Love Lane Estate is a development of 60 homes in Faversham, East Kent, described by the residents as cold and looking like an army barracks. The houses had concrete block walls on the ground floor and black timber shiplap boarding to the first floor. The journey began whilst seeking to resolve maintenance issues. Talking to residents revealed we needed to do much more to improve the look and increase thermal efficiency of their homes. Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) grant funding for improving the insulation was obtained and a three-way partnership with contractors and energy suppliers evolved. We agreed on innovative solutions using external insulation to tick all the boxes. Our specification and well managed contract delivered homes that residents could be proud of. It was within our gift to provide warm attractive homes. SO WE DID.
In a £1.75m pilot solar project, Great Places has fitted solar PV panels to 100 homes in a variety of locations including Salford and Blackpool. The panels generate electricity for householders that saves £100 to £150 off their electricity bill each year. Installation costs Great Places £6,000 per property. This money will be recouped over about 10 years through the Feed-in Tariff scheme.
Have a look at what Micheal clegg has to say on the policy horizon for housing management and maintenance.
In 2005 the Government published 'Securing the Future – the UK Government sustainable development strategy'. In June 2006, the government published 'Procuring the Future' incorporating a Sustainable Procurement National Action Plan.
The process of producing certificates has significant implications for housing associations. Recognising this, the Housing Corporation, together with the Energy Saving Trust, funded the Certs for Success project, run by Places for People in conjunction wi
Sustainable Maintenance is one of the greatest challenges that faces housing association maintenance managers at present. It is no exaggeration to say that, in a number of important senses, our future is in your hands.