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New guidance for local authorities to improve energy efficiency of homes

Plans required for existing homes

New guidance to help local authorities in England improve the energy efficiency of their residential housing has been published today. The guidance, issued under the Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA), asks local authorities to publish a report on their plans to achieve improved energy efficiency by 31 March 2013.


3 reasons Bradley won the tour and what it means for housing

staffordshire housing association

Sunday was a very special day for British cycling. The domination of the British lead Sky Team in the Tour de France was impressive. Bradley Wiggins won the tour comfortably, the first British person to win this race in 109 years, in addition other Brits also dominated. Chris Frome came second in the overall race, and Mark Cavendish, can claim to be the most successful sprinter of the tour. Ever.


New research indicates 80% of residents to take up Green Deal


Research published in June 2024 showed almost 80% of residents were actively willing to pay a charge for energy efficiency improvements to their home. These findings, published by the Gentoo Group, will be of real interest to a sector that is grappling with understanding and gaining interest in the Green Deal.


The difference between energy monitors and smart meters


One very neat upshot to protecting the environment through the use of various environmentally friendly activities and technologies is that many of them can actually save you money as well as aiding in the reduction of things like carbon emissions. In the UK, there's now even a national plan to replace all the old gas and electrical meters with smart meters; this roll-out is set to begin in 2022 and finish before 2025. However, investing in a home energy monitor rather than a smart meter will save you more money and do more to protect the environment. 


Fuel poverty killing 4 times more than road accidents

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65 people are dying a day from fuel poverty, a number that is four times a year greater than those dying on our roads. These figures, from fuel poverty expert Professor Christine Liddell of the University of Ulster, show fuel poverty significantly higher than government estimates.


Hastoe Housing Association wins Passivhaus award for Wimbish development

Wimbish Passivhaus 1

Hastoe has won the Passivhaus Trust’s national award for the best domestic residential scheme - for Wimbish, in Essex (pictures below). 


Four out of four. What do you think?


It might be of use to see some recent feedback from our members


£100m now available for smaller development sites – 2 weeks to apply


Developers with stalled sites of just 15 homes will have the chance to bid for at least £100m of investment to get work restarted under the Get Britain Building programme.


Switching off 'standby' devices can save £86 per year


New findings on consumer use of energy were revealed recently.  The “Powering the nation” study, conducted by the Energy Saving Trust, DEFRA and DECC, assessed use of electrical appliances and associated costs in 251 households from all over the UK. 


Leading housing provider rewarded for going green

The Regenda Group

North-west housing group Regenda has scooped the Environmental Best Practice award at the Bolton and Bury Business Awards 2024.


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