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Baker Homes Blog

Emma Jones

Recent Posts

You’ll never guess who won a national innovation award…..

Posted by Emma Jones on 07/03/16 07:30

Baker Homes won the Housing Innovation Award for Most Innovative Consultant 2016, last week. The following article explains the awards and reason for the win. 

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Topics: Consultation, SHIFT accreditation standard, Baker Homes, CROHM assessment, Training and elearning

BBA slams new MMC housing materials

Posted by Emma Jones on 10/24/15 09:22

Baker Homes recently enlisted the support of several Housing Associations, supply chain companies and other housing professionals to test out their new 'gingery' proposal.

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Topics: Baker Homes, Renewable energy & heat, Ecology, MMC, Housing Sector

Key terms you need to know if you work in housing - part 2

Posted by Emma Jones on 05/08/15 07:30

Working in housing there are many terms and acronyms that get thrown around. A number of people have suggested to us that it would be useful to put up a list of some of those. Here is our second installment. This is the second part of our 37 terms blog we published earlier (with a few additions from our readers!).

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Topics: SHIFT accreditation standard, Housing Associations, Regulations & Standards, Residents, Energy efficiency

37 terms you need to know if you work in housing - Part 1

Posted by Emma Jones on 31/07/15 07:30

Working in housing, there are many terms and accronyms that get thrown around. A number of people have suggested to us that it would be useful to put up a list of some of those.

Here is our first go.

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Topics: Baker Homes, Fuel poverty, Regulations & Standards, Energy efficiency, Housing Sector

ECO funding changes affect improvements to home energy efficiency

Posted by Emma Jones on 29/07/15 07:30

SAP is a tool commonly used to measure the energy efficiency of a home and as such, it is a useful tool when trying to improve the energy efficiency of the UK housing stock. Since it is a uniform standard, housing associations and regulators can use it to ascertain and compare the quality of stock.

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Topics: Retrofit, SHIFT accreditation standard, SHIFT landlord, Funding, Energy efficiency

Research on impact of large estate renewal in london revealed

Posted by Emma Jones on 28/07/15 07:00

LSE Housing & Communities carried out a detailed social study of Edward Woods High Rise estate in Hammersmith & Fulham to find out how major retrofit of tower blocks affected the community. The report provoked a lot of interest and estate retrofits elsewhere.

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Topics: Retrofit, Fuel poverty, Renewable energy & heat, SHIFT partner, Energy efficiency

Accreditation driving large-scale reductions in environmental impacts

Posted by Emma Jones on 20/07/15 24:43

SHIFT is the sustainability standard for the housing sector. It measures the sustainability and work being undertaken to reduce fuel poverty. Over 2.4 million people are housed by organisations involved. After years and years of running the scheme we wanted to know, does accreditation have impact? Do our clients find it useful?

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Topics: SHIFT accreditation standard, SHIFT landlord, Benchmarking, Carbon

Largest UK landlords responding to increased flood & overheating risks

Posted by Emma Jones on 15/07/15 07:00

There is increased attention being put on building homes that are fit for the future, but 85% of our current homes will still be around in 2050. With global temperatures set to rise anywhere between 1°C and 4°C, there is a growing concern about how these homes will cope with the future climate.

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Topics: SHIFT accreditation standard, Overheating, Flooding, Climate change, Adaptation

Report: New research on environmental performance of UK landlords

Posted by Emma Jones on 24/06/15 24:00

On Wednesday, THE REVIEW: UK social landlords – environmental performance 2022/15, was launched at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Westminster. The report summarises the key findings from the last round of assessments that accredited landlords have undergone and the progress they have made on various environmental performance measures, from the energy efficiency of homes through to flood and overheating risks and resident engagement.

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Topics: SHIFT accreditation standard, SHIFT landlord, Benchmarking, Climate change, Environment

Support available for homes struggling to afford energy bills

Posted by Emma Jones on 09/06/15 07:30

Fuel poverty has become an area of concern as energy prices are rising. Combined with the poorer quality of our homes in the UK, struggling to afford energy bills has become a worrying reality to many. However, help is available to those struggling to pay their energy bills.

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Topics: Fuel poverty, Energy, Bills, Energy efficiency

New website helps vulnerable communities adapt to climate change

Posted by Emma Jones on 06/05/15 07:30

Climate change is recognised as disproportionately affecting vulnerable communities.

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Topics: Fuel poverty, Overheating, Flooding, Climate change

National green best practice group welcomes two new partners

Posted by Emma Jones on 20/04/15 07:00

The SHIFT benchmarking group for social landlords recently welcomed two new corporate partners. Leading boiler manufacturers Vaillant and Independent energy provider Utilita have both joined the best practice benchmarking group. Both companies are making great strides in reducing energy use and tackling fuel poverty.

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Topics: Heating, SHIFT accreditation standard, Energy, SHIFT contractor

Keepmoat signs up to be independently verified with new ‘SHIFT for Contractors’ benchmark

Posted by Emma Jones on 14/04/15 07:30

Leading regeneration specialist Keepmoat has announced it is the first to sign up to the new SHIFT for Contractors benchmark. The newly extended standard will make it easier for housing providers to evaluate the environmental performance of contractors and the supply chain, facilitating cooperation and collaboration between housing associations and contractors.

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Topics: Sustainability, SHIFT landlord, Benchmarking, SHIFT contractor

Solar energy giant to support social housing sector

Posted by Emma Jones on 08/04/15 15:17

Housing Associations keen to improve their environmental credentials while tackling fuel poverty for their residents have increasingly turned to solar panels. But in recent years, despite a large drop in price, uncertainty has been created by changes to the feed in tariffs offered to solar installations. 

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Topics: SHIFT accreditation standard, Renewable energy & heat, Housing Associations, SHIFT partner

Sustainable, healthy and warm: how can social housing help deliver the homes people deserve? [Part 2]

Posted by Emma Jones on 30/03/15 07:30

Sustainable, healthy and warm: how can social housing help deliver the homes that people deserve? Report of Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Baker Homes roundtable 24 March 2015.

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Topics: Retrofit, Health and Wellbeing, Overheating, Allowable Solutions, New build, Technology

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

 

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