Following the Bonfield Review report, the onus is now on housing associations to help alleviate fuel poverty, says John Barnham
Housing associations are hindered from making energy efficiency improvements to their homes because of financial pressures and “competing regulatory priorities”, a government-commissioned review has concluded.
Three London boroughs are testing solar battery installations on social homes, in a bid to find a workable model for solar power after swingeing government cuts last year.
Keeping the faith Video
Sustainable housing was once the cornerstone of new development. But policy shifts over the past 18 months have set the clock back. Mark Smulian finds out whether social landlords have put the concept on the backburner
What can housing associations do to reduce fuel poverty among their tenants? Nancy Jonsson at Daikin UK explains
Are social landlords taking energy efficiency seriously enough? Inside Housing and LHC carried out a survey to find out
Social housing is better insulated than other tenures, but that is no comfort to the one in 10 social tenants living in the most inefficient homes, says Gerald Koessl
Inside Housing is showcasing the best 60 developments of the last year. This year, our list is split into 10 categories of excellence which we will reveal over the next few weeks. Here, we introduce you to the most innovative developments
Smart meters can help lift people out of fuel poverty, says Sarah Newton
How social landlords have been measuring their sustainability efforts by comparing performance with their peers
There are clear benefits for associations investing in sustainability, says Northwards Housing’s Robin Lawler
Sustainability means more than just greener ways of working says Tony Burton, executive chair at Sustainable Homes
Lighting the way Video
How social housing estates are lit has come under the microscope for perpetuating inequality. Jess McCabe reports
Unaffordable housing costs are causing an increase in destitution, says Julia Unwin.
The virtual estate Video
An estate near Glasgow is the first in the UK to be fitted with sensors that detect sound, temperature and even overflowing toilets. Reni Eddo-Lodge asks whether the benefits outweigh the privacy concerns
The funding revolution Video
As housing associations turn to crowdfunding, Mark Leftly considers if these online platforms could provide a new source of investment in housebuilding
AT-A-GLANCE: The housing policies of the main parties in Northern Ireland
The city inside a city Video
Peabody is taking the reins of one of the largest regeneration schemes ever at Thamesmead in south-east London. Pete Apps takes a closer look
Efforts in Scotland to tackle and broadcast data about fuel poverty are to be applauded, says Sean McLaughlin
What’s it like to combine chasing rent with helping tenants save money on energy? Jane Gould, income recovery officer at Newport City Homes, talks to Inside Housing
Sharing by the sea Video
Heard the one about the council developing a house in multiple occupation for social renters? Jess McCabe visits to find out more
Housing associations could significantly bring down the price of making homes warm, says John Stapleton
The body set up to implement the now abandoned Zero Carbon Homes target will cease operations tomorrow.
The energy efficiency elements of the Budget and what they mean for housing associations, by Megan Owen
The Treasury has been criticised for failing on energy efficiency, after new research revealed a “truly shocking” crash in the number of home energy efficiency installations.
The sector has a key role to play in the future delivery of the government’s energy efficiency programme, says John Barnham
David Putt talks to Jess McCabe about his community garden work for Bracknell Forest Homes
A private finance initiative deal in south London was meant to retrofit an ageing communal heating system and save tenents money. Keith Cooper investigates what happened next
There will need to be significant innovation to improve energy efficiency, says Jamie Ratcliff
Labour peers will not support a Liberal Democrat push to block devastating cuts to solar subsidies in the House of Lords.
We must do something about tackling fuel poverty now, says Charley Gibbons
Second time round Video
Over a decade after Carlisle suffered extreme flooding, it has been deluged again. Sophie Barnes asks what lessons were learned after 2005
A Sunderland-based housing association will “pause” its solar panel installations, after a race against time to get as many fitted before government cuts kick in.
Design is the key to building sustainable communities, says Jason Ainsworth
Housing associations are working to install solar panels before the government cuts subsidies next month.
George Osborne’s decision to drastically cut funding for energy efficiency schemes will undermine the future viability of housing stock, warns Sean McLaughlin
From the RHI to FIT by way of ECO, Megan Owen from Trowers & Hamlins looks at how the government’s alphabet soup of renewables policies will impact social landlords in the coming year
Over the 12 days of Christmas, we have been reflecting on the best of our news, analysis and opinions coverage on the website since 1 January 2015. Each day we have picked a different topic. Today, for the last in the series, we focus on sustainability
Four London councils are piloting the use of solar-charged batteries on their social housing, as government cuts to subsidies leave traditional rooftop panel installations “unviable”.
The National Housing Federation is pushing for social landlords to be included in a new government energy efficiency scheme designed primarily to tackle fuel poverty.
Charities and the housing sector must combine efforts to tackle fuel poverty, says Graham Duxbury
Boris Johnson has announced he will push ahead with the implementation of the zero carbon homes standard in London despite the government axing planning regulations to promote it.
An energy company has struck an exclusive deal to supply a Merseyside housing association as it targets a major expansion into social housing.
Places for People has announced it has set up an energy company.
Rising Damp Video
Is energy efficiency work creating damp problems for social landlords and tenants? Jess McCabe finds out about the…
The Energy Company Obligation will end in 2017. What has it delivered to date and what hopes do social landlords have for the future? Kate Youde reports
Housing professionals have only three days remaining to enter a draw for £500 of Marks & Spencer vouchers by filling in a survey on energy procurement.
The Chartered Institute of Housing has warned the expiration of the Energy Company Obligation in 2017 could leave households in fuel poverty unless the government sorts out its retrofitting subsidy policy within six months.
The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has said upcoming cuts to solar energy subsidies will not affect its plan to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on 1,000 properties.
Ten years ago, the Innovation Park opened to be a test-bed for new technologies and construction techniques in housing. Kate Youde revisits its legacy
The National Housing Federation is lobbying the government over quality standards for insulation.
The government’s proposed cut to subsidies is set to lead to social landlords’ solar panels drying up. So is this the end for sustainable housing subsidies? Corin Williams investigates.
Two of the largest housing association users of solar panels are preparing to axe thousands of planned installations after “bitterly disappointing” government cuts left schemes unviable.
The government could roll up subsidies for solar energy “as soon as legislatively possible” for new applicants if it cannot achieve cost savings, it has confirmed.
A major deal to install 5,000 solar panels on council homes in Yorkshire could be placed in jeopardy if the government aggressively cuts solar subsidies.
A consortium of social landlords has formed a company to pilot a new construction technique that pays for itself to improve the energy efficiency of homes.
In the Netherlands, a new construction technique is allowing social landlords to leapfrog costly retrofits and improve the energy efficiency of homes. Now the idea is coming to the UK. Words and photos by Simon Brandon
A total of 28 social landlords have successfully bid for a slice of a £5m fund to make homes cheaper to heat.
A Scottish developer of super-energy efficient offsite homes for housing associations is taking its first steps into England.
Landlords are seeking talks with ministers over how housing associations can deliver energy-efficiency improvements to their stock after the government axed green subsidies last week.