This webinar looked at how social landlords can realistically and practically help residents struggling to afford to heat their homes with the energy cost crisis. Over 8m households are estimated will be in fuel poverty even with the new Energy Price cap from April 2023. An introduction from Nicholas Doyle set out what the sector has achieved on carbon net zero and the challenges it was facing on funding, data, and costs.
In this feature, we speak to Andrew Burke, NHMF Deputy Secretary and Advisor to the NHMF. An independent consultant with over 25 years’ experience in housing, energy efficiency, construction policy and strategy, Andrew is responsible for what members tell us is one of the most valuable NHMF Contractor Forum resources – the Best Practice area of the website.
To help social landlords reply to the Regulator of Social Housing’s letter by 19 December 2022 about how they are identifying and remedying damp and mould issues, the NHMF has published this Bulletin. Further Best Practice guidance is being developed.
In our final article focusing on apprenticeships, Russell Thompson takes the long view and asks how we can create a thriving sector that young people want to be a part of.
Kyle Hall, a plumbing and heating apprentice with social housing provider Nottingham City Homes (NCH), is the worthy recipient of our Apprentice of the Year Award. Kyle has kept on track to complete his apprenticeship despite a number of major setbacks – not to mention the global pandemic!
Despite the last minute change of ‘venue’ to Zoom, last week’s Contractor Forum meeting was well attended. The main topic of the meeting was sustainability, and we had some great guests talking to us about the opportunities for contractor businesses, as well as the next steps we as contractors need to take in supporting our clients to reach Net Zero and energy efficiency targets. We had a compliance update covering the landscape facing social landlords with building safety and new fire safety regulations, and how early contractor involvement is going to be essential in meeting the new targets. We also had an update on NHMF frameworx and the opportunities available there through the new contracts currently being issued.
Amy Jansen, Creative Director at Brouha Marketing joined the National Housing Maintenance Forum’s Study Tour Vienna 2022 earlier this year for an eye-opening exploration of how a country’s 100-year history of social housing has evolved into an inclusive, modern, and socially and environmentally aware system.
In the first in this series of three articles, we explore the importance of apprenticeships and how the sector can work together to create a lasting legacy.
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