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Show me the money

February 15, 2017 | Sarah Daly
When people talk about sustainability measures and energy efficiency investment, too often the first question will be “is there funding?”… Read more

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

SunConcept joins SHIFT sustainability benchmarking group

May 13, 2016 | Arianna Sdei
SunConcept, the leading installer and maintainer of solar PV, has joined the SHIFT, the national benchmarking group.  Recent changes to the Feed in Tariff have presented a challenge to the industry as well as social landlords, SunConcept use the latest CAD and solar modelling software to ensure energy generation and income are maximised and the numbers stack up – as well as providing free electricity for residents and cutting emissions.

Zero carbon homes policy lives on – what will Mayoral candidates do for housing standards

April 27, 2016 | Arianna Sdei
It is only a week before Londoners head to the polls to choose a successor to the incumbent Boris Johnson, stepping down from an office which enjoys considerable powers over housing, planning and energy. Each candidate has a different idea on how to resolve the shortage – but all have promised to build 200,000 homes by 2020 or 50,000 every year.

Landlords set out steps to improve efficiency & reduce impacts

February 23, 2016 | Sustainable Homes
The recent climate change agreement in Paris has shown a world appetite for reducing impacts and operating more sustainably. Landlords in the UK have for some time, led on sustainability, reducing emissions and installation of renewables.  Hastoe Housing Association has created this infographic summarising their main accomplishments in several areas of their operations. Their SHIFT accreditation is helping to measure and improve their energy and water efficiency and community engagement. They are now one of the greenest landlords in the UK (hoorah).   We thought a summary explaining some of their work might be of interest.   

BBA slams new MMC housing materials

December 10, 2015 | Daniel Navarro
Sustainable Homes recently enlisted the support of several Housing Associations, supply chain companies and other housing professionals to test out their new ‘gingery’ proposal.

5 big sustainable building solutions to watch for this year

August 13, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
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.

Research on impact of large estate renewal in london revealed

July 28, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
LSE Housing & Communities carried out a detailed social study of Edward Woods High Rise estate in Hammersmith & Fulham to find out how major retrofit of tower blocks affected the community. The report provoked a lot of interest and estate retrofits elsewhere.

Solar energy giant to support social housing sector

April 8, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
Housing Associations keen to improve their environmental credentials while tackling fuel poverty for their residents have increasingly turned to solar panels. But in recent years, despite a large drop in price, uncertainty has been created by changes to the feed in tariffs offered to solar installations. 

Housing association reduces energy bills by £750 per home

September 10, 2014 | Sustainable Homes
On one of our SHIFT visits to Sanctuary Housing we had the opportunity to view a recently refurbished home. It was the first home refurbished as part of Sanctuary’s forward thinking ambition to ensure that all their homes achieve carbon reduction levels that align with the UK’s commitment.
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