Baker Homes Articles https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/RSS feeds for Sustainable Home Blog60https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207159/Making-the-case-DECC-research-shows-link-between-EPC-rating-house-prices#Comments2Making the case: DECC research shows link between EPC rating & house priceshttps://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207159/Making-the-case-DECC-research-shows-link-between-EPC-rating-house-prices<p>It can sometimes feel like an uphill battle in making the case for truly energy efficient homes; not only is the whole idea yet to make a significant impact on consumers, when it does it is usually in the form of a brand-spanking new build. It is in this context that is it worth pointing out that not only do energy efficiency measures such as wall insulation, double glazing and energy efficient boilers help reduce energy bills, they also contribute towards higher resale values. The study, <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/an-investigation-of-the-effect-of-epc-ratings-on-house-prices">compiled by DECC in 2024</a>, found that dwellings that were rated with an EPC of D were sold for 8% more than dwellings with a G, and ratings of A/B were sold for 14 per cent more than the lowest rated houses.</p> <p><a href="https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hub/63188/file-1347647367-jpg/images/DECC_research_on_SAP_and_property_value.jpg" target="_blank"><img id="img-1405521924252" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/DECC research on SAP and property value - blog posted on 27.07.14_V2.jpg" border="0" alt="SAP ratings and property values, DECC research" width="178" height="240" class="alignRight" style="height: 240px; width: 177px; float: right;"></a>The report shows that there is a positive relationship on the effect of EPC’s ratings on house prices <em>(click on adjacent image to expand)</em>. It analysed repeat sale transactions from 325,950 dwellings in England from 1995 to 2011. Sale prices were taken into consideration along with dwelling attributes, detailed information on the EPC ratings and a multitude of socio-economic variables.</p> <p>This means, for an average home in the country, improving its EPC rating from band G to E, or from band D to B, could mean adding more than £16,000 to the sale price of the property. In the North East of England, improving energy efficiency from band G to E could increase the average property’s value by over £25,000 (£23k in North West) (Fuerst et al. 2013).</p> <p>Some of the most ‘unsexy’ energy efficiency measures, such as solid wall insulation, could contribute up to 25 per cent of this improvement, and even in challenging  regeneration areas are estimated to do so in the order of £1,000 per property.</p> <p>This research reinforces the work compiled in the Netherlands on the economics of EU Energy Labels in the Housing Market published by RICS. This research found that properties with a high level of energy efficiency (A, B or C certificate) received a 2.8 percent higher transaction price for the property. It also found that there was a higher uptake of certification in areas of weak market demand which suggests that energy performance certificates are considered an aid to market and sell properties.</p> <p>The link between having a high EPC and sale prices of properties could prove valuable to landlords, providing flexibility and future proofing for strategic asset management. The residential housing market plays an important role in energy efficiency improvements and the reduction of global carbon emissions. By assessing the EPC and using the information provided by it to improve energy efficiency in your home, it could provide an investment opportunity to your property.</p> <p>Furthermore, there are certain objective and subjective factors that fall outside the EPC when assessing the impact of sustainability on Market Value. These are dependent on type of building, which market sector it falls in and quality and appeal of the facade. Social aspects including space, security, aesthetics and access to services and amenities are also important. Energy efficiency measures can also enhance some of these social aspects. For example, installing triple glazed windows can contribute desirable features to a property such as increased security and an increase in the aesthesis of the build. The researchers discuss how these should also be included in the energy efficiency premium.</p> <p align="center"><em>Baker Homes National Energy Study findings have been revealed. The National Energy Study, conducted with over 500 households in 14 housing associations across England, looked at how people used energy in their homes. </em></p> <p align="center"><em>Click below to access the full report</em></p> <p align="center"><em><span class="hs-cta-wrapper" id="hs-cta-wrapper-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <span class="hs-cta-node hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" id="hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <a href="https://cta-redirect.hubspot.com/cta/redirect/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"><img class="hs-cta-img" id="hs-cta-img-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" alt="National Energy Study, domestic energy use, behaviour change" style="border-width:0px;" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb.png"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> (function(){ var s='hubspotutk',r,c=((r=new RegExp('(^|; )'+s+'=([^;]*)').exec(document.cookie))?r[2]:''),w=window;w[s]=w[s]||c, hsjs=document.createElement("script"),el=document.getElementById("hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"); hsjs.type = "text/javascript";hsjs.async = true; hsjs.src = "//cta-service-cms2.hubspot.com/cs/loader.js?pg=ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb&pid=63188&hsutk=" + encodeURIComponent(c); (document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0]||document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0]).appendChild(hsjs); try{el.style.visibility="hidden";}catch(err){} setTimeout(function() {try{el.style.visibility="visible";}catch(err){}}, 2500); })(); </script> </span><br></em></p> <p>                                       </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207159/Making-the-case-DECC-research-shows-link-between-EPC-rating-house-prices&bvt=rss">John StapletonMon, 28 Jul 2023 06:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:207159https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207153/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Findings-pt2#Comments2A study of the effects of feedback on domestic energy use - Findings pt2https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207153/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Findings-pt2<p>Baker Homes and partners undertook a study of energy use in over 500 homes through the 2013/14 winter. The following is the first report we published of our findings. This installment is <b>the last part of our report</b>.</p> <p><b><img id="img-1405511768911" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/nes_website_edit1.jpg" border="0" alt="National Energy Study" width="280" height="100" class="alignRight" style="float: right;">What did we find?</b></p> <p>There were many useful findings. Two of the main findings are summarised here.</p> <p><b><em>3) Occupancy, SAP and other indicators did not impact as expected</em></b></p> <p>There were considerable differences in energy use from home to home. It was expected that energy use would be affected by occupancy levels, by age and also income level, and principally by the SAP score of the building (the Standard Assessment Procedure that evaluates a building’s thermal properties). There was no appreciable link between any of these, and the amount of energy used.</p> <p><img id="img-1405511030216" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/Avrg energy used for heating.JPG" border="0" alt="Avrg energy used for heating" width="489" height="305" class="alignCenter" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></p> <p>On the other hand a very close relationship between the changing weather temperatures and the energy used was found. In other words, while energy use depends on the weather, some homes respond much more than others to the same weather variations.</p> <p>Three potential reasons for this are:</p> <p>1) Simply that some prefer different indoor temperatures to others</p> <p>2) Some people are using their heating systems very inefficiently (and others may not be heating their homes very well)</p> <p>3) The SAP score incorrectly estimates the thermal properties, possibly in respect of airtightness and draughts.</p> <p>This is to the focus of further research to be undertaken by Baker Homes from October 2022. To be involved in this research please contact Baker Homes at <a href="mailto:info@bakerstimber.co.uk">info@bakerstimber.co.uk</a>.</p> <p><b><em>4) Energy use REALLY varies </em></b></p> <p>We know that some people use heating more than others. But this research illustrated some interesting findings about the size of that variability. Figure 5 illustrates a number of interesting points. Each dot is a record of energy use at that reading point.</p> <p>The blue line illustrates the average gas use per day. The green line is the average number of degree days per day. Degree days are a measure of how much a building’s heating system needs to be used (see box). Some homes used a small fraction of the median energy, for instance, if we take period 4, 43 homes were using less than 20 kWh/day (half of the median). At the other end of the scale, 13 homes recorded more than 80 kWh/day, double the median. Some effort was made to check whether there were recording errors here, but none were found. The difference between these groups is quite striking. There are policy implications. If some homes are often using four times the amount of others, assistance for these homes should be prioritised. It may be improvements are needed to the home or some guidance on how to save energy. Equally some people may be using so little gas that it could be causing sickness.</p> <p><img id="img-1405511359273" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/Avrg kWh_day heating.JPG" border="0" alt="Avrg kWh day heating" width="483" height="363" class="alignCenter" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>This is the final installment of our National Energy Study 2013/14. We hope you found it informative. If you would like to access other sections of the report, click on the respective title: <em><a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207141/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Introduction" title="Introduction" target="_blank">Introduction</a>, <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207218/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Foreword" title="Foreword" target="_blank">Foreword</a> and <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207152/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Findings-pt1" title="Findings Part 1" target="_blank">Findings Part 1</a>.</em></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>If you want to access the full report click on the button below or<a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/national-energy-study/report-1-findings/" title="click here" target="_blank"> here</a>.</em></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span class="hs-cta-wrapper" id="hs-cta-wrapper-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <span class="hs-cta-node hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" id="hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <a href="https://cta-redirect.hubspot.com/cta/redirect/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"><img class="hs-cta-img" id="hs-cta-img-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" alt="National Energy Study, domestic energy use, behaviour change" style="border-width:0px;" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb.png"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> (function(){ var s='hubspotutk',r,c=((r=new RegExp('(^|; )'+s+'=([^;]*)').exec(document.cookie))?r[2]:''),w=window;w[s]=w[s]||c, hsjs=document.createElement("script"),el=document.getElementById("hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"); hsjs.type = "text/javascript";hsjs.async = true; hsjs.src = "//cta-service-cms2.hubspot.com/cs/loader.js?pg=ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb&pid=63188&hsutk=" + encodeURIComponent(c); (document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0]||document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0]).appendChild(hsjs); try{el.style.visibility="hidden";}catch(err){} setTimeout(function() {try{el.style.visibility="visible";}catch(err){}}, 2500); })(); </script> </span></div> <br id="tinymce" class="mceContentBody "> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207153/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Findings-pt2&bvt=rss">Bill WrightThu, 24 Jul 2023 06:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:207153https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207152/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Findings-pt1#Comments0A study of the effects of feedback on domestic energy use - Findings pt1https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207152/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Findings-pt1<p>Baker Homes and partners undertook a study of energy use in over 500 homes through the 2013/14 winter.  The following is the first report we published of our findings. This installment is the <b>second part to our report</b>.</p> <p><b><img id="img-1405507937861" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/nes_website_edit1.jpg" border="0" alt="National Energy Study" width="293" height="104" class="alignRight" style="float: right;">What did we find?</b></p> <p>There were many useful findings. Two of the main findings are summarised here.</p> <p><em><b>1) Feedback helps people save energy</b></em></p> <p>Receiving feedback tends to help people make savings. Figure 2 below, shows those receiving values, ranking and smileys all saved gas after weather had been taken into account. The Control group, who received no feedback, used more gas. The groups with more structured engagement, those that were told their ranking, or those that were told their ranking and were provided a smiley or a sad face saved more in each of their subgroups. Note, the Control group and the Values group were not split into four sub groups.</p> <p>The values and rankings groups had participants who saved, but not to the same degree as the Smiley group.</p> <p><img id="img-1405507348177" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/Avrg daily gas savings.JPG" border="0" alt="Avrg daily gas savings" width="504" height="297" class="alignCenter" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></p> <p>We also wanted to examine if average daily savings were made from electricity. Figure 3 shows this. Here we see the control and the values group both saving 4%. The findings indicate that the lowest users and the above average users both made decent savings (7.9% and 11.6% respectively). Below average users and high users both slightly increased their electricity use. The findings also show that savings in the Smiley group ranged from 5.5% (above average users) to 24.5% (for the lowest users). The average is 8.6%.</p> <p><em><b>2) Smileys may be useful</b></em></p> <p>We should assess how confident we are of these findings. Wide variations in how each home used energy meant that it was difficult to establish statistical significance. However we can be confident, at 95% confidence intervals, about the Smiley group findings for both electricity and gas. The values and rankings group were able to demonstrate statistical significance at lower confidence levels 80% (shown in the blue cells).</p> <p><img id="img-1405508163119" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/Table of gas savings.JPG" border="0" alt="Table of gas savings" width="642" height="217" class="alignCenter"></p> <p>So this study indicates that, where a group of people receive injunctive feedback the group will, in general, save more than if they just received feedback on their performance,as with the Values group, or on their ranking. It would be fair to point out that the Control group had not directly participated by sending in readings, and so were probably less likely to engage in energy savings than a random cross-section of population. However, all were sent a paper copy of our energy tips guide, and so all had the opportunity of looking at this information.</p> <p><img id="img-1405507706461" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/table for nes report.jpg" border="0" alt="Table of electricity savings" width="686" height="233" class="alignCenter"></p> <p>This finding appears to be statistically significant. The research also illustrates that the impact could be significant. The findings show that an average of 8.0% could be saved on the electricity bill and an average of 3.6% could be saved on the gas bill. This could mean a saving of £79 for an average household each year (16,500 kWh/yr gas and 3,300 units electricity). This could significantly help many families. It could help those who are fuel poor to afford their bills and heat their homes properly. This saving could also help reduce rent arrears. There is a broader issue. The UK is committed to reducing carbon emissions. If we were conservative and said that just 75% of the population saved these amounts the savings are still useful. A saving of this size (2.7 million tonnes of CO2a year, every year) is equivalent to turning off Didcot power station for 51% of the year.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><em><em>Interested in reading more? Click on the respective title to access the other sections of the report:</em></em> <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207141/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Introduction" title="Introduction" target="_blank">Introduction</a>, <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207218/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Foreword" title="Foreword" target="_blank">Foreword</a> and <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207153/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Findings-pt2" title="Findings Part 2" target="_blank">Findings Part 2</a></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Or access the full report by clicking on the button below or <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/national-energy-study/report-1-findings/" title="click here" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span class="hs-cta-wrapper" id="hs-cta-wrapper-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <span class="hs-cta-node hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" id="hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <a href="https://cta-redirect.hubspot.com/cta/redirect/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"><img class="hs-cta-img" id="hs-cta-img-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" alt="National Energy Study, domestic energy use, behaviour change" style="border-width:0px;" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb.png"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> (function(){ var s='hubspotutk',r,c=((r=new RegExp('(^|; )'+s+'=([^;]*)').exec(document.cookie))?r[2]:''),w=window;w[s]=w[s]||c, hsjs=document.createElement("script"),el=document.getElementById("hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"); hsjs.type = "text/javascript";hsjs.async = true; hsjs.src = "//cta-service-cms2.hubspot.com/cs/loader.js?pg=ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb&pid=63188&hsutk=" + encodeURIComponent(c); (document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0]||document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0]).appendChild(hsjs); try{el.style.visibility="hidden";}catch(err){} setTimeout(function() {try{el.style.visibility="visible";}catch(err){}}, 2500); })(); </script> </span></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207152/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Findings-pt1&bvt=rss">Bill WrightWed, 23 Jul 2023 06:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:207152https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207218/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Foreword#Comments0A study of the effects of feedback on domestic energy use - Forewordhttps://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207218/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Foreword<p>Baker Homes and partners undertook a study of energy use in over 500 homes through the 2013/14 winter.  The following is the first report we published of our findings. This instalment is the foreword to our report. You can read the introduction to the study <a href="www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207141/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Part-1" title="here" target="_blank">here</a>. We will be publishing the main findings in the next two blogs. Stay tuned!</p> <p><img id="img-1405952655610" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/nes_website_edit1.jpg" border="0" alt="NES" width="278" height="99" class="alignRight" style="float: right;">As a country, we have made great strides in the last few years, building homes that are more sustainable, and building more of them. And we are also starting to learn more about how to improve existing homes to make them more energy efficient. By any measure, these new and refurbished homes are able to use less energy and save people money.</p> <p>But part of the puzzle is missing. Until we address the way people behave and use energy as well as provide energy efficient homes, we will not see real progress.</p> <p>We know that people are generally interested in using less energy in the home and saving money. But actually changing habits is a different matter. People don’t set out to be users of energy – instead they make tea, have a shower, watch TV, keep warm. Naturally, they believe they only use what they need to – so in the absence of other information are likely to think they are ‘average’ users of energy.</p> <p>This research takes an in-depth look at what people understand about their energy use and how they might save energy in existing homes. Undertaken over nine months and with the participation of over 500 people from 14 housing associations around England, it involved thousands of meter readings and a huge amount of analysis. The results start to tell us about how providing feedback to people can help them save energy, and importantly, what type of feedback may be more effective than others. It also questions our standard measurement of energy efficiency in homes – an area we intend to investigate later this year.</p> <p>This document sets out part one of the study, focusing on the monitored findings from the homes and how energy use changed when people received feedback. Later in the year we will publish part two, looking at people’s perceptions of energy, how they attempt to save – and who they trust to provide advice.</p> <p>I hope this report is of use and helps stimulate more insight and support for households to save energy and reduce the impact of fuel poverty.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><em>Do you want to read more? Click on the respective titles to access the other sections of the report:</em> <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207141/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Introduction" title="Introduction" target="_blank">Introduction</a>, <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207152/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Findings-pt1" title="Findings Part 1" target="_blank">Findings Part 1</a> and <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207153/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Findings-pt2" title="Findings Part 2" target="_blank">Findings Part 2</a></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Or access the full report by clicking on the button below or <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/national-energy-study/report-1-findings/" title="click here" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span class="hs-cta-wrapper" id="hs-cta-wrapper-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <span class="hs-cta-node hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" id="hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <a href="https://cta-redirect.hubspot.com/cta/redirect/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"><img class="hs-cta-img" id="hs-cta-img-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" alt="National Energy Study, domestic energy use, behaviour change" style="border-width:0px;" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb.png"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> (function(){ var s='hubspotutk',r,c=((r=new RegExp('(^|; )'+s+'=([^;]*)').exec(document.cookie))?r[2]:''),w=window;w[s]=w[s]||c, hsjs=document.createElement("script"),el=document.getElementById("hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"); hsjs.type = "text/javascript";hsjs.async = true; hsjs.src = "//cta-service-cms2.hubspot.com/cs/loader.js?pg=ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb&pid=63188&hsutk=" + encodeURIComponent(c); (document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0]||document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0]).appendChild(hsjs); try{el.style.visibility="hidden";}catch(err){} setTimeout(function() {try{el.style.visibility="visible";}catch(err){}}, 2500); })(); </script> </span></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207218/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Foreword&bvt=rss">Magdalena BilinskaTue, 22 Jul 2023 07:52:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:207218https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207141/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Introduction#Comments0A study of the effects of feedback on domestic energy use - Introductionhttps://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207141/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Introduction<p>Baker Homes and partners undertook a study of energy use in over 500 homes through the 2013/14 winter. The following is the first report we published of our findings. This instalment is the <b>introduction to our report</b>.</p> <p><b>What do we know about behaviours and energy use?</b></p> <p><img id="img-1405434642775" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/nes_website_edit1.jpg" border="0" alt="National Energy Study" width="243" height="86" class="alignRight" style="float: right;">Many people have a low understanding of how much energy each household task uses, and by extension, what each task costs them. Energy bills cause similar confusion for many people - 75% of participants in this study felt that energy bills needed to be easier to understand. </p> <p>Human behaviour is essentially social. What people do has a great deal to do with what others do, or what they perceive them to do. People wear clothing that is ‘fashionable’, conform to rules and laws, and align themselves behind football teams.</p> <p>On the other hand, habits are essentially personal. They are often deep-rooted and grounded in feelings of comfort, routine, and past successes.</p> <p>Simply encouraging people to save money is less effective – other socially-good behaviours may not save money, so they may not be taken up.</p> <p>New information is important to inform a change in behaviour,but research has shown that feelings of conformity (social norms, or what others do) are a trigger to facilitate the change. Even more powerful are notions of approval, or sometimes disapproval. A ‘smiley face’ emoticon, used appropriately has proved to have a surprising power to stimulate change.</p> <p><b>What did we do?</b></p> <p>We recruited 540 homes from fourteen associations around England. A ‘baseline’ of a home’s energy use was established. After this we started providing feedback on energy use. We wanted to measure the impact this feedback had. Using established behaviour-change theories, participants were divided into four groups:</p> <p><b><img id="img-1405432700495" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/smileys image nes.jpg" border="0" alt="Smileys for NES" width="297" height="291" class="alignRight" style="float: right;">The Values group</b> were informed of their energy use. This feedback did not express a social norm. There was no statement of desired behaviour.</p> <p><b>The Rankings group</b> were informed of their energy use AND ranked against similar sized homes (e.g. “Your energy use places you 14th out of 40 similar homes.”).</p> <p>Energy tips were provided to all participants.So in this study the intervention was the feedback about their energy use. After participants stopped receiving feedback their, energy use continued to be monitored. This second baseline period checked if energy saving behaviour continued after feedback stopped. The study consisted of 11 two-week periods, called P1, P2 etc.</p> <p><b>How is our study different?</b></p> <p>Other studies have used emoticons in relation to energy use. The OPower study, undertaken in the United States, found that giving a Home Energy Report that compared them to their neighbours, including smiley faces, saved approximately 2%. This study builds on that work. It tests if this finding holds for England. It also goes a step further by considering if the findings also apply to gas and heating.</p> <p>The use of ‘sad-face’ emoticons is also not well-documented, so the study examined the use of feedback that included disapproval.</p> <p>Importantly the study provided a useful opportunity for associations to engage with their residents on energy use, provide some feedback and better understand energy use in the home.</p> <p>As partners in the study, housing associations gained an understanding of the energy use of their participants - in some cases uncovering people who needed assistance.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span>Did you find this interesting? </span>Click on the respective titles to access the other sections of the report: <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207218/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Foreword" title="Foreword" target="_blank">Foreword</a>, <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207152/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Findings-pt1" title="Findings Part 1" target="_blank">Findings Part 1</a> and <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207153/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Findings-pt2" title="Findings Part 2" target="_blank">Findings Part 2</a></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Or access the full report by clicking on the button below or <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/national-energy-study/report-1-findings/" title="click here" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><br></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em></em><span class="hs-cta-wrapper" id="hs-cta-wrapper-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <span class="hs-cta-node hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" id="hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <a href="https://cta-redirect.hubspot.com/cta/redirect/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"><img class="hs-cta-img" id="hs-cta-img-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" alt="National Energy Study, domestic energy use, behaviour change" style="border-width:0px;" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb.png"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> (function(){ var s='hubspotutk',r,c=((r=new RegExp('(^|; )'+s+'=([^;]*)').exec(document.cookie))?r[2]:''),w=window;w[s]=w[s]||c, hsjs=document.createElement("script"),el=document.getElementById("hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"); hsjs.type = "text/javascript";hsjs.async = true; hsjs.src = "//cta-service-cms2.hubspot.com/cs/loader.js?pg=ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb&pid=63188&hsutk=" + encodeURIComponent(c); (document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0]||document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0]).appendChild(hsjs); try{el.style.visibility="hidden";}catch(err){} setTimeout(function() {try{el.style.visibility="visible";}catch(err){}}, 2500); })(); </script> </span></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207141/A-study-of-the-effects-of-feedback-on-domestic-energy-use-Introduction&bvt=rss">Bill WrightMon, 21 Jul 2023 06:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:207141https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207243/Obama-No-other-country-has-done-as-much-to-reduce-energy-use-Part-3-of-3#Comments0Obama – No other country has done as much to reduce energy use (Part 3 of 3)https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207243/Obama-No-other-country-has-done-as-much-to-reduce-energy-use-Part-3-of-3<p>The historic decree issued by the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/02/obama-rules-coal-climate-change" title="federal Environmental Protection Agency" target="_blank">federal Environmental Protection Agency</a>  in June on behalf of President Obama to cut emissions from power plants by 30% was by no means the last word in America’s path to a low carbon future, but it has nevertheless spurred prospects for a global deal on climate change. It also shows that leadership on this issue <em>is</em> possible, especially when the arguments are reframed more along public health grounds, bringing US public opinion onside and isolating Congress.</p> <p>Here we present the last part of three excerpts of a speech Obama gave to mark one year since the historic Climate Change Action Plan was signed, providing something of a fillip to those who have lost faith in the power of leadership in getting things done.</p> <p><img src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/barack obama_website_edit v1.1.jpg" border="0" alt="President Obama" class="alignRight" style="float: right;">I should point out, by the way, that we’re not just acting on climate change; we’re also doing more for conservation.  (Applause.)  Since I took office, we’ve established 10 new national parks, 10 new National Wildlife Refuges, 11 new national monuments.  (Applause.)  I just announced plans to further protect our oceans.  (Applause.)  And I’m not just going to stand with environmentalists -- I’m going to stand with sportsmen and conservationists against members of Congress who want to dismantle the Clean Water Act.  (Applause.)  We’ve got to dredge up that old tape of the Cuyahoga River on fire, and the Chicago River, and just remind people that this thing worked.  It was one of the great achievements of modern American politics was realizing that we didn’t have to trade off a healthy environment for our kids and economic growth.  Because, as Americans, we have an obligation to be good stewards of the gifts that have been given; and make sure that they’re around for our kids and our grandkids.</p> <p>I don’t have to tell you all this.  Whether it’s shifting to clean energy, preserving our landscapes and natural resources -- you understand our mission.  You’ve helped define it.  And it’s not going to happen overnight.  This is a generational project.  And sometimes it can be easy to get discouraged, and to feel like, oh, we’re not setting high enough goals, we’re not reaching them quickly enough -- I know.  I read the science.  I’m not a scientist, but I read it.  (Laughter.)</p> <p>But what I also know is, is that when you take those first steps, even if they’re hard and even if they’re halting sometimes, that you start building momentum and you start mobilizing larger and larger communities.  And when it comes to a challenge as far-reaching and important as protecting our planet, every step makes a difference. </p> <p>And one of the great things about it is, is that this is a generational fight but the younger generation is more attuned to this than just about anybody.  You talk to Malia, you talk to Sasha, you talk to your kids or your grandkids, and this is something they get.  They don’t need a lot of persuading.  They understand how important this is.  And that should make us hopeful and optimistic. </p> <p>And I’ll close with a story I heard recently that illustrates the point.  I called Gregg Popovich, coach of the San Antonio Spurs –- (applause) -- to congratulate him on winning the NBA Championship.  And I love Pop, he is not just a great coach, he is a great guy and I’ve gotten to know him and really love the guy.  And for more than a decade, Coach Pop has hung a sign in the Spurs locker room for all his players to see.  And on that sign is a quote from a 19th-century reformer, which is not what you’d expect to see in an NBA locker room but that’s the kind of guy Coach Popovich is, and the quote goes something like this:  “When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.  Yet at the hundred and first blow, it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”</p> <p>So that’s what we’re doing -- together, we are pounding the rock.  And together, we are making progress.  And sometimes it feels like, man, I’m getting tired.  (Laughter.)  And we’re not moving fast enough.  But then one day, the rock splits open -- not because one person comes up or one President comes up and strikes a mighty blow, but because of all the work that has gone on before.  Our work.  So until the day comes that the rock is split, we’ve all got to take turns pounding.  We’ve got to keep fighting.  We’ve got to keep mobilizing.  We’ve got to keep making sure that your voices are heard in Congress, in state capitals, in city halls.  Because that’s the only way we’re going to build the kind of future that we want -- cleaner, more prosperous, more good jobs; a future where we can look our kids in the eye and tell them we did our part, we served you well, we were good stewards, we’re passing this on. </p> <p>Thank you, everybody. God bless you. God bless America.  (Applause.)</p> <p>END</p> <p>Haven't seen part 1 and/ or 2 of President Obama's speech? Please click the relevent link: <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207042/Obama-No-other-country-has-done-as-much-to-reduce-energy-use" title="Part1" target="_blank">Part1</a> and <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207241/Obama-No-other-country-has-done-as-much-to-reduce-energy-use" title="Part2" target="_blank">Part2</a>.</p> <p>If you are not already subscribed to our blog, register via the blue/white button on top right of this article.</p> <p align="center"><em>Baker Homes National Energy Study findings have been revealed. The National Energy Study, conducted with over 500 households in 14 housing associations across England, looked at how people used energy in their homes. </em></p> <p align="center"><em>Click below to access the full report</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span class="hs-cta-wrapper" id="hs-cta-wrapper-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <span class="hs-cta-node hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" id="hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <a href="https://cta-redirect.hubspot.com/cta/redirect/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"><img class="hs-cta-img" id="hs-cta-img-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" alt="National Energy Study, domestic energy use, behaviour change" style="border-width:0px;" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb.png"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> (function(){ var s='hubspotutk',r,c=((r=new RegExp('(^|; )'+s+'=([^;]*)').exec(document.cookie))?r[2]:''),w=window;w[s]=w[s]||c, hsjs=document.createElement("script"),el=document.getElementById("hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"); hsjs.type = "text/javascript";hsjs.async = true; hsjs.src = "//cta-service-cms2.hubspot.com/cs/loader.js?pg=ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb&pid=63188&hsutk=" + encodeURIComponent(c); (document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0]||document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0]).appendChild(hsjs); try{el.style.visibility="hidden";}catch(err){} setTimeout(function() {try{el.style.visibility="visible";}catch(err){}}, 2500); })(); </script> </span></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207243/Obama-No-other-country-has-done-as-much-to-reduce-energy-use-Part-3-of-3&bvt=rss">Elina GoudiraWed, 16 Jul 2023 06:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:207243https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207241/Obama-No-other-country-has-done-as-much-to-reduce-energy-use-Part-2-of-3#Comments0Obama – No other country has done as much to reduce energy use (Part 2 of 3)https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207241/Obama-No-other-country-has-done-as-much-to-reduce-energy-use-Part-2-of-3<p>The historic decree issued by the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/02/obama-rules-coal-climate-change" title="federal Environmental Protection Agency" target="_blank">federal Environmental Protection Agency</a>  in June on behalf of President Obama to cut emissions from power plants by 30% was by no means the last word in America’s path to a low carbon future, but it has nevertheless spurred prospects for a global deal on climate change. It also shows that leadership on this issue <em>is</em> possible, especially when the arguments are reframed more along public health grounds, bringing US public opinion onside and isolating Congress.</p> <p>Here we present the second of three excerpts of a speech Obama gave to mark one year since the historic Climate Change Action Plan was signed, providing something of a fillip to those who have lost faith in the power of leadership in getting things done.</p> <p><img src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/barack obama_website_edit v1.1.jpg" border="0" alt="President Obama " class="alignRight" style="float: right;">THE PRESIDENT: And by the way, the private sector knows how important this is.  Today, at the White House, some of America’s leading foundations and impact investors committed more than $300 million to accelerate clean energy technology and energy-efficient buildings.  So we’re making progress on that front.  (Applause.)</p> <p>But everybody here knows, for the sake of our kids, we have got to do more.  Today, about 40 percent of America’s carbon pollution comes from our power plants.  There are no federal limits to the amount those plants can pump into the air.  None.  We limit the amount of toxic chemicals like mercury, and sulfur, and arsenic in our air and water, but power plants can dump as much carbon pollution into our atmosphere as they want.  It’s not smart, it’s not right, it’s not safe, and I determined it needs to stop.  (Applause.)</p> <p>So that’s why, in my speech a year ago, I directed the EPA to build on the efforts of a lot of states, and cities and companies, and I told them, come up with commonsense standards for reducing dangerous carbon pollution from our power plants.  Last month, I unveiled those proposed standards, which will cut down our carbon pollution, and our smog, and our soot that threaten the health of our most vulnerable Americans, including children and the elderly.  We’ve constructed it so that states have the flexibility to meet these standards with whatever clean energy sources make sense for them, including renewables and taking advantage of natural glass -- natural gas, replacing even dirtier energy sources.  And in just the first year that these standards go into effect, they’ll help avoid up to 100,000 asthma attacks, about 2,100 heart attacks -- those numbers keep on going up after the first year.  And we’re taking a whole bunch of carbon out of the atmosphere.  (Applause.)</p> <p>So I say all this to say that, no matter how big a problem, progress is possible.  It’s not instantaneous; we’ve got to sometimes cut these things into pieces.  But as I told graduates at UC Irvine a couple weeks ago.  (Applause.)  There you go, UC Irvine.  You got the little anteater.  (Laughter.)  I’ve got to say, it’s a pretty cute mascot.  (Laughter.)  An anteater, it’s nice, I like it.  (Laughter.)</p> <p>It’s pretty rare that you encounter people who say that the problem of carbon pollution is not a problem.  You’ve all -- in most communities and work places, et cetera, when you talk to folks, they may not know how big a problem, they may not know exactly how it works, they may doubt that we can do something about it, but generally they don’t just say, no, I don’t believe anything scientists say.  (Laughter.)  Except where?</p> <p>AUDIENCE:  Congress!</p> <p>THE PRESIDENT:  In Congress.  (Laughter.)  In Congress.  Folks will tell you climate change is a hoax or a fad or a plot.  (Laughter.)  It’s a liberal plot.  (Laughter.)  And then most recently, because many who say that actually know better and they’re just embarrassed, they duck the question.  They say, hey, I’m not a scientist, which really translates into, I accept that manmade climate change is real, but if I say so out loud, I will be run out of town by a bunch of fringe elements that thinks climate science is a liberal plot so I’m going to just pretend like, I don’t know, I can’t read.  (Applause.)</p> <p>I mean, I’m not a scientist either, but I’ve got this guy, John Holdren, he’s a scientist.  (Laughter.)  I’ve got a bunch of scientists at NASA and I’ve got a bunch of scientists at EPA.  (Applause.)  I’m not a doctor either -- (laughter) -- but if a bunch of doctors tell me that tobacco can cause lung cancer, then I’ll say, okay.  (Laughter and applause.)  Right?  (Laughter and applause.)  I mean, it’s not that hard.</p> <p>Now, the good news is, the American people are wiser than this.  Seven in 10 Americans say global warming is a serious problem.  Seven in 10 say the federal government should limit pollution from our power plants.  And of all the issues in a recent poll asking Americans where they think we can make a difference, protecting the environment came out on top.  We actually believe we can do this.  We can make a difference.  (Applause.)</p> <p>And that’s in large part thanks to you.  Many of you have done just terrific work at the grassroots level -- educating, mobilizing.  That isn’t to say, by the way, and I say this sometimes to environmental groups, that’s not to say that it’s not easy and that we should not take seriously the very real concerns people have about their current economic state.  People don’t like gas prices going up.  They don’t like electricity prices going up.  And we ignore those very real and legitimate concerns at our peril, so if we’re blithe about saying this is the defining issue of our time but we don’t address people’s legitimate economic concerns then even if they are concerned about climate change, they may not support efforts to do something about it.  So we’ve got to shape our strategies to speak to the very real and legitimate concerns of working families all across America.  But we can do that, that’s the good news, we can do it.  (Applause.) </p> <p>And the sooner we do it, the better.  Right now, developing countries have some of the fastest-rising levels of carbon pollution.  They are less equipped to cope with the effects of climate change than we are.  But they’re also trying to deal with hundreds of millions of people in poverty.  And so the tradeoffs for them are even tougher than for us sometimes unless we describe how development should leapfrog some of the old technologies, learn lessons from us, and go right to a clean energy future.  And we should be part of that conversation, but we’ve got to lead by example.  They’re waiting to see what America does.  (Applause.)  And I’m convinced when America proves what’s possible, other countries are going to come along. #</p> <p>Did you find this interesting? <span><span>Click the repective link for </span><a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207243/Obama-No-other-country-has-done-as-much-to-reduce-energy-use-Part-3-of-3" title="Part 3" target="_blank">Part 3</a> or if you missed </span><a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207042/Obama-No-other-country-has-done-as-much-to-reduce-energy-use" title="Part1" target="_blank">Part1</a><span>.</span> </p> <p>If you are not already subscribed to our blog, register via the blue/white button on top right of this article.</p> <p> </p> <p align="center"><em>Baker Homes National Energy Study findings have been revealed. The National Energy Study, conducted with over 500 households in 14 housing associations across England, looked at how people used energy in their homes. </em></p> <p align="center"><em>Click below to access the full report</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span class="hs-cta-wrapper" id="hs-cta-wrapper-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <span class="hs-cta-node hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" id="hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <a href="https://cta-redirect.hubspot.com/cta/redirect/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"><img class="hs-cta-img" id="hs-cta-img-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" alt="National Energy Study, domestic energy use, behaviour change" style="border-width:0px;" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb.png"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> (function(){ var s='hubspotutk',r,c=((r=new RegExp('(^|; )'+s+'=([^;]*)').exec(document.cookie))?r[2]:''),w=window;w[s]=w[s]||c, hsjs=document.createElement("script"),el=document.getElementById("hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"); hsjs.type = "text/javascript";hsjs.async = true; hsjs.src = "//cta-service-cms2.hubspot.com/cs/loader.js?pg=ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb&pid=63188&hsutk=" + encodeURIComponent(c); (document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0]||document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0]).appendChild(hsjs); try{el.style.visibility="hidden";}catch(err){} setTimeout(function() {try{el.style.visibility="visible";}catch(err){}}, 2500); })(); </script> </span></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207241/Obama-No-other-country-has-done-as-much-to-reduce-energy-use-Part-2-of-3&bvt=rss">Elina GoudiraTue, 15 Jul 2023 06:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:207241https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207042/Obama-No-other-country-has-done-as-much-to-reduce-energy-use-Part-1-of-3#Comments1Obama – No other country has done as much to reduce energy use (Part 1 of 3)https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207042/Obama-No-other-country-has-done-as-much-to-reduce-energy-use-Part-1-of-3<p>The historic decree issued by the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/02/obama-rules-coal-climate-change" title="federal Environmental Protection Agency" target="_blank">federal Environmental Protection Agency</a>  in June on behalf of President Obama to cut emissions from power plants by 30% was by no means the last word in America’s path to a low carbon future, but it has nevertheless spurred prospects for a global deal on climate change. It also shows that leadership on this issue <em>is</em> possible, especially when the arguments are reframed more along public health grounds, bringing US public opinion onside and isolating Congress.</p> <p>Here we present the first of three excerpts of a speech Obama gave to mark one year since the historic Climate Change Action Plan was signed, providing something of a fillip to those who have lost faith in the power of leadership in getting things done.</p> <img id="img-1405095620460" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/barack obama_website_edit v1.1.jpg" border="0" alt="Barack Obama, Climate Action Plan" class="alignLeft" style="float: left;"> <p>THE PRESIDENT:  Hello!  Well, it’s good to be back.  (Applause.)  First of all, I just want to thank Carol Browner, one of my favorite people.  We miss her in the White House, but it looks like she has occupied herself.  (Laughter.)  We appreciate all the work that you do helping to protect our planet and to give our children a brighter future, so give Carol a big round of applause.  (Applause.)   I want to thank Gene Karpinski and everybody at LCV for having me here tonight.  (Applause.)</p> <p>I was telling the story -- many people know this -- I know you think I’m here just because I care about the environment -- (laughter) -- no, it’s deeper than that.  I guess Gene told this story:  When I ran for the U.S. Senate, I was decidedly the underdog, really nobody knew me.  And LCV, because it’s a good-government type goes through process and they had the board interview all the candidates.  (Laughter.)  And I went in and I did my shtick -- (laughter) -- and they endorsed me.  And I was not at all favored to win, and it was the first and probably only prominent national organization to endorse me in the primary; everybody endorsed me in the general.  (Laughter.)  But for me, at least, it was a testament that this was an organization that cared about ideas, and obviously had a really good eye for talent.  (Laughter.)  So I am here primarily out of loyalty.  There’s a little payback going on here.  (Laughter and applause.)  But then there is also the whole protecting the planet thing.  (Laughter.) </p> <p>The work you do to protect our planet and our country, and dealing with the rapidly growing threat of climate change is even more urgent and more important than the last time I spoke to you back in 2006 when I was still a senator.  Because we know two big things:  We know more about the threat than we did back then, and we know through experience that we can act; that we don’t have to be passive, that we can act in ways that protect our environment and promote economic growth at the same time.  We know we can do it.  We’ve shown we can do it.  (Applause.)</p> <p>So exactly one year ago today, I was at Georgetown University to announce my Climate Action Plan.  And I remember this because it was 95 degrees.  (Laughter.)  The staff purposely put the speech outside and so there are a number of photographs of me wiping my brow, and I don’t sweat usually.  I was hot.  (Laughter.)  But I started my speech the same way I start all my speeches on climate change –- with the facts.  Not a lot of spin, just the facts. </p> <p>We know that burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide.  We know that carbon dioxide traps heat.  We know that the levels of carbon dioxide are higher than they’ve been in 800,000 years.  We know that the 20 warmest years on record for our planet all happened since 1990 –- and last month was the warmest May ever recorded.  We know that communities across the country are struggling with longer wildfire seasons, more severe droughts, heavier rainfall, more frequent flooding.  That’s why, last month, hundreds of experts declared that climate change is no longer a distant threat -- it “has moved firmly into the present.”  Those are the facts.  You can ignore the facts; you can’t deny the facts.  (Applause.)</p> <p>So the question is not whether we need to act.  The overwhelming judgment of science, accumulated and measured and reviewed and sliced and diced over decades, has put that to rest.  The question is whether we have the will to act before it’s too late.  Because if we fail to protect the world we leave our children, then we fail in the most fundamental purpose of us being here in the first place.</p> <p>For more than 40 years, that has been your mission:  preserve and protect this planet we call home.  And by the way, it’s been the mission of a lot of members of Congress who are here today.  It’s been a priority of mine for as long as I’ve been in office.  And part of it maybe is growing up in Hawaii, where every day you appreciate the wonder of your planet but you also understand how fragile it is.  So we’re working in a few ways to do our part -- by using more clean energy, less dirty energy, and wasting less energy throughout our economy.</p> <p>Right now, America generates more clean energy than ever before.  Thanks in part to the investments we made in the Recovery Act.  (Applause.)  Remember that old Recovery Act?  (Laughter.)  It was the largest investment in green energy and technology in U.S. history -- that was just one of its attributes.</p> <p>As a consequence of those investments, the electricity we generate from wind has tripled since 2008.  (Applause.)  The energy we generate from the sun, has increased more than tenfold.  (Applause.)  Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar.  And last year alone, solar jobs jumped 20 percent.  (Applause.)</p> <p>And the good news is we can do even better.  So my Climate Action Plan will help us double our electricity from renewable energy again by 2025.  (Applause.)  And I directed the Interior Department to green-light enough private renewable energy capacity on public lands to power more than 6 million homes.  The Department of Defense –- the biggest energy consumer in America –- is installing 3 gigawatts of renewable power on its bases.  So we are going to continue to incentivize the adaptation of technologies that are not going to solve our entire problem, there’s no silver bullet, but what we’re seeing is unit costs go down, efficiency and power generation going up.  We’re moving -- and it’s making a difference.  (Applause.)</p> <p>So that’s the first part of our plan:  generating and using more clean energy.  Then we’ve got to use less dirty energy.  Since I took office, we’ve doubled how far our cars and trucks will go on a gallon of gas by the middle of the next decade.  (Applause.)  We’re helping families and businesses save billions of dollars with more efficient homes, and buildings and appliances.  By the end of the next decade, these combined efficiency standards for appliances and federal buildings will reduce carbon pollution by at least 3 billion tons compared to when I took office, and that’s an amount equal to what our entire energy sector emits in nearly half a year.  (Applause.)</p> <p>So together, we’ve held our carbon emissions to levels not seen in about 20 years.  And since 2006, no country on Earth has reduced its total carbon pollution by as much as the United States of America.  (Applause.) </p> <p>Did you find this interesting? Click the repective link for <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207241/Obama-No-other-country-has-done-as-much-to-reduce-energy-use" title="Click here for Part 2" target="_blank">Part 2</a> and <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207243/Obama-No-other-country-has-done-as-much-to-reduce-energy-use-Part-3-of-3" title="Part 3" target="_blank">Part 3</a>. </p> <p>If you are not already subscribed to our blog, register via the blue/white button on top right of this article.</p> <p> </p> <p align="center"><em>Baker Homes National Energy Study findings have been revealed. The National Energy Study, conducted with over 500 households in 14 housing associations across England, looked at how people used energy in their homes. </em></p> <p align="center"><em>Click below to access the full report</em></p> <p align="center"><em><span class="hs-cta-wrapper" id="hs-cta-wrapper-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <span class="hs-cta-node hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" id="hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <a href="https://cta-redirect.hubspot.com/cta/redirect/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"><img class="hs-cta-img" id="hs-cta-img-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" alt="National Energy Study, domestic energy use, behaviour change" style="border-width:0px;" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb.png"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> (function(){ var s='hubspotutk',r,c=((r=new RegExp('(^|; )'+s+'=([^;]*)').exec(document.cookie))?r[2]:''),w=window;w[s]=w[s]||c, hsjs=document.createElement("script"),el=document.getElementById("hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"); hsjs.type = "text/javascript";hsjs.async = true; hsjs.src = "//cta-service-cms2.hubspot.com/cs/loader.js?pg=ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb&pid=63188&hsutk=" + encodeURIComponent(c); (document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0]||document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0]).appendChild(hsjs); try{el.style.visibility="hidden";}catch(err){} setTimeout(function() {try{el.style.visibility="visible";}catch(err){}}, 2500); })(); </script> </span><br></em></p> <br> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/207042/Obama-No-other-country-has-done-as-much-to-reduce-energy-use-Part-1-of-3&bvt=rss">Elina GoudiraMon, 14 Jul 2023 06:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:207042https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206805/Climate-change-what-40-years-of-data-shows-us#Comments0Climate change: what 40 years of data shows ushttps://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206805/Climate-change-what-40-years-of-data-shows-us<p>NASA and the University of California have recently announced that melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet is <em>“unstoppable with major consequences”</em>. The findings mean that sea level projections will need to be revised upwardly, closer to 4 feet of sea level rise.</p> <p>The NASA research incorporated 40 years of observational data and measurements from various satellites, which use altimeters to monitor the changes in the height of ice sheets. According to glaciologist Eric Rignet of NASA, a large glacier section in the Amundsen Sea sector of West Antarctica <em>“has gone into a state of irreversible retreat and has passed the point of no return”</em>.</p> <p><img id="img-1404744362626" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/Glacier retreat GIF.gif" border="0" alt="Glacier retreat GIF" width="358" height="196" class="alignCenter" style="height: 196px; width: 358px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="left"><em>Retreat of ice sheets in West Antarctica between 2002 – 2022, Source: NASA</em></p> <p>The most important piece of evidence presented in the study is the inland retreat of <em>“grounding lines”</em>.  Glaciers are located on the land and their leading edges float on the seawater. Simply put, grounding line is the point where the glacier first loses contact with water, and melting takes place underside the glacier and beyond the grounding line. Large sections of glaciers in West Antarctica are now floating over the areas where they were previously grounded solidly on land, which indicates a severe retreat of grounding lines. You can read the full press release <a href="https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2022-148">here</a>.</p> <p><img id="img-1404744422255" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/nasa blog1.PNG" border="0" alt="nasa blog1" width="370" height="209" class="alignCenter" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></p> <p align="center"><em>Grounding-line retreat, Source: NASA</em></p> <p>The melting of these glaciers has long been a subject of debate among scientists and now with the long-term data available to us, researchers can confirm that it is really happening and much faster than previously estimated. Rignet adds, <em>“We have witnessed glacier grounding lines retreat by kilometres every year, glaciers thinning by metres every year hundreds of kilometres inland, losing billions of tons of water annually, and speeding up several percent every year to the flanks of topographic divides.”  </em></p> <p>What is the reason behind this accelerated collapse? All signs lead to human-induced climate change. The melting of ice sheet occurs due to the warmer water flows in the ocean and which is driven by westerly winds. The westerly winds around Antarctica have gotten stronger since the 1970s due to global warming and stronger winds have increased the amount of warm water moving to the South and North Poles.</p> <p>As the scientists note, the collapse of ice sheets in West Antarctica was likely to retreat regardless of climate change. However, with the increased emission levels in the atmosphere as a result of human activity, we caused it to happen much earlier and at a much faster rate. What’s more alarming is that Amundsen Sea sector can cause a chain reaction, escalating into the collapse of East Antarctica glacier sectors which have more ice.</p> <p>If no measures are taken to reduce carbon emissions and control our impact on the environment, the melting of glaciers can speed up even further. Our current infrastructure and resources are already inefficient and limited, even without the risk of sea level rise. Therefore we need to act not only to adapt to the impacts of climate change but also to reduce our current impacts rapidly and drastically.</p> <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"><strong>Reducing carbon emissions in the home through behaviour change</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>Baker Homes' National Energy Study findings have been revealed. The National Energy Study, conducted with over 500 households in 14 housing associations across England, looked at how people used energy in their homes. </em></p> <p align="center"><em>Click below to access the full report</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span class="hs-cta-wrapper" id="hs-cta-wrapper-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <span class="hs-cta-node hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" id="hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <a href="https://cta-redirect.hubspot.com/cta/redirect/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"><img class="hs-cta-img" id="hs-cta-img-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" alt="National Energy Study, domestic energy use, behaviour change" style="border-width:0px;" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb.png"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> (function(){ var s='hubspotutk',r,c=((r=new RegExp('(^|; )'+s+'=([^;]*)').exec(document.cookie))?r[2]:''),w=window;w[s]=w[s]||c, hsjs=document.createElement("script"),el=document.getElementById("hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"); hsjs.type = "text/javascript";hsjs.async = true; hsjs.src = "//cta-service-cms2.hubspot.com/cs/loader.js?pg=ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb&pid=63188&hsutk=" + encodeURIComponent(c); (document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0]||document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0]).appendChild(hsjs); try{el.style.visibility="hidden";}catch(err){} setTimeout(function() {try{el.style.visibility="visible";}catch(err){}}, 2500); })(); </script> </span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <br> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206805/Climate-change-what-40-years-of-data-shows-us&bvt=rss">Begum Bidik NashWed, 09 Jul 2023 06:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:206805https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206987/Fuel-poverty-statistics-release-2022#Comments2Fuel poverty statistics release 2022https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206987/Fuel-poverty-statistics-release-2022<p>DECC have released the <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/annual-fuel-poverty-statistics-report-2022" title="latest statistics on fuel poverty" target="_blank">latest statistics on fuel poverty</a> in the UK. The statistics actually date from 2024, reflecting the time to survey and analyse primary data.</p> <p><img id="img-1404472805580" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/department of energy and climate change3.png" alt="Department of Energy " class="alignRight" style="float: right;" border="0" height="249" width="191">The headline figures are that fuel poverty declined to 2.28 million households in England in 2024 from 2.39 million in 2011. The definition of fuel poverty, and hence the way the data was analysed, changed between those years. As the report puts it, “it is difficult to accurately isolate reasons for the changes”. Nevertheless, it does suggest that the small decrease reflects the slightly higher incomes and slight improvement in energy efficiency of housing as factors.</p> <p>A particularly worrying outcome from the report is the projection that the number of fuel poor households will increase to 2.33 million in 2022, mainly due to energy price increases.</p> <p>The report also recognises a strong correlation between SAP rating of homes and the likelihood of a household living in fuel poverty. The lower the SAP rating of a home, the increased likelihood of that household living in fuel poverty. 10% of households in Housing Associations are in fuel poverty and 9% in Local Authority Housing.</p> <p>From the Baker Homes point of view, whilst we are pleased with the decrease, we think it is plain wrong that over 2 million people are in fuel poverty in England, arguably one of the most developed countries in the world. Well-being factors such as health, education and security all suffer as a result of fuel poverty.  In addition, excess carbon emissions from energy inefficient homes affect, through drought- and flood-causing climate change, the well-being of others in the world. We know through our work with <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/shift/" title="SHIFT" target="_blank">SHIFT</a> members and <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/stock-carbon-assessment/" title="CROHM" target="_blank">CROHM</a>, that many energy efficiency improvement programmes have been halted as a result of the recent cuts in ECO funding.</p> <p>What is to be done? One way or another, it is clear that funding must be found from somewhere to improve the energy efficiency of social homes. On the other side of the coin, we hear from funders, such as the energy companies, that they do have funding and yet social landlords are not taking these offers up. Why not? Is the funding not enough? Or perhaps is there lack of a national energy efficiency standard for social landlords to achieve (as in Scotland)? No-one likes imposed standards and targets, but if this dislike causes over 2 million people to live in appalling circumstances, is this dislike justified?</p> <p>We are seeking for opinions on possible funding sources and other drivers to improve the lot of those in fuel poverty and to improve the energy efficiency of homes. Please contact us with your thoughts.</p> <p align="center"><em>Baker Homes National Energy Study findings have been revealed. The National Energy Study, conducted with over 500 households in 14 housing associations across England, looked at how people used energy in their homes. </em></p> <p align="center"><em>Click below to access the full report</em></p> <p align="center"><em><span class="hs-cta-wrapper" id="hs-cta-wrapper-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <span class="hs-cta-node hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" id="hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <a href="https://cta-redirect.hubspot.com/cta/redirect/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"><img class="hs-cta-img" id="hs-cta-img-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" alt="National Energy Study, domestic energy use, behaviour change" style="border-width:0px;" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb.png"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> (function(){ var s='hubspotutk',r,c=((r=new RegExp('(^|; )'+s+'=([^;]*)').exec(document.cookie))?r[2]:''),w=window;w[s]=w[s]||c, hsjs=document.createElement("script"),el=document.getElementById("hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"); hsjs.type = "text/javascript";hsjs.async = true; hsjs.src = "//cta-service-cms2.hubspot.com/cs/loader.js?pg=ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb&pid=63188&hsutk=" + encodeURIComponent(c); (document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0]||document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0]).appendChild(hsjs); try{el.style.visibility="hidden";}catch(err){} setTimeout(function() {try{el.style.visibility="visible";}catch(err){}}, 2500); })(); </script> </span><br></em></p> <p> </p> <p><b><br></b></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206987/Fuel-poverty-statistics-release-2022&bvt=rss">Richard LupoMon, 07 Jul 2023 06:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:206987https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206970/Innovation-and-research-key-when-it-comes-to-reducing-water-wastage#Comments2Innovation and research key when it comes to reducing water wastagehttps://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206970/Innovation-and-research-key-when-it-comes-to-reducing-water-wastage<p>Water efficiency experts, Save Water Save Money, are pleased to announce they have been recognised at the UK Water Efficiency Awards 2022 as runners-up in the highly competitive Innovation category for their pioneering initiative - ‘The Sustainable Communities Partnership’.</p> <p><img id="img-1404396603752" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/savewatersavemoney_pr photo.jpg" alt="Savewatersavemoney PR photo" class="alignRight" style="float: right;" border="0" height="157" width="286">This partnership sees Save Water Save Money working together with Water Companies, Housing Associations and Local Authorities across the UK to provide cutting-edge water and energy saving devices that reduce water wastage and mitigate the effects of fuel poverty for Britain’s four million social housing properties.</p> <p>Established in 2024, the Partnership focuses on the use of the patented CombiSmart – a simple device for combination boilers that reduces the flow of water until it heats up to the right temperature. With 25% of household energy bills spent on heating water, it can have a huge impact on water, energy and financial savings. Tests carried out by independent consultancy Enertek suggest that CombiSmart can deliver annual savings for each household of approximately £100 if on a water meter.    </p> <p>A number of additional water and energy saving devices are provided free of charge for installation at the same time, sponsored by participating Water Companies. To date the partnership is saving an estimated 450,000 litres per day.</p> <p>Tim Robertson, Save Water Save Money said, “The quality and quantity of the entries in this years’ awards was incredible and we are thrilled to be announced as runners-up. However we were also proud to represent the team that sponsored the Energy Saving Trust’s ‘At Home with Water campaign’ which won the Research category – a campaign that raised awareness of the issues of water usage and fuel consumption and reached 70 per cent of the UK’s population.”</p> <p>He continued, “We want to make a real difference in terms of benefitting the environment whilst helping to lower water and energy bills for UK households and our message continues to be that this can be achieved by making simple, small changes.”</p> <p>For more information about Save Water Save Money’s Sustainable Communities scheme please visit <a href="https://www.sustainablecommunitiespartnership.org.uk">www.sustainablecommunitiespartnership.org.uk</a> or <a href="https://buycombismart.co.uk">https://buycombismart.co.uk</a></p> <p>-ends-</p> <p> <b>Notes to editors: </b></p> <p>For more information, product photography or interviews please contact Tim Robertson at <a href="mailto:tim@savewatersavemoney.co.uk">tim@savewatersavemoney.co.uk</a> or on 0845 371 0728.</p> <p><b>About CombiSmart savings per year /per household</b></p> <p>CombiSmart will save up to 32,000 litres and 727kWh every year equivalent to a £32.64 saving in gas and £83.62 saving in water - a total of £116.26 every year. These savings have been calculated through the independent testing consultancy firm Enertek International. Figures based on turning on a hot water appliance 24 times within a 24 hour period with the boiler at cold, 6 months (180 days) during a year.</p> <p><b>About Save Water Save Money </b></p> <p>Web: <a href="https://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk">www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk</a></p> <p>SaveWaterSaveMoney (<a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/shift/sponsor-shift/" title="SHIFT corporate partner" target="_blank">SHIFT corporate partner</a>) was established in February 2007 with the aim of helping British householders reduce their water wastage and bills. The company works with 18 of 22 Water Companies to distribute free water saving devices to their respective domestic customers. Since 2010, Save Water Save Money has distributed more than 2 million water-saving devices, saving Britain more than 24 billion litres of water.                                                                                                               </p> <p>Save Water Save Money is the UK’s largest online retailer of water efficient products, from toilets, sinks, taps and showerheads, to eco-friendly washing machines, tap inserts and waterbutts.</p> <p> </p> <p align="center"><em>Baker Homes National Energy Study findings have been revealed. The National Energy Study, conducted with over 500 households in 14 housing associations across England, looked at how people used energy in their homes. </em></p> <p align="center"><em>Click below to access the full report</em></p> <p align="center"><em><span class="hs-cta-wrapper" id="hs-cta-wrapper-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <span class="hs-cta-node hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" id="hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <a href="https://cta-redirect.hubspot.com/cta/redirect/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"><img class="hs-cta-img" id="hs-cta-img-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" alt="National Energy Study, domestic energy use, behaviour change" style="border-width:0px;" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb.png"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> (function(){ var s='hubspotutk',r,c=((r=new RegExp('(^|; )'+s+'=([^;]*)').exec(document.cookie))?r[2]:''),w=window;w[s]=w[s]||c, hsjs=document.createElement("script"),el=document.getElementById("hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"); hsjs.type = "text/javascript";hsjs.async = true; hsjs.src = "//cta-service-cms2.hubspot.com/cs/loader.js?pg=ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb&pid=63188&hsutk=" + encodeURIComponent(c); (document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0]||document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0]).appendChild(hsjs); try{el.style.visibility="hidden";}catch(err){} setTimeout(function() {try{el.style.visibility="visible";}catch(err){}}, 2500); })(); </script> </span><br></em></p> <br> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206970/Innovation-and-research-key-when-it-comes-to-reducing-water-wastage&bvt=rss">Elina GoudiraFri, 04 Jul 2023 06:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:206970https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206938/Move-aside-King-Canute-is-it-time-for-adaptation-to-move-up-the-agenda#Comments0Move aside King Canute: is it time for adaptation to move up the agenda?https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206938/Move-aside-King-Canute-is-it-time-for-adaptation-to-move-up-the-agenda<p>One of the many difficulties with persuading the venerable human psyche we all possess that it is really – no <em>really­</em> – time to act on climate change is that for most in the UK it remains a fundamentally abstract notion. Most, but not all – as was alarmingly demonstrated in recent memory on the Somerset Levels and elsewhere. Similarly, the issue of overheating, leading to what are somewhat-callously known as ‘excess deaths’, are rightly becoming a media focal point each summer as much as those from the cold in winter.</p> <p><img id="img-1404226755640" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/flooding 4.jpg" alt="Flooding image " class="alignRight" style="height: 213px; width: 321px; float: right;" border="0" height="213" width="321">People who were aware of the need to plan strategically, and even had it built into their business plans, were forced to adopt an entirely new posture as events overtook. As Peter Nixon of the National Trust <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/21/uk-floods-adapt-plan-somerset-levels" title="observed of the floods" target="_blank">observed of the floods</a>, the ‘game-changer’ was that “decisions that we thought we had a decade or more to make and plan for have to be made pretty much over-night.”</p> <p>These weather ‘shocks’ that wrought so much devastation to parts of the UK are precisely that, but there comes a point when they occur with such regularity that the word starts to cede meaning. So <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206803/The-financial-case-for-adapting-to-climate-change" title="what should we be doing" target="_blank">what should we be doing</a> to ensure that day-to-day and year-to-year maintenance and refurbishment does not become lost in the milieu?</p> <p>Addressing this risk was at the heart of the rationale behind the London-based Octavia Housing producing their <em>Climate Change Adaptation Strategy</em>, published last week and previewed by Noel Brosnan from Octavia at our <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206667/Experts-gathered-to-share-best-practice-on-retrofitting-part-1">National Retrofitting Conference</a> last month. Conducted by a team led by Keith Jones at the University of Greenwich and with funding from the Technology Strategy Board, the work sought to identify what effect current and future climate change could have on Octavia’s portfolio. Then, using this information, come up with solutions that could be integrated into an existing built asset management strategy. In essence: what is likely to happen, where, and if it does, what can we do to mitigate its effects?</p> <p>At the Conference, Noel Brosnan outlined a useful ‘starter for 10’ for housing associations to plan their approach:</p> <ul> <li>Identify current climate related threats to your stock</li> <li>Develop future climate impacts scenarios that are relevant to your circumstances</li> <li>Map current and future climate threats to your property portfolio</li> <li>Identify the coping capacity of your properties to current and future climate threats</li> <li>Identify possible adaptation solutions</li> <li>Articulate required improvements to the performance of your properties ( e.g. Let property flood but invest in resilient materials to allow quick return to use (terrace houses)</li> <li>Identify priorities</li> <li>Develop adaptation strategy</li> <li>Prepare adaptation plan</li> <li>Implement and test plan</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">The practicalities of each of these, as well as the results and lessons that Octavia learned, can be viewed in a summary of the report which can be downloaded <a href="https://www.octaviahousing.org.uk/download/81314bbf39b0065c021913cb86ad5dd8/">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Want to make the business case for incorporating adaptation works into retrofit programmes?Read our blog <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206803/The-financial-case-for-adapting-to-climate-change" title=""The financial case for adapting to climate change" " target="_blank">"The financial case for adapting to climate change"</a>  here.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Baker Homes National Energy Study findings have been revealed. The National Energy Study, conducted with over 500 households in 14 housing associations across England, looked at how people used energy in their homes. </em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Click below to access the full report</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span class="hs-cta-wrapper" id="hs-cta-wrapper-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <span class="hs-cta-node hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" id="hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"> <a href="https://cta-redirect.hubspot.com/cta/redirect/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"><img class="hs-cta-img" id="hs-cta-img-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb" alt="National Energy Study, domestic energy use, behaviour change" style="border-width:0px;" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/63188/ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb.png"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> (function(){ var s='hubspotutk',r,c=((r=new RegExp('(^|; )'+s+'=([^;]*)').exec(document.cookie))?r[2]:''),w=window;w[s]=w[s]||c, hsjs=document.createElement("script"),el=document.getElementById("hs-cta-ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb"); hsjs.type = "text/javascript";hsjs.async = true; hsjs.src = "//cta-service-cms2.hubspot.com/cs/loader.js?pg=ac7bcda7-4ba3-4548-9395-ca254ea057bb&pid=63188&hsutk=" + encodeURIComponent(c); (document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0]||document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0]).appendChild(hsjs); try{el.style.visibility="hidden";}catch(err){} setTimeout(function() {try{el.style.visibility="visible";}catch(err){}}, 2500); })(); </script> </span></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206938/Move-aside-King-Canute-is-it-time-for-adaptation-to-move-up-the-agenda&bvt=rss">John StapletonWed, 02 Jul 2023 06:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:206938https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206803/The-financial-case-for-adapting-to-climate-change#Comments0The financial case for adapting to climate changehttps://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206803/The-financial-case-for-adapting-to-climate-change<p>The National Housing Maintenance Forum asked us to write an article for their 2022 bulletin.  Here’s what we wrote.</p> <p>The floods in January this year were a timely reminder to the sector to take climate change seriously. We must adapt our homes to minimise the damage that the worst effects of climate change can cause. This article explains some of the adaptations that can be made, the benefits they bring and explores potential funding avenues.</p> <p>A useful reference source is a leaflet, ‘<a href="https://climatelondon.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/The-Business-Case.pdf">The Business Case: Incorporating adaptation measures in retrofits’</a>, we produced for the London Climate Change Partnership and is based on a real life case study, where 200 flats were adapted for climate change during a Decent Homes programme.</p> <p>UK housing is projected to experience increased flooding, water stress and overheating as a result of climate change. What are landlords doing to adapt their homes to these changes?  <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/shift/">SHIFT</a> data shows that around 20% of landlords had positively identified their stock as being in low flood risk areas. Around 8% had done the same for overheating risk. Average water usage was higher than what the Environment Agency recommends which means that there is a risk of water stress (see the graph below). In areas of severe water stress this means hose-pipe bans and standpipes for residents. Also ecological damage to waterways and reduced irrigation for crops could also be affected. All this means, that there is still some way to go before our homes are protected.</p> <p><img id="img-1403257026393" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/Water usage graph_SHIFT_blog.JPG" alt="Water usage graph SHIFT blog" class="alignCenter" style="height: 324px; width: 619px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" border="0" height="313" width="619"></p> <p>So what can be done and where can asset managers get funding for works? </p> <p>The easiest change to make is to install water meters and water efficient fittings in bathrooms and kitchens.  With forethought this costs nothing, but will save considerable amounts of water. Installing showers is popular with residents and hot water saving devices can save a huge amount on energy bills too. The good news is that the necessary water efficiency can be achieved without resorting to narrow or shallow baths which are unpopular with residents.  No specific funding is available for this but water companies have an obligation to reduce water usage so they are often willing partners.</p> <p>Saving hot water also makes significant reductions in carbon emissions. Treasury attaches a monetary value to carbon emissions reductions. This means there is some scope to make a case for carbon reduction funding.</p> <p>Flood risk reduction and reducing damage from flooding events are a little trickier to fund.  Again, a little forethought can lead to low cost interventions at the right time.  For instance during re-wiring ensure that electricity meters are above design flood levels for homes in medium or high risk flood zones. Maintenance of existing drains is often required. The work could be paid for on a whole life costing basis, taking into account the risk of a flood event happening each year. The costs to a landlord of not adapting to flooding would be significant repairs and replacement and temporary housing costs whilst drying out takes place.</p> <p>The most effective ways to combat overheating are adequate ventilation and external shading. During heatwaves, which are projected to become more frequent, vulnerable people can suffer resulting in hospital admissions. By preventing these admissions, NHS costs are reduced which may lead to an avenue to explore for funding this type of project.</p> <p>External cladding of walls can also lead to reduced overheating, but not by nearly as much as ventilation and external shading. However, external cladding also leads to affordable warmth during cold periods and reduced carbon emissions and so is a prime candidate for government funding.  Keeping homes warm can also lead to reduced hospital admissions and hence highlight another potential funding source.</p> <p>Our advice to asset managers is start assessing the risks that climate change presents to your stock and then make the necessary adaptations to those homes most at risk. The measures pay for themselves, but landlords will have to be creative in seeking the necessary funding.</p> <p>To read more about adaptation please read our blog<b> <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206938/Move-aside-King-Canute-is-it-time-for-adaptation-to-move-up-the-agenda" title=""Move aside King Canute: is it time for adaptation to move up the agenda?"." target="_blank">"Move aside King Canute: is it time for adaptation to move up the agenda?".</a></b></p> <div id="stcpDiv" style="position: absolute; top: -1999px; left: -1988px;">Baker Homes and partners present a one-day conference on improving the environmental performance of our offices and operations. - See more at: https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/shift/events/offices-and-operations/#sthash.TkUYGcQ0.dpuf</div> <div id="stcpDiv" style="position: absolute; top: -1999px; left: -1988px;">Baker Homes and partners present a one-day conference on improving the environmental performance of our offices and operations. - See more at: https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/shift/events/offices-and-operations/#sthash.TkUYGcQ0.dpuf</div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Baker Homes and partners present a one-day conference "Improving environmental performance:Offices and operations" that will take place 15th July, in London. This is an exclusive event for SHIFT members. </em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>For more information please click <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/shift/events/offices-and-operations/#sthash.TkUYGcQ0.dpbs" title="here" target="_blank">here</a>. <br></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><em><br></em></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206803/The-financial-case-for-adapting-to-climate-change&bvt=rss">Richard LupoMon, 30 Jun 2023 06:45:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:206803https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206869/New-research-reveals-a-smiley-face-could-help-save-80-a-year-in-energy-bills#Comments0New research reveals a ‘smiley’ face could help save £80 a year in energy bills.https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206869/New-research-reveals-a-smiley-face-could-help-save-80-a-year-in-energy-bills<p>A new study by Baker Homes has revealed that giving people feedback on how they use their gas and electricity could lead to a potential saving of £79 a year or 2.7m tonnes of carbon – as much as if every home in the UK had loft insulation.</p> <p><img id="img-1403683384497" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/nes_website_edit.jpg" border="0" alt="National Energy Study logo" width="285" height="102" class="alignRight" style="float: right;">The <b>National Energy Study</b>, conducted with over 500 households in 14 housing associations across England, looked at how people used energy in their homes and whether feedback, in a variety of forms, changes the way energy efficiency is perceived. Those that received feedback on the amount of gas and electricity they used, as opposed to  a control group who just received energy saving tips, were more likely to reduce energy use, with an average of 8% saved on electricity bills and 3.6% on gas.</p> <p>The most effective form of feedback were ‘smiley’ faces, sometimes known as emoticons, which ranged from a happy yellow sunshine (to represent the lowest 25% of energy use) to a sad red face (the highest 25% of energy users). Psychologists have speculated that people’s motivation to save money is trumped by that to seek approval, or ‘fit in’. The results suggest that incorporating some form of feedback – or ‘nudge’ – into smart meters could be a simple and cheap method to encourage  households to reduce energy consumption, as well as cutting bills.</p> <p>Other findings from the study were:</p> <ul> <li><b>Feedback works</b> – different types of feedback have different levels of effectiveness, but any is better than none. For example, all those who received any kind of feedback used less gas, once the weather was taken into account. Those who received none actually used more. </li> <li>There is <b>no obvious link</b> between levels of energy use and the energy rating (SAP score) of a home.</li> <li> A <b>huge variation</b> exists in people’s level of energy use, without any obvious explanation – suggesting there could be some ‘quick wins’ if people are given advice <em>and</em> feedback on saving energy</li> </ul> <p>The report sets out Part One of the study, focusing on the monitored findings from the homes and how energy use changed when people received feedback. Later in the year, Part Two will look at people’s perceptions of energy, how they attempt to save – and who they trust to provide advice.</p> <p><strong>The full report can be <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/national-energy-study/report-1-findings/" title="accessed here" target="_blank">accessed here</a>.   </strong></p> <p align="center"><em>Baker Homes is in the Green Room at CIH Manchester (stand E28). Come and say hello. Book a</em><em> </em><a href="https://www.speeddata.co.uk/Forms/Default.aspx?FormRef=CIH64Visitor"><em>free ticket to the exhibition here</em></a><em>, 24-26<sup>th</sup>June. Alternatively see us speak at five different seminars.</em></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206869/New-research-reveals-a-smiley-face-could-help-save-80-a-year-in-energy-bills&bvt=rss">John StapletonWed, 25 Jun 2023 08:03:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:206869https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206835/Sustainable-Homes-supports-call-for-one-million-retrofits-a-year#Comments2Baker Homes supports call for one million retrofits a yearhttps://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206835/Sustainable-Homes-supports-call-for-one-million-retrofits-a-year<p>The milestone 2008 Climate Change Act set out a target to cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. To date we have seen that making these cuts is possible in the housing sector – now we just need to scale it up.</p> <p>Launched today (24<sup>th</sup> June) at the House of Commons, a coalition of leading environmental bodies, including Baker Homes and its <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/shift/membership/">SHIFT membership programme</a>, are behind a major campaign to set national targets for ‘retrofitting’, with measures such as <a href="https://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Insulation/Solid-wall-insulation">Solid Wall Insulation</a>, of existing stock.</p> <p>Our homes need to be much more energy efficient. And for the UK, with over 26 million homes,<img id="img-1403533249317" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/terraced homes_3.2.jpg" alt="UK's leaky homes - national retrofitting strategy needed" class="alignRight" style="float: right;" border="0" height="169" width="255"><br>this task is extremely challenging. Even if we were to start tomorrow, we would need to modify more than 13,000 homes per week to meet UK targets for reducing emissions – that is, to use 80% less carbon than present.  In a letter to Government, the group are calling for homes to become a “national infrastructure priority”.  The organisations, from the construction, housing and environment sector, agree that setting a target of retrofitting 1 million homes per year by 2025 supports both Government’s 2050 emissions reduction commitment, as well as its strategic priorities for energy infrastructure.</p> <p>The UK’s ageing homes are amongst the coldest and draughtiest in Europe, with one of the worst records on fuel poverty and preventable winter deaths.  With £45 billion spent a year on capital infrastructure investment and bricks and mortar not included, the coalition is arguing for a £3-4 billion a year fund to be established for a significant energy efficiency improvement programme.</p> <p>In a report, titled <em>A housing stock fit for the future</em>, the group have outlined the strong economic benefits for improving home energy efficiency, including:</p> <ul> <li>Doubling of jobs in energy efficiency sector to 260,000</li> <li>Reduced emissions to meet targets and combat climate change</li> <li>Lifting 9 out of 10 homes out of fuel poverty - £300/ year reduced energy bills</li> <li>Improved residents health and wellbeing - reduced national health (NHS) costs</li> <li>Reduced reliance on imported gas</li> </ul> <p>Baker Homes will keep all its SHIFT members, partners, clients and readers updated on the progress of the campaign in the coming months. </p> <p>For the open letter to government, <a href="https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hub/63188/file-1069953909-pdf/docs/140619_Energy_efficiency_as_infrastructure_-_letter_to_Lord_Deighton.pdf" title="please click here." target="_blank">please click here.</a></p> <p>For the report <em>A housing stock fit for the future, </em><a href="https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hub/63188/file-1069953844-pdf/docs/A_housing_stock_fit_for_the_future..pdf" title="please click here" target="_blank">please click here</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p align="center"><em>Baker Homes is in the Green Room at CIH Manchester (stand E28). Come and say hello. Book a</em><em> </em><a href="https://www.speeddata.co.uk/Forms/Default.aspx?FormRef=CIH64Visitor"><em>free ticket to the exhibition here</em></a><em>, 24-26<sup>th</sup>June. Alternatively see us speak at five different seminars.</em></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206835/Sustainable-Homes-supports-call-for-one-million-retrofits-a-year&bvt=rss">Robert AmorosoTue, 24 Jun 2023 09:28:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:206835https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206811/De-minimis-State-Aid-rules-and-the-Green-Deal-Home-Improvement-Fund#Comments2De minimis: State Aid rules and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fundhttps://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206811/De-minimis-State-Aid-rules-and-the-Green-Deal-Home-Improvement-Fund<p>It is no secret that the Green Deal, launched in 2013, did not perform as desired in its first year of existence, for various reasons. Last month, after consultation, the Government announced a new funding scheme to support energy efficiency improvement works in homes – the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF). </p> <p>Aimed at homeowners including both private and social landlords, the revamped fund has shown positive results – £2.61 million issued to households – in just its first week since launching at the start of the month. </p> <p><img id="img-1403598600885" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/ewi_blur_crop_website_edit.jpg" border="0" alt="ewi blur crop website edit" width="234" height="197" class="alignRight" style="float: right;">However, its applicability across the housing sector has raised concerns for some; particularly social landlords. ‘De minimis’ thresholds for State Aid (i.e. can’t have received more than £160,000 of government funding in the last three financial years that hasn’t had state aid approval) apply and are listed as an eligibility criterion, and there is also some ambiguity as to what constitutes ‘State Aid’. </p> <p>Baker Homes has been investigating this issue to better inform the sector. </p> <p>Only de minimis aid needs to be counted towards this threshold. Funders are obliged to inform recipients if any award they received counts as de minimis state aid, and therefore the advice from DECC is to check any award letters as to whether payments you have received, or expect to receive, are de minimis aid.</p> <p>On specific schemes, the following have either received state aid clearance or the rules would not apply and therefore <b>do not </b>count towards your rolling 3 year maximum of £160,000</p> <ul> <li>Affordable Housing grant</li> <li>FIT</li> <li>ECO</li> <li>RHI</li> <li>Any other European funding</li> </ul> <p>DECC advises that ‘Applications from a landlord will be checked against a running total of state aid payments and state aid benefits that the landlord has received to date’, so there appears to be no danger of a grant being approved and then subsequently clawed back. </p> <p>For advice on specific applications, contact the <b>GDHIF Scheme Administrator</b></p> <ul> <li>email: <a href="mailto:enquiries@energy-saving-home-improvement-fund.service.gov.uk">enquiries@energy-saving-home-improvement-fund.service.gov.uk</a></li> <li>tel: 0300 555 0201 (national rate calls)</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;" align="centre"><em>Baker Homes is in the Green Room at CIH Manchester (stand E28). Come and say hello. Book a <a href="https://www.speeddata.co.uk/Forms/Default.aspx?FormRef=CIH64Visitor">free ticket to the exhibition here</a>, 24-26<sup>th</sup>June. Alternatively see us speak at five different seminars.</em></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206811/De-minimis-State-Aid-rules-and-the-Green-Deal-Home-Improvement-Fund&bvt=rss">Robert AmorosoMon, 23 Jun 2023 06:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:206811https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206794/2050-and-all-that-where-s-the-retrofit#Comments24050 and all that – where’s the retrofit?https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206794/2050-and-all-that-where-s-the-retrofit<p>Nothing sets hearts beating faster than when the words ‘EU’ and ‘directive’ come together – but it is to the service of one that the Government last month published the grandly-titled ‘<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-uks-national-energy-efficiency-action-plan-and-building-renovation-strategy">National Energy Efficiency Action Plan’</a>. The plan sets out all the steps it is taking to meet what is known as the Energy Efficiency Directive, to which all members of the EU have signed up to and has as its overall target a 20% reduction in energy use across Europe by 2025.</p> <p><img id="img-1403195413633" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/terraced homes_email_edit_v1.jpg" alt="Terraced homes" class="alignRight" style="float: right;" border="0" height="191" width="349">In 2007 the European Union set an ambitious energy saving target of 20% by 2025, against a 2007 baseline. This forms part of a wider package of targets – known as the “20-20-20 targets” – which make up the EU’s 2025 climate and energy package. Amongst others, and under the ambit of a ‘Building Renovation Strategy’, the directive commits the UK to implement ‘policies and measures to stimulate cost-effective deep renovations of buildings, including staged deep renovations’</p> <p>How does the Government respond? Taken together, the list of measures concerning the UK’s housing stock listed in the action plan appears impressive – the Green Deal, ECO, energy assessments, smart metering and Code for Baker Homes, to name but a few.</p> <p>But there have been well-documented issues and changes with just about all of the above, and as the document itself reminds us, there are 27 million homes across the UK, a large proportion of which are older, many ‘hard to treat’. Whether or not the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/jun/02/queens-speech-infrastructure-bill-zero-carbon">measures announced in the Queen’s Speech</a> to give developers the option of paying for carbon credits in lieu of achieving full zero carbon from 2016 constitutes a watering-down of the commitment is, in a sense, a distraction. They are not a factor in the 32% of emissions in the UK today coming from what we already have, and never will be (unless we were to adopt a depressing ‘it could be worse’ posture).</p> <p>The bottom line for the UK, and perhaps of greater concern in the political world than a 2007 Brussels directive, is the 2050 target the UK set for itself a year later to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050. To ‘the man on the Clapham omnibus’, both are abstract. But the latter is totemic – and at current rates of action will require more than 13,000 homes to be ‘deep retrofitted’ (that is to say, producing 80% less carbon) per week. And of course, as time marches on, this goes up, and it goes up every day. The gap between ambition and reality?  Almost beyond comprehension – because we have only ever managed 500 homes, not per week, but <em>ever</em>.</p> <p>So what does the action plan tell us? Well, arguably it is that we need some perspective on the scale of the challenge we face. That means agreeing where the biggest problems lie. Historically, just how big a part of the equation retrofit needs to be has been missing from much of the talk about ‘green homes’, and it is certainly conspicuous by its absence in the action plan. Coming up with the mechanisms that are effective, practical and, let’s face it, affordable, is no easy task – but we are in a better position to achieve them once we agree what they should be for.</p> <p> </p> <p align="center"><em>Baker Homes is in the Green Room at CIH Manchester (stand E28).  Come and say hello.  Book a <a href="https://www.speeddata.co.uk/Forms/Default.aspx?FormRef=CIH64Visitor">free ticket to the exhibition here</a>, 24-26<sup>th</sup> June.  Alternatively see us speak at five different seminars.</em></p> <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"><em><br></em></p> <p align="center"><em><br></em></p> <p> </p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206794/2050-and-all-that-where-s-the-retrofit&bvt=rss">John StapletonFri, 20 Jun 2023 06:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:206794https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206761/Energy-saving-devices-could-save-tenants-hundreds-of-pounds#Comments0Energy saving devices could save tenants hundreds of poundshttps://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206761/Energy-saving-devices-could-save-tenants-hundreds-of-pounds<p>Thousands of tenants are going to benefit from cheaper utility bills thanks to new energy saving devices. North Lincolnshire Homes part of ongo has teamed up with Sure Group and Save Water Save Money Ltd to offer tenants free products to reduce the amount of water and gas they use.</p> <p><img id="img-1403087296973" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/savewatersavemoney_pr photo.jpg" border="0" alt="Save Water Save Money: cs valve in hand" width="273" height="149" class="alignRight" style="float: right;">Starting in June, homes which have a Vokera Unica boiler installed will be given a shower timer, a water saving shower head, a toothy timer and leaky loo stickers. Tenants do not have to use them if they do not wish too; however using a combination of these products could save up to £175 per year on utility bills.</p> <p>Tenants will also be able to get their hands on an energy efficiency guide offering top tips on how to reduce utility bills as part of the social landlord’s affordable warmth project. Tenants who are eligible for these money saving products will be contacted to arrange fitting.</p> <p>From 22<sup>nd</sup> April 2013 any new Ideal Logic A rated appliance installed into a tenant’s home was fitted with a CombiSmart valve. The value speeds up the heating process by holding back the hot water until the combi boiler heats to the right temperature, therefore reducing the need to run the taps for as long - wasting cold water. Research so far suggests tenants can save up to £90 per year on water and energy bills with one of these valves fitted to a combi boiler.</p> <p>Miss Marianne Setford is one of the first tenants to be fitted with the valve and offered the energy saving devices since the beginning of June. She’s happy to have the devices installed and said: “If it’s going to save on the amount of water we use it’s a good thing and if it’ll half my bills then even better. I would recommend other people having the devices fitted if it’s offered.”   </p> <p>Tim Ball, Project Manager for Affordable Warmth and Heating, said: <em>“We are committed to offering our tenants affordable warmth and try to improve the energy efficiency of homes. This is helping to reduce the impact on both the environment and offering residents innovative money saving devices where possible.</em></p> <p><em>“Over the last six years, we’ve installed high efficient 'A' rated appliances into 3,500 homes and it’s these tenants who will benefit initially; but we have plans to increase this in the future though. When people require a new boiler fitting they will also be able to take advantage of these products.</em></p> <p><em>After research and a trial of the products over the last 18 months we’ve seen real savings can be achieved which is why we’ve decided to invest £200,000 in this project to benefit our tenants.</em></p> <p><em>People using water meters who will notice the most savings, however those who are not will save money on their gas bills.</em></p> <p><em>We will continue to monitor the results and we’re always looking for new ways to save tenants money as well as improving the energy efficiency of homes.”</em></p> <p>Simon Marsh, Director or Development at Sure Group, said: <em>“Sure Maintenance Limited, as North Lincolnshire Homes’ gas servicing contractor, is delighted to assist NLH in the provision of energy efficiency measures to properties, helping residents to save money on both energy and water bills through the installing of the CombiSmart valves and other water saving initiatives.</em></p> <p><em>These initiatives, developed by NLH, will not only assist with more efficient use of gas for residents, enabling gas boilers to reach operating temperature quickly, but also reduce water use and consequential carbon footprint of the properties.</em></p> <p><em>Properties receiving the free energy efficiency measures will be contacted by letter offering an appointment for Sure Maintenance to visit and carry out the minor works required.”</em></p> <p>Tim Robertson, Managing Director, Save Water Save Money Ltd, said: <em>“Installing CombiSmart and the various water saving devices, provided by the Sustainable Communities Partnership, will save tenants up to £175 on their utility bills every year if on a water meter, and up to £50 on their gas bill.</em></p> <p><em>Save Water Save Money is committed to helping those in social housing reduce their bills through water – in particular, hot water saving, and we are delighted to be supporting North Lincolnshire Homes in this activity.”</em></p> <p>Any tenant who agrees to monitor how the devices are working for them will be entered into a prize draw to be in for a chance of winning one of 10 x £100 vouchers.</p> <p><b>ENDS</b></p> <p>Phone: <strong>01724 279900</strong><br> Freephone: <strong>0800 032 6363</strong><br> Email: <a href="mailto:enquiries@nlhomes.org.uk"><strong>enquiries@nlhomes.org.uk</strong></a></p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Baker Homes is in the Green Room at CIH Manchester (stand E28).  Come and say hello.  Book a <a href="https://www.speeddata.co.uk/Forms/Default.aspx?FormRef=CIH64Visitor">free ticket to the exhibition here</a>, 24-26<sup>th</sup> June.  Alternatively see us speak at five different seminars.</p> <em></em> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <br> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206761/Energy-saving-devices-could-save-tenants-hundreds-of-pounds&bvt=rss">Elina GoudiraThu, 19 Jun 2023 06:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:206761https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206740/Westminster-s-leading-housing-provider-to-Chop-residents-heating-bills#Comments0Westminster's leading housing provider to Chop residents' heating billshttps://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206740/Westminster-s-leading-housing-provider-to-Chop-residents-heating-bills<p>Westminster’s leading housing provider, CityWest Homes, has pledged to fit a new energy saving device with every boiler installed on their estates over the coming year, in a bid to cut residents’ heating bills. With a portfolio of over 21,000 properties across Westminster, and fuel poverty high on the agenda,  CityWest Homes has been seeking new ways to help  reduce bills for residents.</p> <p><img id="img-1402935859653" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/PR.JPG" alt="PR" class="alignRight" style="float: right;" border="0" height="165" width="390">The Chop-Cloc is the latest innovation to be picked up by the provider. Designed by The Chopping Company, the retrofit device cuts heating bills by up to 30%, without residents having to change their heating habits. “This partnership provides a new way for us to tackle issues which really matter to us. With rising fuel bills causing concern for many of our residents, we’re putting fuel poverty at the top of our list,”comments Peter Armfield, Sustainability Manager, CityWest Homes. Chop-Cloc is fitted to the central heating system and programmes it to cut out for between 15 and 45 minutes in each hour. This makes no difference to how warm the property feels, but creates a big saving on bills, with an average household saving over £240 a year and nearly 600kg of CO2emissions.</p> <p>“Housing providers urgently need solutions to improve energy efficiency whilst ensuring that residents can afford to stay warm and safe throughout the year,” explains Garry Felgate, Sales Director, The Chopping Company. “ CityWest Homes are leading the way in driving energy efficiency in their properties and we are excited to partner with them to deliver Chop-Clocs across their estates.”Launched in 2013, Chop-Cloc has proven particularly popular with social housing providers, who can achieve half their carbon emissions reduction targets with less than 2% of their allocated budget by investing in ChopCloc as an energy efficiency measure.</p> <p>The Chop-Cloc is part of the Baker Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT). SHIFT members are some of the largest housing association providers in the country, managing properties for over 2 million residents. CityWest Homes is the first provider in London to commit to fit the device with every new boiler installation. This follows installations by numerous housing associations across the country.</p> <p><strong>ENDS</strong></p> <p>For more information contact The Chopping Company 02459 740 002</p> <p>info@thechoppingcompany.com,<a href="https://thechoppingcompany.com/" title=" www.thechoppingcompany.com" target="_blank"> www.thechoppingcompany.com</a></p> <p>For media enquiries contact Emma Murphy 0203 626 0009, emma@life-size-media.com</p> <p><strong>About CityWest Homes</strong></p> <p>CityWest Homes is an award winning property services provider based in London.</p> <p>As Westminster’s leading housing manager, CityWest Homes manage over 21,000 homes, which includes 9,000 leaseholder homes, 24,000 social homes and the communities which they are situated in. Since launching as an ALMO in 2002, the organisation's dedication to customer service has resulted in an expansion of its offering to the private sector. Services now include a private estate agency and managing an energy facility providing heating to over 3,250 homes and businesses.</p> <p><strong>About The Chopping Company</strong></p> <p>The Chopping Company is an innovative British energy efficiency company that takes a different approach to heating control. Its ambition is to make Chopping the default heating and cooling delivery management approach, saving people money, reducing consumption, reducing carbon footprints and creating a real revolution in energy efficiency.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;" lang="EN-US">Baker Homes is in the Green Room at CIH Manchester (stand E28).  Come and say hello.  Book a <a href="https://www.speeddata.co.uk/Forms/Default.aspx?FormRef=CIH64Visitor">free ticket to the exhibition here</a>, 24-26<sup>th</sup> June.  Alternatively see us speak at five different seminars. </span></em> </p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206740/Westminster-s-leading-housing-provider-to-Chop-residents-heating-bills&bvt=rss">Elina GoudiraTue, 17 Jun 2023 08:10:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:206740https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206724/Innovative-heat-scheme-for-500-London-homes-first-in-Europe#Comments0Innovative heat scheme for 500 London homes - first in Europehttps://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206724/Innovative-heat-scheme-for-500-London-homes-first-in-Europe<p>In the light of increasing fuel bills and drastic impacts of climate change, which are likely to affect most of us in some way during our lifetimes, we need innovative approaches to create a more secure, cost-effective and sustainable heat and power supply. </p> <p><img id="img-1402658994334" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/Tube station_blog image V1.jpg" alt="Tube station of Islington Council" class="alignRight" style="float: right;" border="0" height="205" width="303">The new waste-to-resource scheme was announced to utilise the excess heat generated by London’s Underground trains and warm homes in the Islington district.</p> <p>The Islington project is claimed to be the first of its kind in Europe. It is a joint venture developed by Islington Council, London Mayor Boris Johnson, UK Power Networks and Transport for London.</p> <p>The project is a part of an ongoing initiative to harness secondary heat in the city and is run through Islington Council’s innovative Bunhill Heat and Power heat network which already generates cheaper and greener energy for 700 homes in Islington.</p> <p>Under the new project the network will capture and utilize two local sources of waste heat. The heat will be captured from a London Underground vent at a Northern Line station, as well as from an electrical substation owned and operated by UK Power Networks. The network has 1.4 miles of pipes which carry the heat to local housing and a leisure centre. Waste heat from London Underground will be captured and added to this network. This expansion of network will supply energy to at least a further 500 homes in the borough.</p> <p>Cllr Rakhia Ismail, Islington Council's executive member for sustainability, said: "<em>Recycling heat from London Underground and the electrical network are exciting new ideas and a boost to our work to tackle fuel poverty and make Islington a fairer place. This cheaper energy scheme is greener too - local communities will see CO<sub>2</sub> emissions drop by around over 500 tonnes each year”.</em></p> <p>Reusing excess heat from London Underground is a part of a four-year European Union project called <a href="https://www.celsiuscity.eu/">Celsius</a>. The aim of Celsius is to demonstrate new and innovative technologies and approaches, like this one to utilize waste heat generated within cities.</p> <p>The Mayor of London supports locally produced heat and power and is keen to lead the way on using existing sources of excess heat in London, rather than allowing it to be wasted. The Mayor produced a detailed assessment of opportunities across London to make use of secondary energy. The report from the study can be found <a href="https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/032450%20GLA%20Secondary%20Heat%20-%20Summary%20Report.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p>The project will contribute to the Mayor’s target to cut carbon emissions by 60% and produce 25% of London’s energy from local sources by 2025. In addition, it will save residents hundreds of pounds on energy costs. It is a sustainable power and heat supply that has previously been ignored.</p> <p>For more information on the project visit <a href="https://www.islington.gov.uk/islington/news-events/news-releases/2013/11/Pages/PR5021.aspx">Islington Council website.</a></p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;" lang="EN-US">Baker Homes is in the Green Room at CIH Manchester (stand E28).  Come and say hello.  Book a <a href="https://www.speeddata.co.uk/Forms/Default.aspx?FormRef=CIH64Visitor">free ticket to the exhibition here</a>, 24-26<sup>th</sup> June.  Alternatively see us speak at five different seminars. </span></em><span lang="EN-US"></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206724/Innovative-heat-scheme-for-500-London-homes-first-in-Europe&bvt=rss">Magdalena BilinskaMon, 16 Jun 2023 06:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:206724https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206691/Experts-gathered-to-share-best-practice-on-retrofitting-part-2#Comments0Experts gathered to share best practice on retrofitting- part 2https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206691/Experts-gathered-to-share-best-practice-on-retrofitting-part-2<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves></w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting></w:TrackFormatting> <w:PunctuationKerning></w:PunctuationKerning> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas></w:ValidateAgainstSchemas> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF></w:DoNotPromoteQF> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-GB</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables></w:BreakWrappedTables> <w:SnapToGridInCell></w:SnapToGridInCell> <w:WrapTextWithPunct></w:WrapTextWithPunct> <w:UseAsianBreakRules></w:UseAsianBreakRules> <w:DontGrowAutofit></w:DontGrowAutofit> <w:SplitPgBreakAndParaMark></w:SplitPgBreakAndParaMark> <w:DontVertAlignCellWithSp></w:DontVertAlignCellWithSp> <w:DontBreakConstrainedForcedTables></w:DontBreakConstrainedForcedTables> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx></w:DontVertAlignInTxbx> <w:Word11KerningPairs></w:Word11KerningPairs> <w:CachedColBalance></w:CachedColBalance> </w:Compatibility> <m:mathPr> <m:mathFont m:val="Cambria Math"></m:mathFont> <m:brkBin m:val="before"></m:brkBin> <m:brkBinSub m:val="--"></m:brkBinSub> <m:smallFrac m:val="off"></m:smallFrac> <m:dispDef></m:dispDef> <m:lMargin m:val="0"></m:lMargin> <m:rMargin m:val="0"></m:rMargin> <m:defJc m:val="centerGroup"></m:defJc> <m:wrapIndent m:val="1440"></m:wrapIndent> <m:intLim m:val="subSup"></m:intLim> <m:naryLim m:val="undOvr"></m:naryLim> </m:mathPr></w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--> <p>Experts in the sustainability and building sector gathered at National Retrofit Conference on 4<sup>th</sup> June at the majestic Manchester Town Hall. A great line up of speakers brought together some of the sector’s most innovative projects, technologies and successful schemes on retrofitting. Presentations were supplemented by workshops to trigger discussion and get an insight into current issues and approaches.</p> <p><img id="img-1402584291672" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/Manchester Town Hall from Albert Square_edit_V2.JPG" alt="Manchester Town Hall from Albert Square edit V2" class="alignRight" style="float: right;" border="0" height="304" width="225">Here’s part 2 of what we heard at the conference (part 1 can be found<a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206667/Experts-gathered-to-share-best-practice-on-retrofitting-part-1"> here</a>).</p> <p>After a set of innovative and inspirational case studies delegates were given a live demonstration from Neill Ryan, CEO of VRM Technology. Neill presented a cloud-based retrofit platform- <a href="https://www.vrmtechnology.co.uk/refurbify/">Refurbify</a>- and how it can help to bridge the gap between estimation and delivery.</p> <p>Focus then switched to a localized combined heat and power (CHP) scheme. Bevan Jones, Sustainability Manager at Catalyst Housing, <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/shift/membership/">a Gold SHIFT member</a>, shared Catalyst’s experiences with biomass powered CHP which achieved an overall 60% efficiency in operation between January – May period 2013. Bevan said district heating is one of the lowest cost ways to get to low carbon and stressed some key points which are crucial to deliver a successful project.</p> <p>Will Ray, Head of Energy Design Centre at <a href="https://www.rockwool.co.uk/">ROCKWOOL</a> gave a great, to-the-point presentation on retrofit return on investment and how to make a convincing business case. Amongst other things, he highlighted the positive link between EPC rating and property value, and the fact that inefficiently insulated and poor quality housing costs the NHS £760m a year. The challenge, he said, is to capture the social, financial and health benefits of retrofit projects.  The benefits of retrofit are very clear.</p> <p>We heard some inspiring outputs from Noel Brosnan, Director of Asset Management at Octavia and Faud Ali, a post-doctoral researcher from University of Greenwich, on how the London-based housing association had developed a climate change adaptation strategy and the lessons learned.  </p> <p>Some exciting news was announced. Baker Homes are launching e-learning modules.  These will cover fuel poverty, sustainable construction, energy efficiency and how to be green in your office. Andrew also sought views as to whether social indicators should be added to SHIFT assessments, as well as contractors potentially also independently benchmarking their environmental performance.</p> <p>The conference finished off with the update on the <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/energy-analysis/">National Energy Study</a>. Andrew Eagles talked through preliminary findings of this large-scale behaviour change research which is being undertaken in conjunction with DECC, involving monitoring of 400 homes. The study will be launched in full on 25<sup>th</sup> July at the CIH conference in Manchester.</p> <p>All in all, an inspiring day filled with innovative views and ideas. Baker Homes would like to thank all the speakers and attendees for the contribution and engagement, and for providing such positive feedback comments. 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src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206691/Experts-gathered-to-share-best-practice-on-retrofitting-part-2&bvt=rss">Elina GoudiraFri, 13 Jun 2023 06:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:206691https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206667/Experts-gathered-to-share-best-practice-on-retrofitting-part-1#Comments0Experts gathered to share best practice on retrofitting - part 1https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206667/Experts-gathered-to-share-best-practice-on-retrofitting-part-1<p><span lang="EN-US">Experts in the sustainability and building sector gathered at the National Retrofitting Conference on 4<sup>th</sup><span class="apple-converted-space"> </span>June at the majestic Manchester Town Hall. A great line up of speakers brought together some of the sector’s most innovative projects, technologies and successful schemes on retrofitting. Presentations were supplemented by workshops to trigger discussion and get an insight into current issues and approaches.</span></p> <p><span lang="EN-US">Here’s part 1 summarising an inspiring morning session and workshop. </span></p> <p><span lang="EN-US">Andrew Eagles, Managing Director at Baker Homes opened the event highlighting the state of the play in the retrofit and existing homes 2022.</span></p> <p><span lang="EN-US">Rick Holland, Lead Technologist at Technology Strategy Board presented the findings from the <a href="https://www.innovateuk.org/retrofit-analysis">£17m Retrofit for the Future project</a>. By deliberately choosing some of the toughest sites, the study showed how<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span>an 80% reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions can be achieved - and this was using 2010 technology. What is perhaps underplayed, and sometimes gets lost in the business case, is the prize of improving residents’ comfort and ability to manage their monthly bills. In other words, investing in retrofit is a real quality of life issue, the likes of which very much align with many housing associations social objectives.</span></p> <p><span lang="EN-US">The potential benefits from whole-house retrofits are tremendous.  Rick Holland presented a useful illustration highlighting these benefits (see image below).  However, in the past few decades, the uptake of deep retrofit programmes has been slow. </span></p> <p><img id="img-1402486967520" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/untitled.JPG" border="0" alt="retrofit- costs and benefits" class="alignCenter" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></p> <p>The retrofit community has largely based their support for retrofitting on the benefits in terms of saving energy, such as the “Pay as you save model”.  Yet numerous research projects show that, in addition to energy savings, there are numerous other social benefits including:</p> <ul> <li>Reduced health costs - Insulation of all solid walls in UK would give total health improvement equivalent to £3.5bn - £5.0bn over the lifetime of measure (DECC, “Energy Efficiency Strategy: The Energy Efficiency Opportunity in the UK, 2024”)</li> <li>Improved social well-being - SHIFT member, <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/115868/Major-study-reveals-costed-health-crime-and-economic-benefits-of-improvements-to-homes" title="Nottingham City Homes" target="_blank">Nottingham City Homes</a>, illustrated that for every £1 spent on retrofitting can generate in excess of £4.6 worth in social benefits</li> <li>Increased employment - A long term energy efficiency programme can double the number of jobs in the sector to 240,000 jobs  (Consumers Futures, “Jobs, growth and warmer Homes, 2024”)</li> <li>Reduced fuel poverty - Energy efficiency can lift 9 out 10 homes out of fuel poverty meaning those children are more likely to do their home work. (Energy Bill Revolution, “Campaign report, 2024”)</li> </ul> <p>We are working with other organisations to highlight these other advantages.  This may help in the call for uptake of retrofit.</p> <p>Following Rick, a very useful session for social landlords in particular, was given by Patrick Allcorn, Head of Scheme Design at Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Patrick introduced the new domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and what it means for social landlords. Patrick outlined the incentives, payback and regulatory drivers behind the domestic RHI.</p> <p>Of total energy used in the home, 47% is attributed to heating. Many households are seeing firsthand savings of up to £500/ year on energy bills by switching from fossil fuel to renewable energy sources. But it’s not just about financial savings. Patrick noted the improved efficiencies in renewable technologies and the removal of energy supply delivery issues amongst others as some of the additional benefits.</p> <p>DECC do acknowledge the scope of the challenge ahead in supporting governments aim of removing fossil fuels from homes by 2050. In a move to also not stifle innovation, Patrick confirmed that the new RHI is not a static policy. He advised all in attendance to consult with both DECC and OFGEM on their renewable energy projects to foster continual improvement to the scheme and the wider sector.</p> <p>The workshops were particularly interesting. Baker Homes gained a strong steer from the group that research into the financial impacts of energy efficiency improvements would be of real help - in particular the impact on voids and rent areas. Baker Homes will be progressing this research.</p> <p>To read about <span>more innovative ideas, case studies and exciting news </span><a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206691/Experts-gathered-to-share-best-practice-on-retrofitting-part-2" title="Part 2" target="_blank">click here for part 2</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Baker Homes is in the Green Room at CIH Manchester (stand E28).  Come and say hello.  Book a <a href="https://www.speeddata.co.uk/Forms/Default.aspx?FormRef=CIH64Visitor">free ticket to the exhibition here</a>, 24-26<sup>th</sup> June.  Alternatively see us speak at five different seminars. </em></p> <br> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206667/Experts-gathered-to-share-best-practice-on-retrofitting-part-1&bvt=rss">Magdalena BilinskaThu, 24 Jun 2023 06:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:206667https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206632/Mears-Energy-wins-National-Project-Management-Award#Comments0Mears Energy wins National Project Management Awardhttps://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206632/Mears-Energy-wins-National-Project-Management-Award<p>On Thursday 29 May Mears Energy won the prestigious award for National Project Management Organisation of the Year at the inaugural Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) National Awards.<br><img id="img-1402404671980" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/pic01495.gif" border="0" alt="Corporate parner Mears Group logo" class="alignRight" style="float: right;"></p> <p>The award was made for an outstanding contribution to the industry. The judges made this special award citing that, throughout the judging process, Mears had been constantly referenced for numerous schemes and initiatives. They felt Mears deserved this special recognition for all the projects and schemes they have developed and enabled.</p> <p>The aim of the Green Deal and ECO National Awards is to bring together the whole Energy Industry to recognise companies and individuals who have made lasting contributions to the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation work.</p> <p>The Green Deal is designed to help homeowners pay for energy saving home improvements without the up front costs. The companies involved are encouraged to recommend improvements which will help reduce energy bills by more than the cost of implementing the Green Deal improvement measures. This is known as the "Golden Rule" and, put simply, means that homeowners will be better off by making Green Deal improvements than they would be if no improvements were made.</p> <p>Mears Energy Director Matt Lucas collected the award on behalf of Mears and said:<em> “We are delighted to be recognised by our sector peers and our clients. This award from the energy industry is high praise indeed. This award is great recognition for all the team’s collective hard work and effort. Mears Energy will continue to deliver leading schemes that address fuel poverty and provide warmer more comfortable and healthier homes for our clients and their tenants.”</em></p> <p>Mears Managing Director Gary Lester endorsed this saying:<em> “This is fantastic recognition for everyone involved; receiving such a high accolade in a short period to time really demonstrates the hard work put in. Well done all.”</em></p> <p><strong>ENDS</strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Notes to Editor</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>About Mears</strong></p> <p>Mears is the leading social housing repairs and maintenance provider in the UK. We provide rapid response and planned maintenance services to Local Authorities and registered Social Landlords and deliver 5,000 repairs every day to a portfolio of nearly 1,000,000 homes nationwide.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Mears Group is also a leading provider of domiciliary care – bringing the highest standards of care to people and their homes.  Our 17,000 employees work in communities across the country – from inner city estates to remote rural villages.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.mearsgroup.co.uk/" title="www.mearsgroup.co.uk" target="_blank">www.mearsgroup.co.uk </a>       <a href="https://twitter.com/mearsgroup" title="www.twitter.com/mearsgroup" target="_blank">www.twitter.com/mearsgroup</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://twitter.com/mearsgroup" title="www.twitter.com/mearsgroup" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Mears Group is a corporate partner of the sectors environmental benchmarking group, <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/shift/membership/" title="SHIFT" target="_blank">SHIFT</a>. The Baker Homes Index For Tomorrow was created and managed by Baker Homes - a UK leading provider of consultancy, training and advocacy in the housing sector.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Baker Homes offer a whole-stock carbon assessment which provides leading practical recommendations on how to improve both buildings and resident energy use and behaviour. Get in contact with us today for a free no-obligation quote on 0875 221 2232 or info@bakerstimber.co.uk.</em></p> <p align="center">Click the button below for examples of our work:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span class="hs-cta-wrapper" id="hs-cta-wrapper-6242e218-25e0-42b2-94ee-11172a1ccba9"> <span class="hs-cta-node hs-cta-6242e218-25e0-42b2-94ee-11172a1ccba9" id="hs-cta-6242e218-25e0-42b2-94ee-11172a1ccba9"> <a href="https://cta-redirect.hubspot.com/cta/redirect/63188/6242e218-25e0-42b2-94ee-11172a1ccba9"><img class="hs-cta-img" id="hs-cta-img-6242e218-25e0-42b2-94ee-11172a1ccba9" alt="CROHM for the sector: Three leading case studiesCLICK HERE" style="border-width:0px;" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/63188/6242e218-25e0-42b2-94ee-11172a1ccba9.png"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> (function(){ var s='hubspotutk',r,c=((r=new RegExp('(^|; )'+s+'=([^;]*)').exec(document.cookie))?r[2]:''),w=window;w[s]=w[s]||c, hsjs=document.createElement("script"),el=document.getElementById("hs-cta-6242e218-25e0-42b2-94ee-11172a1ccba9"); hsjs.type = "text/javascript";hsjs.async = true; hsjs.src = "//cta-service-cms2.hubspot.com/cs/loader.js?pg=6242e218-25e0-42b2-94ee-11172a1ccba9&pid=63188&hsutk=" + encodeURIComponent(c); (document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0]||document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0]).appendChild(hsjs); try{el.style.visibility="hidden";}catch(err){} setTimeout(function() {try{el.style.visibility="visible";}catch(err){}}, 2500); })(); </script> </span></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206632/Mears-Energy-wins-National-Project-Management-Award&bvt=rss">Elina GoudiraTue, 10 Jun 2023 24:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:206632https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206514/Wienerberger-partners-with-national-sustainability-benchmarking-group#Comments0Wienerberger partners with national sustainability benchmarking grouphttps://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206514/Wienerberger-partners-with-national-sustainability-benchmarking-group<p>Wienerberger, the leading supplier of wall, roof and landscaping innovations, has announced that it has become a corporate partner of Baker Homes, the UK’s leading organisation in the promotion of sustainability improvements for the built environment.</p> <p><img id="img-1401463971020" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/WB_newlogo_edit.jpg" alt="Wienerberger logo" class="alignRight" style="float: right;" border="0" height="82" width="196">The partnership is the latest example of Wienerberger’s on-going commitment and engagement with the issue of sustainable and affordable housing for the future, and will be marked by the company’s presence at the Baker Homes National Retrofitting Conference on Wednesday 4<sup>th</sup> June. </p> <p>Baker Homes, which acts as the secretariat of the Baker Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT), works to assist architects, residents, developers, planners, self builders, local authorities and housing associations to sustainably improve and refurbish the built environments, while SHIFT offers the recognised standard for affordable housing providers to prove their environmental credentials.</p> <p>Both are perfectly in keeping with Wienerberger’s own keen environmental agenda, and with SHIFT members housing over two million people across the UK, the partnership creates an opportunity for the company to communicate its own sustainability innovations and solutions (such as its e4 brick house concept) to a wide range of influential housing providers. </p> <p>Annette Forster, Director of Marketing at Wienerberger, commented:</p> <p><img id="img-1401464384499" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/annette_forster_wienerberger_head_of_marketing___1359052586585.jpg" alt="Annette Forster, Wienerberger" class="alignLeft" style="float: left;" border="0" height="135" width="96">“We feel that we share the purpose and goals of Baker Homes. Wienerberger is absolutely dedicated to reducing environmental impacts in our sector, and we are passionate about the potential our products, systems and solutions have in terms of updating, improving and refurbishing the UK’s existing housing stock. Being able to offer both new build and renovation solutions, we are perfectly placed to help to apply a fabric first approach that can transform inefficient, empty housing stock, into fully functional, affordable and environmentally conscious homes with flexible living space.</p> <p>She continued:</p> <p>“By working with an organisation of the prestige and renown of Baker Homes, we hope that we can not only contribute to the ongoing efforts towards construction industry sustainability, but actively engage with housing associations and local authorities to create a housing legacy that we can be proud of. Furthermore, our Wienerberger e4 brick house, which has been designed as a realistic and affordable solution to current housing needs, is a fully budgeted concept that will allow housing associations and local authorities to provide a  long-term resolution to a serious modern issue. It’s something that we are really excited about explaining in greater detail at the upcoming 2022 Baker Homes National Retrofitting Conference.” </p> Andrew Eagles, Managing Director of Baker Homes, commented:  <p>“We are very pleased to welcome Wienerberger to SHIFT. We believe that Wienerberger products and services can have an extremely positive impact in the sector in helping assist the sector to build new homes and retrofit their existing properties both sustainably and cost effectively. We know that the company has a long history of sustainability engagement and goals, so we are genuinely delighted we be able to stand alongside it moving forwards.” </p> <p>Wienerberger will be part of the National Retrofitting Conference at the Manchester Town Hall on the 4<sup>th</sup> June. For further information please click <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/shift/events/retrofitting-2022#sthash.45E8nWaq.dpbs" title="here" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>For more information about Wienerberger please visit <a href="https://www.wienerberger.co.uk/">https://www.wienerberger.co.uk/</a>. Follow Wienerberger on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/wienerbergeruk">https://twitter.com/wienerbergeruk</a>. </p> <b>ENDS</b> <p>For more information on this story, please contact Laura Coyne at <a href="https://www.manifestcomms.co.uk/">Manifest Communications</a> on 0113 2429 174 or email: <a href="mailto:ella@manifestcomms.co.uk">laura@manifestcomms.co.uk</a></p> <p><b> </b></p> <p><b>Notes to editors:</b></p> <p><b>Wienerberger</b></p> <p>Founded in Vienna in 1819, Wienerberger is a leading provider of wall, roof and landscaping innovations. In the UK Wienerberger has four showrooms, 22 factories and six distribution depots, with its head office in Cheadle, Cheshire. Worldwide, it has 214 plants in 30 countries and employs 13,800 people. </p> <p>Offering in excess of 1000 products, Wienerberger’s range includes the Terca and Porotherm brands as part of its wall category, Sandtoft as part of its roof category and Penter as part of its paving category, providing a wide range of building material solutions. </p> <p><b>SHIFT</b></p> <p>The SHIFT Index was established with the support of the Homes and Communities Agency, Tenant Services Authority, UK Green Building Council, WWF UK and the Greater London Authority. Baker Homes acts as the secretariat for SHIFT Index and is the leading provider of sustainable housing training and consultancy in the UK. <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/">www.bakerstimber.co.uk</a></p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span class="hs-cta-wrapper" id="hs-cta-wrapper-3b82d6d1-51ac-4056-aab5-f15bb247a06f"> <span class="hs-cta-node hs-cta-3b82d6d1-51ac-4056-aab5-f15bb247a06f" id="hs-cta-3b82d6d1-51ac-4056-aab5-f15bb247a06f"> <a href="https://cta-redirect.hubspot.com/cta/redirect/63188/3b82d6d1-51ac-4056-aab5-f15bb247a06f"><img class="hs-cta-img" id="hs-cta-img-3b82d6d1-51ac-4056-aab5-f15bb247a06f" alt="Baker Homes Retrofitting COnference 2022, Manchester, SHIFT" style="border-width:0px;" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/63188/3b82d6d1-51ac-4056-aab5-f15bb247a06f.png"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> (function(){ var s='hubspotutk',r,c=((r=new RegExp('(^|; )'+s+'=([^;]*)').exec(document.cookie))?r[2]:''),w=window;w[s]=w[s]||c, hsjs=document.createElement("script"),el=document.getElementById("hs-cta-3b82d6d1-51ac-4056-aab5-f15bb247a06f"); hsjs.type = "text/javascript";hsjs.async = true; hsjs.src = "//cta-service-cms2.hubspot.com/cs/loader.js?pg=3b82d6d1-51ac-4056-aab5-f15bb247a06f&pid=63188&hsutk=" + encodeURIComponent(c); (document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0]||document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0]).appendChild(hsjs); try{el.style.visibility="hidden";}catch(err){} setTimeout(function() {try{el.style.visibility="visible";}catch(err){}}, 2500); })(); </script> </span></p> <p> </p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206514/Wienerberger-partners-with-national-sustainability-benchmarking-group&bvt=rss">Elina GoudiraWed, 04 Jun 2023 06:30:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:206514https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206473/Retrofitting-flats-to-improve-environmental-performance-and-resident-health#Comments2Retrofitting flats to improve environmental performance and resident healthhttps://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206473/Retrofitting-flats-to-improve-environmental-performance-and-resident-health<p>At Baker Homes we like to promote the excellent work that our <a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/shift/members/" title="SHIFT members" target="_blank">SHIFT members</a> do to improve the environmental performance of their homes.  First Wessex has recently carried out some innovative works on their homes. Guided by Paul Ciniglio, Sustainability & Asset Strategist, the team at First Wessex took us on a tour - this is what we saw.</p> <p>The Heronwood project is an energy efficient retrofit and refurbishment of 20 flats<img id="img-1402427507297" src="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/Portals/63188/images/first_wessex_herronwood_2.1_27.05.14.jpg" border="0" alt="First Wessex energy retrofit project, Hampshire" width="249" height="163" class="alignRight" style="float: right;"> in <span style="font-size: 1em;">Aldershot, Hampshire.  They were all hard-to-treat</span><span> homes with higher than average annual utility costs for size and evidence of dampness and mould potentially affecting the health of occupants. The aim of the project overall, was to improve the energy performance of the flats, reduce residents household running costs and extend the remaining lifetime of the assets by at least 30 years.</span></p> <p><b>Retrofit energy strategy</b></p> <p>The package of measures deployed and the incremental improvement in energy performance according to SAP modelling is illustrated below:</p> <table style="width: 609px;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="235"> <p align="center"><b>Measure</b></p> </td> <td width="61"> <p align="center"><b>SAP rating</b></p> </td> <td width="60"> <p align="center"><b>Band</b></p> </td> <td width="104"> <p align="center"><b>CO<sub>2 </sub>emissions</b></p> <p align="center">(tonnes / year)</p> </td> <td width="149"> <p align="center"><b>Total % improvement over baseline </b>CO<sub>2</sub> emissions</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="235"> <p align="center"><b>Pre refurbishment</b></p> </td> <td width="61"> <p align="center"><b>60</b></p> </td> <td width="60"> <p align="center"><b>D</b></p> </td> <td width="104"> <p align="center"><b>2.69</b></p> </td> <td width="149"> <p align="center"><b>-</b></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="235"> <p align="center"><b>External Wall insulation </b><b>(60mm thick EPS insulation and render finish EWI – 0.3W/m2k)</b></p> </td> <td width="61"> <p align="center"><b>69</b></p> </td> <td width="60"> <p align="center"><b>C</b></p> </td> <td width="104"> <p align="center"><b>1.95</b></p> </td> <td width="149"> <p align="center"><b>27.51%</b></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="235"> <p align="center"><b>100% Low energy lighting and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery </b><b>(individual through wall room system, kitchen & bathroom)</b></p> </td> <td width="61"> <p align="center"><b>69</b></p> </td> <td width="60"> <p align="center"><b>C</b></p> </td> <td width="104"> <p align="center"><b>1.91</b></p> </td> <td width="149"> <p align="center"><b>29.00%</b></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="235"> <p align="center"><b>1.1 kWp PV system </b><b>(semi integrated, 1.25kWp installed)</b></p> </td> <td width="61"> <p align="center"><b>76</b></p> </td> <td width="60"> <p align="center"><b>C</b></p> </td> <td width="104"> <p align="center"><b>1.51</b></p> </td> <td width="149"> <p align="center"><b>43.87%</b></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="235"> <p align="center"><b>Replacement of back boiler boiler to ‘A’ rated condensing boiler </b><b>(combination boiler for space heating and hot water with full set of controls)</b></p> </td> <td width="61"> <p align="center"><b>81</b></p> </td> <td width="60"> <p align="center"><b>B</b></p> </td> <td width="104"> <p align="center"><b>1.08</b></p> </td> <td width="149"> <p align="center"><b>59.85%</b></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="235"> <p align="center"><b>Insulate flat walls to communal areas </b><b>(60mm thick EPS insulation and rendered plaster finish) </b></p> </td> <td valign="top" width="61"> <p align="center"><b>81</b></p> </td> <td valign="top" width="60"> <p align="center"><b>B </b></p> </td> <td valign="top" width="104"> <p align="center"><b>1.00</b></p> </td> <td valign="top" width="149"> <p align="center"><b>62.83%</b></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>As illustrated, under initial modelling, the household carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by 63% against pre-retrofit levels. The additional amount of PV installed on site (1.25kWp) is sufficient to reduce regulated emissions to <1tCO2 per annum and improve the post retrofit SAP to B83.</p> <p><b>Additional refurbishment works</b></p> <p>The flats benefited from other home improvement works including:</p> <ul> <li>Replacement kitchens and bathrooms as required</li> <li>Decorations to communal areas and stairs</li> <li>External works and landscaping to communal gardens including improved drying and bin store areas</li> </ul> <p>Existing windows would have ideally benefited from replacement with improved energy efficient double glazing units as demonstrated by the IRT survey, however, as these and the existing GRP canopies over communal entrances were in good order and did not present problems in terms of detailing the new EWI, it was decided that they should remain and not contribute to construction site waste through replacement.</p> <div> <p>Recognising that solar PV is a new type of innovation that residents hadn’t previously had experience with, a Wattson current cost meter was provided that takes account of on site renewable electrical generation and that which is drawn traditionally from the grid. In addition, the PV generation is remotely monitored and 40% of the flats were fitted with meters to enable the amount of export to be recorded so that the benefit of the free electricity used on site to residents can be calculated. </p> <p>This interim case study has been produced for the purposes of marking the completion of the construction works phase. The monitoring and evaluation stage of the project has now commenced and First Wessex recognises that the full success of the project cannot be evaluated until at least 24 months has elapsed post completion.</p> <p><b>Further information and contact</b></p> <p>For further information about First Wessex and sustainability visit <a href="https://www.firstwessex.org/thechoice">www.firstwessex.org/thechoice</a></p> <p><em>Baker Homes are hosting a </em><a href="https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/shift/events/retrofitting-2022#sthash.kW9OjtmK.dpbs"><b><em>national conference on retrofitting</em></b></a><em>.  Among the speakers from industry, government, and the social housing sector, will be Dr Richard Holland, Lead Technologist at the Technology and Strategy Board, who will present the findings from the Retrofit for the Future competition, discussing its implications for the sector and providing practical recommendations for those working in the industry.</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>For more information and please click on the tab bellow:</em></p> <p> </p> <div style="text-align: center;"><em><span class="hs-cta-wrapper" id="hs-cta-wrapper-3b82d6d1-51ac-4056-aab5-f15bb247a06f"> <span class="hs-cta-node hs-cta-3b82d6d1-51ac-4056-aab5-f15bb247a06f" id="hs-cta-3b82d6d1-51ac-4056-aab5-f15bb247a06f"> <a href="https://cta-redirect.hubspot.com/cta/redirect/63188/3b82d6d1-51ac-4056-aab5-f15bb247a06f"><img class="hs-cta-img" id="hs-cta-img-3b82d6d1-51ac-4056-aab5-f15bb247a06f" alt="Baker Homes Retrofitting COnference 2022, Manchester, SHIFT" style="border-width:0px;" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/63188/3b82d6d1-51ac-4056-aab5-f15bb247a06f.png"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> (function(){ var s='hubspotutk',r,c=((r=new RegExp('(^|; )'+s+'=([^;]*)').exec(document.cookie))?r[2]:''),w=window;w[s]=w[s]||c, hsjs=document.createElement("script"),el=document.getElementById("hs-cta-3b82d6d1-51ac-4056-aab5-f15bb247a06f"); hsjs.type = "text/javascript";hsjs.async = true; hsjs.src = "//cta-service-cms2.hubspot.com/cs/loader.js?pg=3b82d6d1-51ac-4056-aab5-f15bb247a06f&pid=63188&hsutk=" + encodeURIComponent(c); (document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0]||document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0]).appendChild(hsjs); try{el.style.visibility="hidden";}catch(err){} setTimeout(function() {try{el.style.visibility="visible";}catch(err){}}, 2500); })(); </script> </span></em></div> <em><br></em> <p> </p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=63188&k=14&bu=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/&r=https://www.bakerstimber.co.uk/blog/bid/206473/Retrofitting-flats-to-improve-environmental-performance-and-resident-health&bvt=rss">Robert AmorosoWed, 28 May 2023 06:00:00 GMTf1397696-738c-4295-afcd-943feb885714:206473