Making up only 2% of the UK’s heating demand, district and communal heating has the potential for great expansion, bringing with it a whole host of benefits. The government is promoting its expansion and development, and social landlords are in a key position to help with this growth.
Sustainable Homes carries out research into the areas that are of most value to the housing sector. Over the last few years, we have looked into the impact of feedback on residents’ energy use, the performance gap in existing homes and new builds, and the link between rent arrears and improved energy efficiency. We received great feedback and gained involvement from government, landlords and the supply chain. Now is your chance to provide input on our next research proposals and submit your own idea for Sustainable Homes to take forward.
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.
In the first eight months of 2015, Sustainable Homes carried out meter readings on over 500 homes across the country as part of the National Energy Study 2 to find out more about energy use in the home, and to answer some of the questions raised during the first National Energy Study. This series of blogs looks at the key findings and some of the issues raised.