our current homes will still be around in 2050. With global temperatures set to rise anywhere between 1°C and 4°C, there is a growing concern about how these homes will cope with the future climate.

Overheating, flood risk, carbon – new figures on landlord impacts

June 15, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
New research was published last week on the work registered social landlords are doing to improve their environmental performance. Environmental benchmarking is improving processes and helping to save thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions and millions of cubic meters of water, as well as improving the homes and lives of residents.

NHS Valentines treat – save millions by adapting homes to climate change

February 13, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching on Saturday there is a lot of talk about love and happiness. It may just be that housing can provide the NHS with quite a nice Valentines present by reducing health visits by the thousands and saving the NHS millions. But how? We all know there is a link between quality of housing and health of residents. We were commissioned by the London Climate Change Partnership (LCCP); to investigate the actual costs and benefits of considering adapting our homes to a changing climate. The work analysed the impact of adaptation works to 200 homes in the Colne and Mersea tower blocks in Barking and Dagenham in London, to provide evidence to help landlords make the case for adaptation.

Move aside King Canute: is it time for adaptation to move up the agenda?

July 2, 2014 | Sustainable Homes
One of the many difficulties with persuading the venerable human psyche we all possess that it is really – no really­ – time to act on climate change is that for most in the UK it remains a fundamentally abstract notion. Most, but not all – as was alarmingly demonstrated in recent memory on the Somerset Levels and elsewhere. Similarly, the issue of overheating, leading to what are somewhat-callously known as ‘excess deaths’, are rightly becoming a media focal point each summer as much as those from the cold in winter.

Experts gathered to discuss how to become flood-resilient

May 7, 2014 | Sustainable Homes
Representatives from leading housing associations, local authorities, consultancies, universities and architecture companies gathered at a Breakfast at Sustainable Homes (B@SH) event on 1st May. Held at the London’s Living Room, City Hall, in partnership with Green Sky Thinking week, the morning’s discussion and debate focused on flooding and what actions we can take.

£5,000 grant opens for homes impacted by flooding

April 15, 2014 | Sustainable Homes
The UK is seeing an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather conditions such as flooding, heat waves and water scarcity. The Sustainable Development Commission estimates that 70% of housing stock that will be inhibited in 2050 has been built. A relationship between dwellings construction age and impacts of the climate change has been established. Most of the social housing was not built with climate change in mind. It means that effective measures have to be taken during retrofitting to adopt homes to suit our changing climate.
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