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Tuesday, May 14, 2023 guest author
This blog is aimed at social landlords with logo’ed work clothes and at suppliers of recycling services (or logo’ed clothes) looking for a new business opportunity.  If you have any suggestions or comments, please comment on this blog below. One of our SHIFT members highlighted the difficulty they had dealing with work clothes after a rebranding exercise.  They wanted to deal with...Read More
Thursday, May 9, 2023 guest author
Reviewing and changing energy usage habits in and around the home on a day to day basis is the one sure way customers will pay less for their gas and electricity, and with carbon emissions at an all time high, we should all be doing our bit to take responsibility for our usage. Over the last three years Utilita has successfully partnered with a variety of Housing Associations across the UK,...Read More
Wednesday, May 8, 2023 guest author
A new £6million competition aimed at getting renewable heating kit into the homes of social tenants across Great Britain has been launched by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). This new competition, part of the extended Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme announced in March this year, will help registered providers of social housing to install heat pumps, solar...Read More
Wednesday, May 8, 2023 Bill Wright
A measles epidemic has just swept through parts of South Wales, and although some doctors now suggest that incidences of the virus have peaked, at the time of writing, over 1,000 cases, 84 hospitalisations, and one suspected fatality have been reported. It has been blamed on public mistrust of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination...Read More
Tuesday, May 7, 2023 Zé Sandell
The IMF has recently published a report in which it comes out strongly against fossil fuel subsidies, concluding that they disproportionately benefit the wealthy (who consume more), and are a threat to the environment and national economies, sucking funds away from public spending. The IMF has calculated that around $1.9 trillion worldwide, or a total of 8 percent of Government revenue ...Read More
Thursday, May 2, 2023 guest author
One of our SHIFT members, Southway Housing Trust, is supporting community food growing programmes around neighbourhoods in South Manchester, and would like to hear from other Housing Associations who have run similar projects around the country. They would like to share examples of learning and good practice with other registered housing providers who run similar projects, and also...Read More
Wednesday, May 1, 2023 Robert Amoroso
Baker Homes and partners are delighted to announce that Robert Napier CBE, Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), will be speaking at the Retrofitting 2013 conference on Wednesday 5 th June. Robert will be speaking on the work of HCA and the empty homes initiative. HCA has been instrumental in taking forward the Coalition Government's Empty Homes initiative and in 2024...Read More
Thursday, Apr 25, 2023 guest author
We are all accustomed to thinking ethically about almost every aspect of our lifestyle choices; however, it is also becoming increasingly important to focus on the home as a place where it is possible to make a real difference, not only to the wider environment, but also to personal finances. Environmentally friendly thinking is a great way to help ensure our world becomes that little bit...Read More
Wednesday, Apr 24, 2023 guest author
The latest figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change show that 7,400 Green Deal assessments were carried out in March, a significant rise on the 1,803 that were carried out in February. This brings the total number of assessments to 9,268 since the Green Deal was launched at the end of January 2013. In addition, 108 GD Assessor Organisations and the 1,003 GD Advisors...Read More
Monday, Apr 22, 2023 guest author
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), working with local authorities, developers and registered providers, has reported a strong year of delivery in 2024/13. The early assessment of the HCA’s year end figures shows that despite continued challenging market conditions the Agency has met or exceeded its key output targets over the last year. As well as supporting businesses and jobs by...Read More
Thursday, Apr 18, 2023 Andrew Eagles
Fuel poverty is projected to impact on one in three homes by 2016 (Camco, February 2024).   Many of our clients are asking for help business planning how to get their homes to low carbon. We thought it might be of use to set out one of these projects as a case study.  Staffordshire Housing Group asked us to evaluate which measures would most cost effectively improve the...Read More
Thursday, Apr 18, 2023 Zé Sandell
Baker Homes has become aware of a new product being used by some landlords to reduce energy bills for their residents, and we thought it might be of interest to you! Chop-Cloc works by providing an easy interface for residents to reduce the time their boilers are on. Research undertaken by the Scottish Institute of Sustainable Technology in July 2024 has found that boiler time can...Read More
Wednesday, Apr 10, 2023 guest author
Some of our SHIFT members have been completing really useful case studies. We thought you might find this of use.  Eco homes planned for NW Bicester, the UK’s first eco town, will be designed to cope with more extreme weather such as heat waves, following predictions that the climate in Britain will become more erratic due to global warming.   Evidence shows that in the future heat...Read More
Monday, Apr 8, 2023 guest author
The National Housing Federation recently had its Shared Ownership Week, a cause which Baker Homes is helping to promote. During the week of campaigning, housing associations and local stakeholders were offered the chance to improve their understanding of shared ownership, and promote the need for it in the areas in which they work, thereby providing us a great...Read More
Friday, Apr 5, 2023 guest author
I saw this article recently (in New Scientist, February 2013) and thought it may be of interest and a welcome to hear that reports are predicting that the US is on track to meet its reduction in emissions goal . By 2025, Obama aims to cut US emissions by 17 percent from the 2005 levels.  The failure of Congress to adopt new laws enforcing a reduction in emissions made it seem unlikely...Read More
Thursday, Mar 28, 2023 guest author
On Tuesday, o ne year on from the launch of the UK’s first ever heat strategy, the Government set out the next steps to ensure affordable, secure, low carbon heating plays an important role in the nation’s energy mix, now and in the years to come. The scale of the challenge is huge, with over 80 per cent of heating used in UK homes, businesses and industry produced by burning fossil...Read More
Tuesday, Mar 26, 2023 guest author
Viridian Housing Association, a SHIFT member , joined the likes of Sainsbury’s, BT Group and Marks & Spencer, by beating off stiff competition to win the Sustainable City Award for its exceptional work on tackling climate change. The housing association was crowned winner of the Climate Change category and walked away with the prestigious accolade at a glamorous ceremony held at the...Read More
Friday, Mar 22, 2023 guest author
Energy Minister Greg Barker has announced a clarification in the rules on permitted development, to ease planning restrictions that may have restricted installations of solid wall insulation (SWI). Permitted development rules can decide which alterations to a building may be carried out without a formal planning application. Concerns had been raised that works to the front of a building...Read More
Friday, Mar 22, 2023 Ze Sandell
The UK government provided re-assurance to the green building community in announcing in yesterday’s (March 20 th ) 2013 Budget, their commitment to ‘zero-carbon’ homes from 2016 (new-build public buildings and non-domestic buildings must be ‘zero-carbon’ from 2018 and 2019 respectively).   The term ‘zero-carbon’ refers only to the offsetting of emissions (or generation of energy...Read More
Friday, Mar 22, 2023 guest author
IKO PLC, UK market leader in innovative roofing and waterproofing solutions, is proud to become the latest corporate partner of the Baker Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT). The only initiative to provide a comprehensive environmental benchmark for affordable housing providers, the Baker Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT) was originally developed with the support of...Read More
Wednesday, Mar 20, 2023 guest author
One of our key partners has a great idea.  How about millions of us switch off our lights at the same time for an hour. The WWF started Earth Hour in 2007.  Now each year millions of people across the globe turn off their lights. Not only does it save carbon but it also gives a great opportunity to look at the stars without light pollution. This year Earth Hour will be...Read More
Monday, Mar 18, 2023 Andrew Eagles
Not long ago, Manchester City Council laid on a coach tour for policy experts . As we swept into an estate in a deprived part of the city, the whole coachload gasped and the tour guide exclaimed in shock. The square in the centre of the estate was surrounded by 30 foot high spiked railings and the council building at one end resembled a militarised fortress, writes Anna Minton . This is...Read More
Friday, Mar 15, 2023 guest author
At Baker Homes we exhibit throughout the year.  It is a useful way to connect with people, and hear their views. There is a good event coming up in May when Greenbuild , the professionals' sustainable refurbishment and building event, returns to Manchester Central. We are sharing stand E18 with a company called Save Water Save Money.  On the stand wewill have our...Read More
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2023 Robert Amoroso
A group of leading manufacturers and suppliers of energy efficiency solutions, are taking Eric Pickles to court over his decision to scrap a Government policy that would have made it a requirement for homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their properties when building an extension.  The Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE), which represents 24 UK-based...Read More
Monday, Mar 11, 2023 guest author
What is triple glazing? Triple-glazing is now used instead of double glazing to create more energy-efficient homes. Already popular in Europe, and originally designed for the harsh  winters of Canada and Scandinavia, triple glazing is now increasing in popularity in the UK. Modern windows are made from three panes of glass, providing greater thermal insulation than two panes....Read More