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8 reasons to do environmental post-occupancy evaluation

8 reasons to do environmental post-occupancy evaluation

Many social landlords and other building owners are carrying out or planning energy efficiency improvement work to their housing and building stock. It’s one thing to make the improvements, but it’s another to ensure that they actually reduce environmental impacts....

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Carbon pricing for building owners

Carbon pricing for building owners

Over the past year, we’ve had some SHIFT landlords asking about internal carbon pricing and how it can be used to help decarbonise social housing. We’ve done the research for you and summarised below. What is carbon pricing? Carbon pricing can be used to recognise...

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Scope 3 emissions from pensions

Scope 3 emissions from pensions

Recently a client asked us about scope 3 carbon emissions from investments in pension schemes and whether this is something that is discussed amongst the social housing sector. Carbon emissions can be associated with the investment of pension schemes, so how...

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Calculating the embodied carbon of construction materials

Calculating the embodied carbon of construction materials

Many clients have asked us about embodied carbon of construction materials. Not only is this interesting for understanding complete carbon emissions from operations, but it also will be a factor (amongst many others) in deciding between refurbishment or demolish and...

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SHIFT Consultation: We want your feedback

SHIFT Consultation: We want your feedback

At SHIFT, we are committed to keeping the SHIFT environmental standard up-to-date. This means considering continual improvements in line with national policy updates and feedback we receive from SHIFT landlords. Annual feedback is vital to ensure we are capturing the...

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Heat and buildings strategy – 2 key points

Heat and buildings strategy – 2 key points

Many organisations have already commented on the “Heat and Buildings Strategy” released last week [1, 2].  Rather than repeat criticisms or otherwise for the strategy, we take a look at two key points which should aid people working in the built environment. EPC’s are...

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Placemaking and Maslow

Placemaking and Maslow

One of the key insights we took away from National Housing Federation’s Housing Summit last week, was the prediction that the “levelling up” agenda would manifest itself as a “placemaking” agenda.  Commentators thought that political and financial resources would flow...

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Building to EPC A – roundtable review

Building to EPC A – roundtable review

Building new homes to EPC A rating is an approach we champion at SHIFT and with 25% of our landlords having already built to this standard, the demand for a roundtable to share advice and experiences was high! Across two sessions, 18 social housing providers managing...

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6 things you need for good environmental reporting

6 things you need for good environmental reporting

Our Sam McConnochie details how he set up the SHIFT [1] portal which helps social landlords report on all environmental issues and provides an excellent audit trail.  Here’s what he wrote: Working with a web development agency, we built the SHIFT portal from concept...

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IPCC climate warning – what next?

IPCC climate warning – what next?

The IPCC’s [1] latest report made the headlines a few weeks ago.  The report confirmed that climate change is real, it presents adverse effects to us all and it is caused by human activity.  For environmental professionals this is hardly news, but it is good to see...

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UK Government to tackle greenwashing

UK Government to tackle greenwashing

With environmental and sustainability requirements becoming more prevalent across a variety of sectors, UK Government has established a new independent expert group to advise on standards for green investment. The Green Technical Advisory Group (GTAG), made up from a...

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The national food strategy – the environmental angle

The national food strategy – the environmental angle

The sugar and salt taxes in the recently announced national food strategy made the headlines [1].  However, the original brief for the author was to review the entire food system.  Many of the resultant recommendations relate to environmental protection. The bulk of...

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UK Wellbeing law

UK Wellbeing law

The “Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill” has completed the first stage of a 12 stage journey to becoming UK law [1].  Inspired by a similar law in Wales, the proposed bill, will require public bodies to improve “the economic, social, environmental and cultural...

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Using IoT to step up your carbon reduction efforts

Using IoT to step up your carbon reduction efforts

Our friends at Safecility told us about some of their remote testing innovations that can help reduce carbon emissions.  Here’s what they say: While the current spotlight is on long term deep property retrofits to enhance homes and make them easier to heat – there are...

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The role of hydrogen heating in our journey to net zero

The role of hydrogen heating in our journey to net zero

Hydrogen is regularly discussed as a form of low carbon heating. Theoretically, hydrogen can be transported using existing gas infrastructure. For this reason, hydrogen has been viewed as a good low-carbon alternative. There are several ways of producing hydrogen gas,...

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A ‘lightbulb moment’ for the UK Government

A ‘lightbulb moment’ for the UK Government

The UK Government has recently announced plans to end the sale of halogen lightbulbs from September 2021, to cut carbon emissions and facilitate the journey to net-zero carbon[1], with fluorescent lightbulbs likely to follow suit from September 2023. In addition to...

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Construction firms must now report Scope 3 emissions

Construction firms must now report Scope 3 emissions

The recently released Procurement Policy Note (PPN)[1] presents how the UK Government will take account of suppliers Net Zero Carbon Reduction Plans in the procurement of major contracts. The PPN applies to all Central Government Departments, agencies and public...

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Disclosing climate risks

Disclosing climate risks

UK Government recently requested feedback via a consultation on the regulation of climate-related financial disclosures by public quoted companies, large private companies, and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs). Climate change poses one of the greatest threats to...

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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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