Tackling cold homes: a national infrastructure priority?

Rather appropriately on Cold Homes Week ministers have been told that reducing the number of cold, leaky houses in the UK should be made a national infrastructure priority. It seems there is now widespread, cross-party support for this. While this will feel like old news to us at Parity Projects and many of our industry […]

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Home Energy Audit / Assessment, Retrofit Design Services, Energy Performance Certificate; which one do you really need and how do you see through the jargon?

With the amount of organisations out there offering ‘energy audits’ or ‘energy assessments’ these days, particularly since the demise of the Government’s Green Deal scheme, it can be difficult to know where to start looking if you’re a homeowner. While we are yet to come across a service that offers the value of our own […]

How we deal with The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 or ‘CDM 2015’ aim to improve health and safety in the industry by helping all stakeholders in a project to: sensibly plan the work so the risks involved are managed from start to finish have the right people for the right job at the right time cooperate and […]

CROHM gets a facelift

In anticipation of some major developments to our CROHM service (watch this space…), we’ve given our CROHM stock assessment outputs a bit of a face lift and integrated a whole series of improvements we’ve made for individual clients over the last few years into the standard offering. Essentially we’ve made the report and underlying data far more accessible and […]

A record breaking home! Energy figures for 2015

Ok, so its our own record, but we’ve had the lowest calendar year energy usage for our demo house so far. I’m putting it down to 3 changes over last year – a) slightly lower occupancy with the children being out at school b) a very mild 12 months c) some remediation work to some […]

Smarter investment for housing associations – CROHM vs EPC recommendations

If you are looking for a way to improve the energy efficiency of your worst performing stock then you might turn to your EPC certificate for recommendations. However, Parity have shown impressive savings can be made by using the minimum SAP analysis as part of the CROHM (Carbon Reduction Options for Housing Managers) stock assessment […]

A review of ‘Solid Wall Insulation: Unlocking Demand and Driving up Standards’ , Peter Hansford, Chief Construction Adviser to the UK Government.

One key area of retrofit that we are repeatedly asked about by Home Energy Masterplan clients is solid wall insulation (SWI). This isn’t surprising when you consider that there are over 8 million homes in the UK with solid, uninsulated walls. It’s also one of the retrofit measures with the greatest potential savings. It was […]