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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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: Offices Our office space has no gas supply, and instead uses a ground source heat pump for space heating....
Feedback on Energy White Paper

Feedback on Energy White Paper

  BEIS asked us, via our professional institute (IEMA[1]) for feedback on the recent Energy White Paper.  For domestic properties there is a lot mentioned:  EPC targets, new homes, hydrogen, electric heating and heat networks.   We have some suggestions and...
Social Housing White Paper – the environmental angle

Social Housing White Paper – the environmental angle

Introduction A quick word search on the new “The Charter for Social Housing Residents Social Housing White Paper” resulted in 5 specific mentions of “climate change” so we took a deeper look with an environmental perspective. We’ve also suggested actions that...
Personal thoughts on PassivHaus

Personal thoughts on PassivHaus

  Recently, a contact got in touch for thoughts on PassivHaus.  This is what we replied: I’ve not personally built one myself, but I’ve worked with a few people that have.  I’ve also done some cursory analysis of energy certificates.  On that basis I’ll share...
Reducing office carbon emissions

Reducing office carbon emissions

Reducing carbon emissions from offices should be part of any organisation’s “net zero carbon” plan.  But how do you do it?  How do you know which parts of the building to upgrade first?  Which interventions will have the most impact?  How much does it cost?  How much...
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).  We also know that environmental protection is crucial for our...
Overheating risk

Overheating risk

A few months ago Inside Housing magazine asked us to comment on overheating risk. Here’s what we wrote: As if Covid-19 isn’t enough, summer is fast approaching and extreme weather events are high on national and international risk registers.  Met Office central...
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. This new legislation extends the carbon reporting obligations from quoted companies to also...
Climate change and our long-term wellbeing

Climate change and our long-term wellbeing

This article was originally written for National Housing Federation to promote their board excellence conference: The latest UK statistics show that we emit over 350 million tonnes CO2 per year.  That’s a very big number, but what does it mean? To relay the importance...
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.  All these benefits are increased when the amount of...
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. With the Forest of Dean...
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. Representatives from 18 housing associations managing over...
How we went around the world and saved 6 tonnes of carbon

How we went around the world and saved 6 tonnes of carbon

For various reasons, including our carbon footprint, we decided on a staycation this year.  The accommodation was our own home and no long car journeys or plane rides were involved.  We “visited” 5 countries, had a couple of ‘resort days’, (i.e. chill out and mooch...
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...
New environmental reporting legislation 2019

New environmental reporting legislation 2019

Some social landlords are finding that they have to comply with new environmental reporting regulations under Government’s new policy of Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR). Although not all landlords are captured this could be viewed as the thin-end of the...