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Baker Homes Blog

Begum Bidik Nash

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Your chance to shape leading research for the housing sector this winter!

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 09/06/16 07:30

Baker Homes carries out research into the areas that are of most value to the housing sector. Over the last few years, we have looked into the impact of feedback on residents’ energy use, the performance gap in existing homes and new builds, and the link between rent arrears and improved energy efficiency. We received great feedback and gained involvement from government, landlords and the supply chain.  Now is your chance to provide input on our next research proposals and submit your own idea for Baker Homes to take forward.

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Topics: Baker Homes, research, Housing Sector

Five key events to power up your sustainability campaign this year

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 15/03/16 07:30

SHIFT landlords often ask us about how they can better engage staff and residents on sustainability issues. Planning your internal or resident engagement around worldwide movements is a great way to create a buzz and gain interest. Utilise these events to encourage your colleagues and residents to take action and increase buy-in into your organisation’s sustainability agenda.

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Topics: Sustainability, Behaviour change, Ecology, Environment

How SHIFT landlord won top award for regeneration scheme

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 11/01/16 08:00

Plymouth Community Homes’ regeneration of North Prospect was named the Regeneration Scheme of the Year at the Inside Housing Top 60 Awards. This blog piece is part of a series we are doing looking in depth at leading schemes of housing associations.

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Topics: Retrofit, Baker Homes, Energy efficiency, Housing Sector

New EU boiler directive comes into force: all new systems required to display energy efficiency labels

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 25/09/15 10:48

New energy standards for home boilers entering into force this month are expected to take offline the equivalent of 47 Fukushima-type nuclear power stations in Europe by 2025, according to the European Environmental Bureau (EEB).

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Topics: Heating, Retrofit, Housing Associations, Regulations & Standards, Energy, Government

Tackling overheating in homes: The big picture - New Findings

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 15/06/15 15:10

New homes are being built and retrofitted to meet higher thermal efficiency standard. These include improved air-tightness and fabric insulation, which can increase the risk of overheating if steps are not taken alongside this to enable excess heat to be easily removed. Moreover, the expected increase in the frequency of heat waves and future rises in average external temperatures as result of climate change are likely to drive more cases of overheating in our homes.

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Topics: Retrofit, Social housing, Health and Wellbeing, Overheating, New build, Energy efficiency, Housing Sector

Top 5 things your board can do to avoid a downgrade

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 01/04/15 07:30

Under co-regulation rules, housing association Boards have the responsibility of ensuring that their organisations meet the regulatory standards, produce accurate reports on time, and have adequate internal controls.

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Topics: Housing Associations, Regulations & Standards, Value for money

Feedback on energy use helps residents make significant savings

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 10/11/14 07:30

Baker Homes and partners undertook a national study to test the effectiveness of practical ways to deliver information to domestic energy users to encourage them to save energy. The following is the fourth instalment of the second major report we published of our findings which focuses on understanding residents’ perceptions of energy and how they use energy in the home.

Forty-six percent of participants have not considered changing their energy suppliers in the last 2 years (Figure 1). Twenty percent had considered switching since the National Energy Study began, and 34% stated that they had considered this within the last 2 years. Of those who had considered this, 41% (67 homes) completed the switch.

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Topics: National Energy Study, Behaviour change, Residents

Housing associations most trusted source of energy saving advice - new study

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 06/11/14 24:30

Baker Homes and partners undertook a national study in 500 homes to test the effectiveness of practical ways to deliver information to domestic energy users to encourage them to save energy. The following is the third instalment of the second major report we published of our findings which focuses on understanding residents’ perceptions of energy and how they use energy in the home.

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Topics: National Energy Study, Housing Associations, Energy

Most people still don’t understand their energy bills, study finds

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 04/11/14 07:30

Recently Baker Homes and partners undertook a national study to test the effectiveness of practical ways to deliver information to domestic energy users to encourage them to save energy. The following is the second instalment of the second major report we published of our findings which focuses on understanding residents’ perceptions of energy and how they use energy in the home.

 The survey results showed that 40% had problems with keeping their homes warm, even with the heating on. This could be an indication of under-heating, inadequate insulation, draughty windows or inefficient heating systems. (Figure 1).

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Topics: National Energy Study, SHIFT partner, Energy, Bills

Low income households use most gas and worst hit by rising energy costs

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 30/10/14 07:30

Baker Homes and partners undertook a national study to test the effectiveness of practical ways to deliver information to domestic energy users to encourage them to save energy. The following is the first instalment of the second major report we published of our findings which focuses on understanding residents’ perceptions of energy and how they use energy in the home.

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Topics: National Energy Study, Behaviour change, Residents, Bills

A wake up call – What our climate change goals mean

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 25/08/14 07:30

As a number of commentators note, climate change is one of the most significant threats we face.

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Topics: Retrofit, Consultation, Renewable energy & heat

Climate change: what 40 years of data shows us

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 09/07/14 07:30

NASA and the University of California have recently announced that melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet is “unstoppable with major consequences”. The findings mean that sea level projections will need to be revised upwardly, closer to 4 feet of sea level rise.

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Topics: Consultation, Baker Homes, Zero carbon, Climate change

IPCC report announces new findings – comments on extreme weather events

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 15/05/14 09:43

Every seven years, the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) releases its latest assessment of the evidence for climate change due to human activities. The latest report warns of the increase in the likelihood of “severe, pervasive and irreversible” impacts, and urges organisations and governments to take adaptation measures as a matter of urgency. The following is a summary of the latest Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Topics: Consultation, SHIFT accreditation standard, Baker Homes, Climate change

New empty homes research - refurbishment reduces bills by hundreds of pounds

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 20/02/14 10:07

Council Tax Data published in November 2024 estimated the number of empty houses in the UK at over 710,000. That could provide housing for over 1.5 million people.

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Topics: SHIFT accreditation standard, Baker Homes, Bills, Energy efficiency

Grants up to £2300 available for renewable heating systems

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 22/01/14 11:31

The deadline for Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) voucher scheme is approaching on March 31st, 2022. The scheme aims to help households without access to Main Gas grid with the cost of renewable heating installations such as heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal. This funding is a great opportunity to replace the old inefficient heating systems with renewable heating technologies, and cut the energy bills and carbon emissions.

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Topics: Heating, Sustainability, Baker Homes, Funding

New research examines the link between rent arrears, voids, energy efficiency measures and cost savings for landlords. Download the report.

 

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