It’s perfectly understandable that many people are struggling to feel the Christmas spirit, as yet another year is added to the number of years of failure in housing policy. 2020 will definitely be one for the history books. Of course, the Covid pandemic naturally stole our focus, but in truth, there still exist a myriad of issues afflicting the housing sector that were around before the virus and will continue to make people’s lives difficult going forward if we do not come together as an industry to solve them. Housing Association Magazine’s Joe Bradbury takes a look at what the social housing sector needs in 2021.
It’s not too late to give your headquarters a last minute Christmas present and it needn’t cost you a penny.
Take advantage of the £1 billion decarbonisation fund to upgrade your heating, ventilation or air conditioning systems whilst reducing your environmental impact.
If you are working with any public sector or Local Authority housing association, then this decarbonisation scheme is a huge step forward towards the nation’s goal of net zero by 2050.
• Applications for the grant close on the 11th January 2021
• Projects do not have to be completed until September 2021
Leading manufacturer Pegler is proud to be ‘Backing Britain’ this winter through their Pegler Prestex TMVs (Thermostatic mixing valves) and Pegler Terrier TRVs (Thermostatic radiator valves) which are both manufactured in Britain.
The revolutionary Pegler Prestex TMVs are rigorously tested and designed to meet the challenge of manufacturing anti scald in line thermostatic mixing valves. With the temperature pre-set at 43 degrees Celcius and a focus on safety supported by WRAS approval on all of their TMVs, the range is second to none when it comes to reliability.
Carl F Groupco, the major stockist of Yale hardware, has added the affordable and stylish new Quartus Espag handle to its catalogue. Featuring the leading lock manufacturer’s coveted push to unlatch mechanism, the Yale Quartus is available in a new colour range including champagne gold, satin black and enhanced silver for improved consistency in colour matching. The comprehensive colour range also includes chrome and white finishes ensuring that this new addition will look elegant in every setting.
The importance of a reliable emergency lighting system can’t be understated. Simply put, lives depend on it. P4, the UK’s largest independent self-testing emergency lighting specialist, was the first in their industry to be awarded an enhanced level BSI kitemark for emergency lighting, with their Fastel Automatic Testing and Monitoring Systems being independently verified by impartial third-party testing. This has been followed with a Kitemark for IoT (Internet of Things) for their Fastel systems M-Web Controller.
Ariston’s electric water heaters boast the best in-class ErP ratings available, providing landlords a wide choice of options with which to maximise the energy efficiency of their rental properties. Products such as the Andris Lux, Aures Slim Multi and Velis Evo also ensure greater annual savings, as well as exceptionally reliable levels of performance – providing tenants with lashings of hot water all year round.
In order to meet the Minimum Level of Energy Efficiency standards (EPC band E) for domestic private rented properties, as stipulated in the Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations, landlords should embrace the most efficient products available – including the latest electric water heaters from Ariston.