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This article was first published in 24 Housing Magazine – May 2018 The UK is the most successful G7 country at both growing its economy and reducing its emissions in the last 25 years. This puts to bed the idea that there can’t be green growth. Unfortunately the housing sector can take little credit for helping to deliver on this. The...
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Image: Soltherm Following the Paris Agreement of 2015, the important role that businesses can play in tackling climate change and driving environmental improvements has become ever clearer. In the UK this has already been witnessed to some extent in the decarbonisation of the power grid; the growth of renewables has helped to decouple economic growth from carbon emissions; Britons have...
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Campaigning consultancy Sustainable Homes has last week launched the SHIFT Awards, celebrating 10 years of the prestigious sustainability awards. The SHIFT Awards are the only awards dedicated to sustainability in housing and the supply chain. Over the last 10 years they have grown from an accreditation ceremony celebrating sustainability performance and SHIFT accredited landlords to a well-established sector-wide event. The...
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The consultation for ECO’s third phase is now out. Here’s what it could mean for housing providers. What is ECO? Energy Company Obligations, or ECO, is a government-run programme delivering energy efficiency measures to British homes. It began in 2013 and aims to reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty, by ensuring that energy suppliers carry out retrofits on customers’...
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New research challenges the sector to rethink quality and procurement when delivering retrofit projects There is an urgency for housing providers to address the shortage of in-house technical skills Poor specification design and procurement identified as a major issue in project delivery There is a misapplication of value for money, with too much onus on achieving the cheapest price Existing...
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  The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer enormous opportunities for society, businesses and the planet. They are particularly applicable to the housing sector, with its emphasis on community, placemaking and wellbeing. So, why should organisations in the housing sector and the supply chain engage with the SDGs and how can they go about it? What are the SDGs? The Sustainable...
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Sustainable Homes’ study, Breaking the Mould, is investigating the causes of damp and mould in UK homes. The first phase of the study has now been completed, and showed clear links between the severity of mould and incidence of respiratory conditions. Some species of mould can be highly toxic, and disturbing while cleaning can sometimes be hazardous. The study also...
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SHIFT Awards 2017   This article was originally published in 24 Housing. It’s been nearly a year since the Northern Powerhouse Conference, an event aimed at celebrating the brightest business-people and executives in the north of England, came under fire for the lack of women representation in its conference programme and communications campaign. From high profile boycotts, resignations and formal...
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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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