Sustainability

For single use only on 11 November 2016

Keeping the faith Video

11/11/2016 | By Mark Smulian

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

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Warmer environment

10/11/2016

What can housing associations do to reduce fuel poverty among their tenants? Nancy Jonsson at Daikin UK explains

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Green gateway

14/10/2016

Are social landlords taking energy efficiency seriously enough? Inside Housing and LHC carried out a survey to find out

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Cold comfort

22/08/2016 | By Gerald Koessl

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

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Top 60: Innovative development of the year Video

19/08/2016

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

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Smart fuel

26/07/2016 | By Sarah Newton

Smart meters can help lift people out of fuel poverty, says Sarah Newton

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Green efficiency

01/07/2016

How social landlords have been measuring their sustainability efforts by comparing performance with their peers

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It pays us all to go green

01/07/2016

There are clear benefits for associations investing in sustainability, says Northwards Housing’s Robin Lawler

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Sustainable edge

01/07/2016 | By Tony Burton

Sustainability means more than just greener ways of working says Tony Burton, executive chair at Sustainable Homes

For use in Inside Housing, 10 June 2016

Lighting the way Video

10/06/2016 | By Jess McCabe

How social housing estates are lit has come under the microscope for perpetuating inequality. Jess McCabe reports

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Basic essentials

03/06/2016 | By Julia Unwin

Unaffordable housing costs are causing an increase in destitution, says Julia Unwin.

For use in Inside Housing, 3 June 2016

The virtual estate Video

01/06/2016 | By Reni Eddo-Lodge

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

For use in Inside Housing, 6 May 2016

The funding revolution Video

05/05/2016 | By Mark Leftly

As housing associations turn to crowdfunding, Mark Leftly considers if these online platforms could provide a new source of investment in housebuilding

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AT-A-GLANCE: Northern Ireland parties' main housing policies

29/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

AT-A-GLANCE: The housing policies of the main parties in Northern Ireland

For use in Inside Housing, 29 April 2016

The city inside a city Video

29/04/2016 | By Pete Apps

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

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A Scottish example

27/04/2016 | By Sean McLaughlin

Efforts in Scotland to tackle and broadcast data about fuel poverty are to be applauded, says Sean McLaughlin

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From the frontline: Jane Gould

20/04/2016 | By Jess McCabe

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

For use in Inside Housing, 15 April 2016

Sharing by the sea Video

14/04/2016 | By Jess McCabe

Heard the one about the council developing a house in multiple occupation for social renters? Jess McCabe visits to find out more

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Green goals

31/03/2016 | By John Stapleton

Housing associations could significantly bring down the price of making homes warm, says John Stapleton

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Zero Carbon Hub to close

30/03/2016 | By Pete Apps

The body set up to implement the now abandoned Zero Carbon Homes target will cease operations tomorrow.

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Sustainable living

22/03/2016

The energy efficiency elements of the Budget and what they mean for housing associations, by Megan Owen

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Research finds 'shocking' crash in energy measures

21/03/2016 | By Pete Apps

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.

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Energy boost

11/03/2016 | By John Barnham

The sector has a key role to play in the future delivery of the government’s energy efficiency programme, says John Barnham

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From the frontline: David Putt

10/03/2016 | By Jess McCabe

David Putt talks to Jess McCabe about his community garden work for Bracknell Forest Homes

For use in Inside Housing, 19 February 2016

The story of the Camberwell Submarine Video

19/02/2016 | By Keith Cooper

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

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Energiesprong anyone?

17/02/2016 | By Jamie Ratcliff

There will need to be significant innovation to improve energy efficiency, says Jamie Ratcliff

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Labour will not back bid to block solar cuts

02/02/2016

Labour peers will not support a Liberal Democrat push to block devastating cuts to solar subsidies in the House of Lords.

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Keeping warm

29/01/2016 | By Charley Gibbons

We must do something about tackling fuel poverty now, says Charley Gibbons

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Second time round Video

28/01/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Over a decade after Carlisle suffered extreme flooding, it has been deluged again. Sophie Barnes asks what lessons were learned after 2005

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Solar installations paused after 5,000th home

20/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

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.

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Design for life

14/01/2016 | By Jason Ainsworth

Design is the key to building sustainable communities, says Jason Ainsworth

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Associations race to install solar panels

12/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations are working to install solar panels before the government cuts subsidies next month.

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Out in the cold

07/01/2016 | By Sean McLaughlin

George Osborne’s decision to drastically cut funding for energy efficiency schemes will undermine the future viability of housing stock, warns Sean McLaughlin

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What to expect on renewables in 2016

05/01/2016 | By Megan Owen

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

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Sustainability - 2015 highlights

05/01/2016 | By IH reporters

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

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Councils to pioneer solar batteries

22/12/2015 | By Pete Apps

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”.

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NHF pushes for HA energy scheme inclusion

07/12/2015 | By Jonathan Bunn

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.

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Keeping warm

02/12/2015 | By Graham Duxbury

Charities and the housing sector must combine efforts to tackle fuel poverty, says Graham Duxbury

For use in Inside Housing, 18 September 2015

Boris presses ahead with zero carbon standard

23/11/2015 | By Carl Brown

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.

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Energy company strikes deal with housing association

11/11/2015 | By Pete Apps

An energy company has struck an exclusive deal to supply a Merseyside housing association as it targets a major expansion into social housing.

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Places for People unveils energy company

26/10/2015 | By Carl Brown

Places for People has announced it has set up an energy company.

For use in Inside Housing, 16 October 2015

Rising Damp Video

14/10/2015

Is energy efficiency work creating damp problems for social landlords and tenants? Jess McCabe finds out about the…

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Coming to a standstill on energy efficiency? Video

13/10/2015 | By Kate Youde

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

Win £500 of M&S vouchers

08/10/2015

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.

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Government urged to confirm ECO replacement

01/10/2015 | By Corin Williams

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.

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Biggest solar deal in NI struck despite subsidy cut

22/09/2015 | By Corin Williams

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.

For use in Inside Housing, 18 September 2015

10 years later

16/09/2015 | By Kate Youde

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

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NHF lobbies government after damp rise

15/09/2015 | By Corin Williams

The National Housing Federation is lobbying the government over quality standards for insulation.

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Is sustainable housing dead?

11/09/2015 | By Corin Williams

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.

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Housing associations prepare to axe solar plans

04/09/2015 | By Pete Apps

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.

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Government considers solar subsidies cut

27/08/2015 | By Pete Apps

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.

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Government cuts 'would jeopardise solar deal'

27/08/2015 | By Pete Apps

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.

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Landlords pilot Dutch energy efficiency model

25/08/2015 | By IH reporter

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.

For use in Inside Housing, 28 August 2015

Towards an oranje housing boom Video

25/08/2015 | By Simon Brandon

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

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Minister reveals successful bids for fuel poverty fund

25/08/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A total of 28 social landlords have successfully bid for a slice of a £5m fund to make homes cheaper to heat.

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Offsite developer plots English expansion

10/08/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A Scottish developer of super-energy efficient offsite homes for housing associations is taking its first steps into England.

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Landlords seek talks over energy efficiency

30/07/2015 | By Corin Williams

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.

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Government ends new Green Deal funding

23/07/2015 | By Pete Apps

The government will stop funding the Green Deal after ‘low take-up and concerns about industry standards’, leaving the energy efficiency sector ‘battered and bruised’.

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Law of perverse incentives

23/07/2015 | By Brendan Sarsfield

Recent policy changes may not work as intended, suggests Brendan Sarsfield, and feel like the ‘modern equivalent of PFI – benefit now, pay later’

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£1bn in solar contracts announced

21/07/2015 | By Pete Apps

Up to £1bn is set to be ploughed into funding the installation of solar panels on social homes, under two frameworks unveiled this week.