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Sustainable Homes News 2 - 03/12/2009.

Useful sustainability definitions - zero carbon, PassivHaus and others

Often people ask us about what zero carbon and PassivHaus mean and how do they relate to code levels. We thought other people might want to better understand these. We will be adding further definitions over time. To understaind these definitions in more depth, please visit our news items page.

Funding for retrofit
The East of England Development Agency has allocated £4 million of ERDF funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy in existing housing. Projects must show how they can progress and stimulate market developments in new, developing and innovative technologies...
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Homes Energy Efficiency Programme
The Homes Energy Efficiency Programme is a pan-London homes retro fitting scheme aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the residential sector. Funded by the LDA, the scheme has been set up based on technical trials delivering energy efficient programmes. These include free-of-charge, easy-to-do measures such as low energy light bulbs, installation of standby switches and energy saving advice...
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Sustainable Homes in the press
Resident engagement processes, discussed by SHIFT members at the last learning year event at London's City Hall, have been featured in Inside Housing magazine. Philippa Ward from Inside Housing attended the event and heard from experts and residents...
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SHIFT Update
SHIFT provides an assessment on how sustainable your organisation is. The latest members to join SHIFT include:


  • Bracknell Forest Homes
  • Kensington and CHelsea Tenant Maintenance Organisation
  • Plus Dane Housing Group
  • Westlea Housing Association
  • Haverbury Housing Association

You are still able to join this year. Alternatively you may like to set aside some budget for next year. Do be in touch if you would like more information

Merry Christmas from Sustainable Homes
Merry Christmas from everyone here at Sustainable Homes, we hope you have a wonderful break and we look forward to working with you in the New Year!

Other News
10% early bird discount for In-House Training
We are offering a 10% for all in-house training booked by 23rd December. Please contact Maeve Adams  to arrange.
(not valid in conjunction with other discounts or offers)

Sign up for The Government Business Awards
The Government Business awards recognise local authorities and central government departments that have demonstrated sound business judgement and operational expertise in a range of areas, sign up in January more


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