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Baker Homes Blog

Daniel Navarro

Recent Posts

Saving money and resources for landlords

Posted by Daniel Navarro on 18/07/16 07:30

Belts are being tightened across the housing sector. This does not have to come at the cost of service and sustainability. In fact, improving service and creating efficiencies can save social andlords time, money and resources.

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Topics: SHIFT accreditation standard, Offices & operations, Training and elearning, Carbon, Housing Sector

Major findings from research on financial impacts of energy efficiency to be revealed at CIH 2016

Posted by Daniel Navarro on 07/06/16 07:30

When any organisation, including a landlord, is able to use its assets more efficiently this can make their business plans stronger and more resilient. Baker Homes wanted to explore the impacts that, unbeknownst to landlords, higher quality, and energy efficient properties might have on bottom lines. Anecdotal evidence suggested there may be a link. Analysis by Hastoe Group, for example, revealed that properties retrofitted to a high energy efficiency standard had, on average, half the rent arrears of others.

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Topics: Baker Homes, Value for money, Energy efficiency, Housing Sector

A small win for energy efficiency: tenants can now request improvements

Posted by Daniel Navarro on 03/05/16 07:30

The 1st of April was a small step forward for energy efficiency: tenants in private rented accommodation now have the right to request energy efficiency improvements according to the Private Rented Sector Tenants’ Energy Efficiency Improvements Provisions.

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Topics: Retrofit, Funding, Energy, Residents

Assessing the potential for overheating in homes

Posted by Daniel Navarro on 19/01/16 11:00

This blog piece is part of a series by Baker Homes and the Zero Carbon Hub.  We will explore some of the policies and solutions being developed to address overheating in homes.  Previously we outlined the various definitions of overheating for housing providers; in this second publication we examine the methods of assessing overheating that they use.

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Topics: Social housing, Housing Associations, Overheating, Housing Sector

New standard for homes – the Home Quality Mark hits the ground running...

Posted by Daniel Navarro on 07/01/16 07:30

The Home Quality Mark (HQM) is now open for registrations in England. It will be live for other home nations soon. So we wanted to get under the bonnet and have a think about what it is and how it works. Read More

Topics: Energy Performance, Regulations & Standards, Housing Sector

Impacts of Right to Buy on housing association tenants

Posted by Daniel Navarro on 14/24/15 07:30

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) published some important new research on the impact of the Right to Buy extension on housing association tenants.

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Topics: Social housing, Local authorities, Regulations & Standards, Government, Housing Sector

Wigan and Leigh Homes’ residents pleased with retrofit improvements

Posted by Daniel Navarro on 23/11/15 07:30

Wigan and Leigh Homes (WALH) undertook a CROHM assessment as part of a wider asset management plan agreed with Wigan Council. This analysis determined the best retrofitting alternatives for their 21,000 homes stock. We present in this blog piece an interview with two residents who were benefited with improvements in their homes.
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Topics: Retrofit, Housing Associations, Residents, Energy efficiency, Housing Sector

Green Campaigner gets on his bike...

Posted by Daniel Navarro on 11/11/15 07:30

A Liverpool man is planning to put his green credentials to the test by attempting a zero-carbon commute – to Paris.

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Topics: Retrofit, SHIFT accreditation standard, Climate change, Environment, Government, Housing Sector

What people really think of retrofit works –interview with households

Posted by Daniel Navarro on 05/11/15 07:30

As winter approaches, concern about fuel poverty is ever-present – at least if you are one of the 2.3 million households in the UK still at risk. There are many ways to address fuel poverty, but energy efficiency improvements remain the best, most sustainable way to reduce energy bills whilst keeping homes warm and healthy.

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Topics: Social housing, Fuel poverty, Health and Wellbeing, Housing Associations, CROHM assessment, Energy efficiency

Deliberately defining overheating - Part two

Posted by Daniel Navarro on 29/10/15 07:30

This blog piece is part of a series by Baker Homes and the Zero Carbon Hub.  We will explore some of the policies and solutions being developed to address overheating in homes.  In part one of this article we outlined the various definitions of overheating. In this second part we examine the approaches taken by housing providers to define and tackle overheating in homes.

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Topics: Social housing, Housing Associations, Overheating, Housing Sector

Deliberately defining overheating

Posted by Daniel Navarro on 14/10/15 09:00

This blog piece is part of a series by Baker Homes and the Zero Carbon Hub.  We will explore some of the policies and solutions being developed to address overheating in homes.  The following post focuses on definitions of overheating; the next will look at how to assess the risk of overheating.

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Topics: Social housing, Housing Associations, Overheating, Housing Sector

Authority announces up to £10,000 loans or grants for energy efficiency works

Posted by Daniel Navarro on 29/09/15 16:00

The mood music of recent months has struck an increasingly bum note. The Green Deal has been, to all intents and purposes, axed. So, no more loans for home improvements? It depends where you live.

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Topics: Local authorities, Funding, Finance, Housing Sector

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

 

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