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RICS’ Residential Retrofit Standard – what are the implications for housing associations?

RICS’ Residential Retrofit Standard – what are the implications for housing associations?

In March, the RICS unveiled a new standard for residential retrofit work. Here, Watts’ Simon Walker outlines what this means for social landlords. The new standard marks a significant milestone in the drive towards more sustainable and energy-efficient housing – potentially providing a key tool for housing associations to ensure the right outcomes from retrofit […]

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Welsh Government’s Optimised RetroFit Programme continues catalysing decarbonisation

Welsh Government’s Optimised RetroFit Programme continues catalysing decarbonisation

More than 40 social landlords to date have tapped into Welsh Government’s Optimised RetroFit Programme (ORP) funding to make critical energy improvements to over 13,000 homes. Rachel England talks to Flintshire County Council and housing association Melin Homes to find out what’s worked and whether the scheme can help realise Wales’ overall ambition for decarbonisation.

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“Manufacturers need to bring about a cultural change”

“Manufacturers need to bring about a cultural change”

Paul Gatfield, Head of Manufacturing and SHE at Coram UK, talks about the company’s recent shortlisting in the 2024 SHE Awards, which take place in May 2024 and the steps it is taking to further increase sustainable manufacturing measures.

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Visit a heat pump service – bookings now open 

Visit a heat pump service – bookings now open 

Alasdair Hiscock, Design Lead in Nesta’s sustainable future team, explains its visit a heat pump initiative. Heat pumps are the best current technology to support decarbonisation of homes but there are only 250,000 homes with heat pumps in the UK.  Most people in the UK have never seen a heat pump. For those considering one, […]

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Spotlight on: Johan du Plessis, founder and chief executive, tepeo

Spotlight on: Johan du Plessis, founder and chief executive, tepeo

Spotlight on: Johan du Plessis, founder and chief executive, tepeo

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Addressing retrofit issues with real life answers

Addressing retrofit issues with real life answers

Professor Richard Bull, Deputy Dean of the School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University, discusses the launch of the Centre for Sustainable Construction & Retrofit.

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Spotlight on: the Electric Heating Company

Spotlight on: the Electric Heating Company

As the UK journey towards net zero creates an increased focus on electrification of heat, a business named the Electric Heating Company is clearly going to start with an advantage.

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Keeping tenants and building users warm: sizing heat pumps correctly

Keeping tenants and building users warm: sizing heat pumps correctly

Andy Smith, National Sales Manager at Grant UK, on the importance of specifying the correct size heat pump. The cornerstone of a successful heat pump installation is selecting the correct heat pump size. The output of a heat pump, measured in kilowatts (kW), denotes how much energy it can contribute to a heating system. If […]

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“It heats up the house so quickly – the cold spots have completely gone.”

“It heats up the house so quickly – the cold spots have completely gone.”

elemental contributor Peter Apps visited Clwyd Alyn housing association to find out the innovative way it is tackling energy efficiency in some of its homes.

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High pressure showers help save water, new research finds

High pressure showers help save water, new research finds

A more satisfying shower could be the answer to water conservation, says Rachel England.

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Clean heat: coordinating the switch street by street 

Clean heat: coordinating the switch street by street 

Andy Mardsen, designer for the sustainable future mission at Nesta, the UK’s innovation charity, shares his work on co-designing an area-based approach to the planning and delivery of low-carbon heat.

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“We see this as a product for real mass decarbonisation”

“We see this as a product for real mass decarbonisation”

Kensa’s Dr Matt Trewhella spoke to Siobhan O’Neill about the company’s “game-changing heat pump” launch.

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