Operators of care homes and retirement village developers face a constant struggle. They are forced to juggle the health, safety and well-being of their occupants as well as considering the aesthetics against increasing financial pressure. If opportunities arise to improve health and the standard of living whilst also saving money, should they be ignored. One of the most prominent – and unpredictable issues – is heating. *Energy usage* Because care homes are effectively 24/7 operations, energy usage is one of their greatest expenditures. Equally, with care homes and retirement living, occupants are likely to stay at home more and therefore have the heating on for longer as well as the communal spaces which... Read More
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Heating costs make up the largest part of UK households energy usage. What technologies should housebuilders be incorporating and how would this impact homeowners as well as serious issues such as fuel poverty. The supply of homes has long been a contentious issue for UK buyers, as the struggle to get on the housing ladder becomes more troublesome. Whilst demand has been increasing at an exponential rate and until now housebuilders have been struggling to keep up. However, this imbalance could be about to change. According to recent research, the number of new homes being built in the UK is at a seven-year high. Construction on approximately 37,080 new homes occurred... Read More
Across the UK, some of our oldest and most prestigious buildings lie on the campuses of our universities. Our rich heritage of university education dates back centuries and in many cases, the original buildings are still in use. Durham University, the University of Oxford, the University of Glasgow – all examples of existing universities that have buildings as old as the 19th century – or in some cases older – still being regularly used to teach the next generation of academics. Of course over the years, there have been many retrofitting projects undertaken to ensure that they are still safe for occupants and are suitable for students to either live... Read More
In any dwelling where vulnerable people reside, it is the responsibility of the landlord to provide a safe living environment as part of their overall Duty of Care. Now, the increasingly pressing issue of fuel poverty should fall under that umbrella too. In the context of social housing, the considerations for councils and social landlords are more complex than you might initially think. How they heat these premises is just one example of something that can make a genuine difference to their residents – should the attention it deserves be applied correctly. It begs the question, why aren’t more councils prioritising the installation of heating systems into their social housing that are... Read More