The national drive to tackle unemployment and create a culture of volunteering could be a godsend in social housing’s quest to do more for less. Using volunteers and young people cuts the cost of managing our open spaces, provides opportunities for training and apprenticeships and increases resident satisfaction.
Tackling climate change, securing our future energy supplies and making a permanent transition to a low carbon, high growth economy is an urgent and vital task. At the heart of the Government’s strategy to achieve this is energy efficiency - being smarter about the energy we use by making the most of a precious resource and eliminating waste. And it will cut residents’ energy bills along the way too.
The Relish™ (Residents 4 Low Impact Sustainable Homes) project was an initiative aiming to provide a cost-efficient solution to reducing energy consumption in occupied homes. Since its launch in 2010, it has been recognised by Constructing Excellence as an Innovation in Practice Project, and won the prestigious Relish™ Legacy (Sustainability) Award in the Constructing Excellence London and South East 2010 awards.