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The Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan was published last week, to criticism and fanfare in equal measure. But does it face down its critics or live up to expectations? Here we analyse the impact of this Plan on housing and property and outline the areas where the sector needs to take action. Following the publications of the Clean Growth Strategy...
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As the realisation sinks in that Christmas is well and truly over and we return to work, Sustainable Homes takes a look back at the last 12 months and a look forward at what we can expect in the sustainability over the next year. Policy, policy, policy From a policy perspective, 2017 was the year where we began to see...
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Offsite manufactured (OSM) housing only constitutes some 5% of new build supply.  OSM has effectively penetrated other markets – education, commercial and infrastructure – but remains a minority sport in much of the housing market.  So why is this? In the social housing context, the first step is understanding OSM as a value proposition.  Except in some specific areas of...
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Why have awards? What’s the point? Is it an excuse to have a day out of the office or an opportunity to celebrate projects? Really it’s a mix of both – sustainability professionals don’t get out much and with the retraction of sustainability in the sector it’s important to identify and reward projects that have the potential to radically change...
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  National awards recognise 10 fantastic projects at the forefront of sustainable housing Over 200 housing and sustainability professionals came together in London on Thursday 30 November to celebrate outstanding achievements in sustainability at the SHIFT Awards 2017, the sustainability awards for the housing sector. As the only awards celebrating sustainability in housing, the SHIFT Awards (created by sustainability consultants,...
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Last year’s Dragons’ Den at the SHIFT Awards was a roaring success, so this year it’s making a comeback at SHIFT Awards 2017! Amongst 11 highly competitive categories there is a special Dragons’ Den section at the SHIFT Awards. Focusing on sustainability proposals for the housing sector, the Dragons’ Den gives housing and sustainability experts the opportunity to pitch their...
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Two months into the windstorm season, the UK has already experienced three major incidents resulting in fatalities and injuries, damage to property and business disruption. With climate change set to increase the likelihood of such extreme weather events by 25% in the UK, it is crucial that we take action to build resilience in our organisations and communities [1]. The...
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Our transport system is undergoing a revolution, thanks to technological innovations – including electric and driverless vehicles – on the one hand and air quality scandal on the other. These dramatic changes bring the promise of cleaner air, better health and reduced emissions. However if we are to deliver these sustainability benefits then we need to start looking beyond the...
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Bevan Jones, Managing Director of Sustainable Homes analyses in detail the long awaited Clean Growth Strategy Today’s announcement of the Clean Growth Strategy aimed at delivering on UK’s 5th carbon budget gives some clear messages to some sections of the UK economy. The strategy does  mark a change in tone – placing a low carbon agenda at the heart of economic...
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Sarah Daly Sarah Daly, Director of Strategic Sustainability & Partnerships explains why the new housing market needs go-offsite portal and how it will help transition the sector to quantity with quality. go-offsite is an exciting new Sustainable Homes’ initiative that takes us deep into our purpose: for every home to encourage more sustainable lives. The idea behind go-offsite came from what...
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