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How does Google [internet users] stereotype European countries?

 

Baker Homes is always here to help. We want to make sustainable design easy. We want people to be able to understand how to embed sustainable solutions into their homes and communities.

 

Lead organisations say: Environmental measurement is key to a sustainable business.

 

A recent study shows that a major barrier to successful environmental management is being able to measure environmental performance. The report, entitled  “Organizational Change for Natural Capital Management: Strategy and Implementation”, was produced as a result of a study on pioneering companies in The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Business Coalition. The aim was to develop a change model for leaders to follow.

 

The year 2022 - four simple steps to get back on track

 
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Last year, 2013, saw a number of environmental initiatives scuppered. The following are four steps that can be taken to reduce fuel bills, improve our quality of life and save any huskie hugging reputations.

 

Grants up to £2300 available for renewable heating systems

 
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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.

 

National Adaptation Conference- flooding, overheating, water shortages

 
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Baker Homes is aware of the damaging impact the recently flooding has had on thousands of homes. This is a growing problem. Malcolm Tarling, Spokesman, Association of British Insurers has commented “We are seeing an increase in the frequency of these large scale events. Getting a month's worth of rain in 24 hours is becoming the norm."

 

200,000 homes assessed - what have we learnt?

 
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Baker Homes has been undertaking Carbon Reduction Options for Housing Managers (CROHM) assessments across the country for Housing Associations, Councils and ALMOs. This service, provided in partnership with Parity Projects, the award-wining retrofit consultancy has allowed clients to better understand thier stock amongst other benefits. Looking at all the housing providers who have had their stock assessed, what does it tell us about the state of the sector’s stock, if anything?

 

Draughty homes and rising bills– the reality on the front line

 
fuel poverty ebulletin edit v1Fuel poverty is a real issue for our clients and more than 5 million households in the UK. Here is some feedback from City South Manchester Housing Trust with some of these issues. We thought it would be useful to share their thoughts on fuel poverty.

“There is a real social impact on the rising energy costs which is causing real hardship. If not dealt with, this will cause even greater problems for this or future governments. We are finding issues which will impact in other areas such as:

 

Critical time to embrace adaptation to climate change

 
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The world’s climate and weather patterns are changing. Global temperatures are rising causing more extreme weather conditions. According to current projections, the average annual temperature in the UK might rise by as much as 5oC by 2080. The frequency and intensity of extreme weather events have demonstrated how Great Britain is affected by climate change. Examples include the floods throughout the country during the summer season in 2024 or most recently during the Christmas period 2013 as well as the drought and heat waves of early 2024. In the coming decades, an increase in the frequency and severity of the severe weather conditions is projected.

 

Simple steps for landlords to reduce fuel poverty and improve the asset value of homes

 
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The National Housing Maintenance Forum asked Baker Homes to present at their annual conference as they were keen to include sustainability in their advice to members. They also asked us to contribute to their bulletin. Here’s part 2 of what we wrote (part 1 can be found here and covers energy and water), covering climate change, waste and ecology:

 

French implement 3 revolutionary eco policies - carbon tax on each home

 

France has recently taken great strides to bring the country on the path towards sustainable future. The French Government pledged ambitious energy reforms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 and to cut France’s dependency on nuclear power from 75% to 50% by 2025. This article describes some of the most important changes that aim to help France in energy transition.  

 

Simple steps for landlords to reduce fuel poverty and improve the asset value of homes

 

The National Housing Maintenance Forum asked Baker Homes to present at their annual conference as they were keen to include sustainability in their advice to members. They also asked us to contribute to their bulletin. So here’s part 1 of what we wrote, which covers energy and water. Part 2 will follow in a later blog and will cover climate adaptation, ecology and waste.

 

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