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Fund Net Zero… (but not what you think)

Fund Net Zero… (but not what you think)

At SHIFT Environment we are truly committed environmentalists.  Which is why, as well as running our consultancy business, we spend some of our time engaging with Government, regulators and key organisations.  This has led to the creation of SHIFT’s "Fund Net Zero...

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Low carbon communal/district heating systems

Low carbon communal/district heating systems

Heat networks are systems in which heating, cooling or hot water is generated at a central source and supplied by the operator to multiple third party consumers. Heat networks serve either multiple buildings (district heating) or multiple occupants in a single...

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Social factors in ESG reporting

Social factors in ESG reporting

It seems that the Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion is not too impressed by the way “Social Factors” in ESG investments are being handled by investors. In a recent consultation, he states: “I am concerned that social factors are not well understood. “Many...

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Overheating risk and the impact of cooling demand

Overheating risk and the impact of cooling demand

While there has been a focus on reducing energy demand for heating, with global temperatures set to increase, there has been little consideration for future for cooling systems demand. There is no doubt that in recent years, the UK has experienced record breaking dry...

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‘Cool’ new energy efficiency scales for white goods

‘Cool’ new energy efficiency scales for white goods

If you haven’t purchased a new freezer in recent months, you may not know about the changing energy efficiency standards for white goods. Richard Lupo, SHIFT’s Managing Director, recently purchased a new fridge. Ever the conscious environmentalist, his choice of a...

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How can building owners measure biodiversity?

How can building owners measure biodiversity?

The loss in global biodiversity and protection of green spaces has been rising up the agenda for building owners, particularly from Environmental Social Governance (ESG) reporting. ESG reporting involves demonstrating environmental credibility to banks and loan...

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The National Infrastructure Strategy – homes and buildings

The National Infrastructure Strategy – homes and buildings

The National Infrastructure Strategy (NIS) incorporates aspects of The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. Both of these plans show a direction or travel towards greening the economy and decarbonisation but lack clear timeframes, objectives and key...

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Decent Homes Review – from an environmental perspective

Decent Homes Review – from an environmental perspective

The Government review of the Decent Homes Standard is currently underway, and we were grateful for the opportunity to contribute our thoughts to the review. We believe the new Decent Homes can be an excellent mechanism for delivering environmental improvements that...

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Trees and carbon offsetting

Trees and carbon offsetting

A client paid us a very nice compliment about our Energy White Paper response[1].  They also asked whether they should sign up to a tree planting scheme.  We’ve been asked about this topic a few times, so we checked the scheme and shared our thoughts. Tree planting...

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UK Happiness and Wellbeing Statistics- March 2021 Update

UK Happiness and Wellbeing Statistics- March 2021 Update

Following the International Day of Happiness (20th March 2021) we have compiled a number of statistics to see how close we are to reaching a goal of 100% long-term wellbeing. Since March 2020, there is no surprise that we have faced unprecedented challenges, and our...

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Over and above costs of tighter standards in new builds

Over and above costs of tighter standards in new builds

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published an “over and above” cost for energy efficient new build of £4,800 [1].  However, many building professionals we speak to cannot replicate this figure when they are planning an EPC A new build.  We took a closer look at...

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Optimised Retrofit Programme – An EPC analysis case study

Optimised Retrofit Programme – An EPC analysis case study

Coastal Housing, a Swansea based social landlord asked SHIFT Environment to develop an optimised retrofit strategy that would meet the Welsh Government target of Net Zero Carbon Housing. By interrogating Coastal Housing’s property data, the project also offered an...

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A Horror Story – Poor environmental performance in new builds

A Horror Story – Poor environmental performance in new builds

Following on from our blog on the New Homes Ombudsman, Paul Surin [1], IBM’s Global Lead on the Built Environment and BIM, shared his experience of very poor quality new build.  He thought he was moving into a highly energy efficient performing home, but after moving...

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New Homes Ombudsman

New Homes Ombudsman

As the provision of new homes across the UK continues to grow (MHCLG, 2020), it is essential that these homes meet adequate standards and building quality does not suffer. The announcement of a New Homes Ombudsman, by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP, will assist...

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An Insight into Thermal Performance Evaluation of UK Housing

An Insight into Thermal Performance Evaluation of UK Housing

Our friends at Veritherm have looked at the Future Homes standard to see what it holds in store for the "as built" energy performance.  Here's what they say: Current Performance Outlook The UK’s is committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and this is...

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The new “Fuel Poverty” strategy

The new “Fuel Poverty” strategy

The Government has updated its Fuel Poverty strategy.  The long-term targets remain unchanged since the last one, but there are a few nuances that are worth looking at.  Overall, the strategy applies to all tenures and is described as a “living document”.  There is no...

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SHIFT Team environmental report

SHIFT Team environmental report

To practice what we preach, we assessed our own environmental impacts. Our reporting period was 1st October 2019 – 30th September 2020 and here’s how we did…

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Social impact reporting for ESG

Social impact reporting for ESG

At SHIFT we are pleased that our environmental reporting scheme for social landlords aligns extremely well with the current ESG reporting criteria (see our publications page for the SHIFT ESG matrix).

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Overheating risk

Overheating risk

A few months ago Inside Housing magazine asked us to comment on overheating risk. Here’s what we wrote:

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SHIFT Team environmental report

Social landlords and SECR

From the beginning of the financial year 2019/20, the Companies (Directors’ Report) and Limited Liability Partnerships (Energy and Carbon Report) Regulations 2018 applies.

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Green spaces and biodiversity offsetting

Green spaces and biodiversity offsetting

Green spaces are hugely important to people. As well as providing a place of recreation, they also provide a degree of flood attenuation, summer cooling, air cleansing, biodiversity and carbon sequestration.

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Build A rated homes and reduce whole life costs for social landlords

Build A rated homes and reduce whole life costs for social landlords

At SHIFT we help landlords prepare roadmaps for net zero carbon. One of the things we have noticed is that including the new build departments in holistic net zero roadmaps can lead to significant savings to whole life costs. This is even if there is a little “over and above” costs for building better quality homes, beyond building regulation standard.

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UK Happiness and Wellbeing Statistics – March 2020 Update

UK Happiness and Wellbeing Statistics – March 2020 Update

To mark International Day of Happiness (20th March 2020) we’ve put together some statistics to show how close we are to a goal of 100% long term wellbeing.  These figures include environmental protection which is so crucial to securing our supplies of basic needs such...

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Net zero carbon road map for Two Rivers Housing Group

Net zero carbon road map for Two Rivers Housing Group

Over 280 local and major councils have declared a climate emergency in 2019 alone and many housing associations are looking to identify what they can do to ensure they are responding positively to council ambitions for carbon reduction.

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Sustainability and Value For Money

Sustainability and Value For Money

At our recent SHIFT event entitled, “Sustainability and Value For Money”, we heard from specialist speakers who highlighted the financial benefits to social landlords from pursuing environmental strategies.

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Funding for heat pump monitoring

Funding for heat pump monitoring

Suss Housing has received this message from PassivSystems. Please note, this is not necessarily an endorsement from Suss Housing, we are merely highlighting a funding opportunity. PassivSystems are delighted to announce the launch of their new heat pump monitoring...

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Rebooted – environmental accreditation for social landlords

Rebooted – environmental accreditation for social landlords

SHIFT, the environmental reporting and accreditation scheme for social landlords, has a new home! Suss Housing is the new company that delivers SHIFT, which has been running since 2008.The reboot-ed SHIFT comes at a crucial time. The UK Parliament has declared a...

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