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Issue 45


Hi ,

I hope you are well. Please see below a summary of some of the latest information on sustainable housing in the UK. We welcome thoughts, feedback or offers of collaboration.

In 2015, Wales passed the Well-Being for Future Generations Act, the first of its kind in the world. This will have an impact on Housing Associations and their work.

After a successful event last year, Cynnal Cymru and Baker Homes are holding a free event to discuss case studies and impacts. Find out more here

A review of the last 24 months, including what it means for you and the opportunities for 2016.

First, the good news. Carbon emissions are expected to decline while the economy continues to grow. This ground breaking finding means... read more here

There is more and more interest in building to lower carbon. Budgets are tight, and regulations have changed, but this goal is still within reach.

In February, the Road to 2025 conference will provide new research, case studies, illustrate new building techniques and on building to lower carbon cost effectively. Find out more here

Extensive research has revealed that draughts a bigger issue than commonly acknowledged. This is a huge problem, as draughts are known to cause health risks, and are potentially fatal to the elderly and the very young.

The true impact of draughts is often missed in our analysis of homes. This is because ... read more here

Developed with extensive input from the housing and construction sector, the new Home Quality Mark is is now live.

This article investigates the HQM criteria , what makes it tick, and…read more here

2016 Accreditation is starting

SHIFT is the award winning sustainability standard for the housing sector. Sign up or renew by 29th January to save up to 37% on accreditation costs. Find out more here

The efficiency of combi boilers

Baker Homes' National Energy Study 2 challenges energy efficiency assumptions. Download the report here

Upcoming events

We are preparing our recognised events for next year, visit our events page for further updates and book your place:

Sustainability and the Welsh housing sector – 21st January, Cardiff

National Conference: Road to 2025: delivering low carbon homes cost effectively - 24th February, London

Reduce flooding of our homes - 10th March, Birmingham

Tools that can assist you:

The sustainability standard for the housing sector

Measure, Compare, Improve - your environmental performance.

Understand the most cost effectively measures for lower fuel poverty in your housing stock. Get the UKs best investment planning tool.

Train your staff on topics such as fuel poverty, renewable energy, asset management, plus more.

Client feedback:

" Training and conferences from SHIFT are consistently good. This was no exception - helpful, practical advice. Highly recommended."

Richard Snaith, Sustainability Coordinator, North Wales Housing



... for every home to encourage more sustainable lives