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Sustainable Homes undertook a life cycle assessment quantifying the carbon emissions associated with cavity wall insulation product energystore superbead. energystore superbead LCA is the first of its kind in the UK, demonstrating energystore’s commitment to transparency and environmental performance Sustainable Homes identified energystore superbead, an expanded polystyrene (EPS) product, as having the “lowest emissions per functional unit” when compared with...
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Over 200 housing and sustainability professionals came together on 8 November in central London to celebrate outstanding achievements in sustainability at the SHIFT Awards 2018, the sustainability awards for the housing sector. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year’s SHIFT Awards were bigger and broader than ever, recognising the achievements of SHIFT accredited landlords and the wider housing sector. The finalists...
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Dragons’ Den 2017 Winner Switchee The Dragons’ Den is one of the highlights of the SHIFT Awards giving housing and sustainability experts the opportunity to pitch their fantastic projects and innovative best practice ideas to the panel of ‘Dragons’, made up of the entire Awards audience of 200 housing and sustainability professionals. The shortage of high quality genuinely affordable homes is...
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For this year’s World Green Building Week the focus has been on housing. Comprising 40% of our total energy use, we know that our homes are a vital area to tackle if we are to transition to a low-carbon economy. But our houses are not just an emission problem to be solved. They also have the potential to generate our...
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There has been a very mixed sense of urgency and hope, but also despair and denial surrounding climate change for many years.  The strength of evidence for man-made climate change was clear to most scientists back in the 1990s, but took its time to be fully accepted by the global community at the Paris Agreement in 2015. But the Paris...
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Shortlist for housing sustainability awards showcases thriving sector  Sustainable Homes is delighted to announce the list of finalists for the SHIFT Awards 2018. The SHIFT Awards are uniquely dedicated to sustainability in housing and the supply chain. In a decade, they have grown from an accreditation ceremony for SHIFT landlords to a well-established sector-wide event. Following an outstanding selection of...
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Sustainable Homes’ partner Mitie talks about going beyond refurbishment and getting involved with the local community, by creating new opportunities for services and employment. A dilapidated old building might seem like an unlikely starting point for dreams of an ambitious community project. But it was through the refurbishment of an unused, derelict building that Mitie and Orbit worked together to...
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The role that housing plays in our health and wellbeing often goes unreported. This week though it received some of the attention it deserves, thanks to the 70th birthday of the NHS and Labour’s launch of a consultation on ‘healthy homes zones’. In the ensuing discussions of physical and mental health, housing has taken centre stage thanks to the affects...
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There is a strong correlation between household size and need for more ventilation More energy efficient homes, with less temperature fluctuations and better quality insulation, are likely to have less mould incidents Landlords must review their approach and understand the long term implications regarding stock management Social landlords should be more proactive when tackling damp and mould, according to new...
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It’s been an important month for housing and sustainability announcements, as both sectors continue to rise up the political agenda. Here’s a roundup of the latest papers, and what they could mean for housing providers. Air quality: draft Clean Air Strategy 2018 What is it? A response to the EU directive on cutting emissions, the new draft of the Clean...
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