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Baker Homes Blog

John Stapleton

Recent Posts

PRESS RELEASE : New research links energy efficient homes to savings for landlords

Posted by John Stapleton on 29/06/16 07:30

  • Potential for £2.4 million savings per year for social landlords identified
  • Costs from rent arrears and voids saved by efficient stock highlighted by new study involving 25 social landlords managing 500,000 homes
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Topics: Social housing, Fuel poverty, Energy efficiency, Finance, research

Fashionably late? Party walls join the fray for ECO measures as research reveals significant savings potential

Posted by John Stapleton on 21/06/16 07:30

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Topics: Retrofit, Insulation, Energy Performance, Bills, research, Carbon

PRESS RELEASE| Sustainable housing awards to give boost to under-pressure sector

Posted by John Stapleton on 11/05/16 11:02

Social landlords, developers and the supply chain are being encouraged to celebrate sustainability achievements by submitting to national awards which are open for entries this week. The SHIFT Awards are the sustainability awards for the housing sector, with half of the categories open to all.

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Topics: Sustainability, SHIFT accreditation standard, Housing Associations, SHIFT awards

PRESS RELEASE| Solid wall insulation needs additional checks, says group

Posted by John Stapleton on 29/03/16 24:21

Housing providers were urged to do more to check the quality of work for solid wall insulation (SWI) at an event in Westminster.
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Topics: Social housing, Health and Wellbeing, Funding, Energy efficiency

PRESS RELEASE
Nationwide study examines potential cost savings for landlords

Posted by John Stapleton on 21/03/16 14:00

  • Major new study involving landlords managing 500,000 homes underway, examines link between energy efficiency and indirect cost savings  
  • British Gas, ROCKWOOL, National Energy Action support research

Baker Homes, the sustainability consultancy that works with affordable housing providers and government to reduce fuel poverty, today announced a major new study involving social landlords managing half a million homes. The research will investigate the potential cost savings that energy efficiency measures can deliver.

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Topics: Fuel poverty, National Energy Study, Housing Associations, Energy efficiency

Four observations on social landlords and technology

Posted by John Stapleton on 16/03/16 14:00

In the world of social housing, ‘technology’ and ‘innovation’ are too often only associated with things like data management and customer interfaces – in other words, Information Technology. But there is a world of possibility out there. Tom Jarman of your Homes Newcastle, and John Stapleton of Baker Homes, identified four areas where social landlords could consider it differently.

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Topics: Housing Associations, Technology, BIM

John Prescott announces landlords leading the UK on sustainability and lower bills

Posted by John Stapleton on 20/11/15 24:50

Housing associations gathered last week in Manchester to celebrate outstanding achievement in sustainability. The SHIFT Awards are the UK’s sustainability awards for landlords, recognising achievements in reducing environmental impacts, lowering costs and improving the quality of life for their residents.

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Topics: Sustainability, SHIFT accreditation standard, Housing Associations

Efficiency of ‘combi’ boilers ‘overplayed’, study finds

Posted by John Stapleton on 19/11/15 24:01

  • Potential savings often outweighed by in-use factors
  • Cylinder tanks may be a better bet for many

A major new study assessing energy use in the home has found that combination boilers, which provide hot water ‘on demand’, may not be producing the energy savings expected.

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Topics: National Energy Study, Energy Performance, Energy, Energy efficiency

Doubling of UK deaths due to air pollution and what you can do about it

Posted by John Stapleton on 27/10/15 07:30

Two very important things happened this month. If you care about health or air quality it is important to note them and take action.

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Topics: Health and Wellbeing, Government

If Volkswagen did homes...?

Posted by John Stapleton on 23/10/15 24:01

In April, Which? magazine splashed with a report that many people who drive a new car may have long suspected – the mpg given in the handbook does not quite fit with the number of times they were having to fill up. And three weeks ago the Volkswagen Group dropped its bombshell – test results for levels of dangerous nitrous oxides cars emitted by its vehicles had, in effect, been fabricated.

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Topics: National Energy Study, Housing Associations, Energy Performance, Energy, Bills, Performance gap, Housing Sector

Groundhog day: six recurring issues with new build homes

Posted by John Stapleton on 13/10/15 10:45

We are often commissioned to investigate and evaluate the performance of new build homes. Here are six issues we have found on our travels:

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Topics: National Energy Study, Housing Associations, Energy Performance, Residents, New build

Green landlords saving tens of thousands and improving efficiencies

Posted by John Stapleton on 27/08/15 10:51

Is the proposition that you can reduce costs whilst becoming accredited with SHIFT and driving sustainability outlandish? We don’t think so – and here are some examples:

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Topics: Sustainability, SHIFT accreditation standard, Housing Associations

The Energy Company Obligation - how we could get it right this time

Posted by John Stapleton on 06/08/15 07:00

Image courtesy of Rockwool

The last few weeks have been something of a whirlwind for energy efficiency, with announcements coming almost every day – mainly telling us what will not now happen, rather than what will. Reference has been made to the Energy Company Obligation ‘continuing to provide support’, but, pointedly, adding ‘this year’. What is almost certain is that ECO will not remain in its current form.

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Topics: Funding, Government, Energy efficiency

Landlords to contractors: “Prove your green credentials”

Posted by John Stapleton on 03/08/15 07:00

The proverbial man from mars would not have to look far for evidence that humans are taking seriously the threat to their planet of climate change. No annual report, CSR statement or ad campaign is nowadays complete without an environmental statement of intent. But he may be puzzled to read this proliferation of earnest literature in conjunction with dire warnings about the consequences of a global temperature rise of 4 degrees C. Which should he believe?

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Topics: Housing Associations, New build, Benchmarking, Environment, SHIFT contractor

The fuel poverty strategy – what does it mean for social landlords?

Posted by John Stapleton on 16/04/15 07:00

In 2022 the Government unveiled a revised fuel poverty target, the headline element being to improve fuel poor homes to an EPC ‘C’ by 2030 – the ‘what’. Last month the ‘how’ was presented to Parliament in the form of a new fuel poverty strategy. So what does it mean for social landlords?

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Topics: Retrofit, Fuel poverty, Housing Associations, Energy

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

 

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