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The damage mould does to a housing provider’s reputation

The damage mould does to a housing provider’s reputation

MOULDThe damage mould does to a housing provider’s reputationAdam Fudakowski, CEO, SwitcheeEverybody in housing considers the damage that mould does to a property’s aesthetics, to the residents who live there and in the most extreme cases to the structure of the...

Three technologies that can save gas safety engineers time

Three technologies that can save gas safety engineers time

GAS SAFETYThree technologies that can save gas safety engineers timeAlastair Thorpe, Commercial Director, SwitcheeTime is one of the most valuable things a gas safety engineer can save. It is the thing that they all lack whilst being the single most useful resource...

Automated Communication for the Digital Housing Provider

Automated Communication for the Digital Housing Provider

COMMUNICATIONAutomated Communication for the Digital Housing ProviderAlex Brodholt, Marketing, SwitcheeWith communication becoming a larger and larger part of housing providers daily lives, automating unnecessary communications is becoming more and more important. Not...

Mental health should not be forgotten when considering fuel poverty

Mental health should not be forgotten when considering fuel poverty

We need to start thinking of mental health problems as seriously as we think about the physical problems caused by fuel poverty. Both limit the wellbeing of residents and both should be thought about equally when trying to address the fuel poverty crisis in the UK. If mental health is ignored in the conversation about fuel poverty, how can we ever hope to begin solving the steadily growing fuel poverty crisis?

Top 3 Misunderstandings about Mould Growth

Top 3 Misunderstandings about Mould Growth

MOULDTop 3 Misunderstandings about Mould GrowthAdam Fudakowski, CEO, SwitcheeDespite mould costing hundreds of millions of pounds a year to fix, there is still a ton of misunderstandings about its cause, treatment and elimination.To be in the best possible position to...

Why the Fitness for Human Habitation Act is a big deal

Why the Fitness for Human Habitation Act is a big deal

On the 20th of December last year – the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 received royal assent. The bill was originally introduced by the MP Karen Buck although it received widespread bipartisan support from both politicians as well as high-profile members of the housing industry.

The future of gas safety in social housing

The future of gas safety in social housing

GAS SAFETYThe future of gas safety in social housingAlastair Thorpe, Commercial Director, SwitcheeGas safety engineers form the backbone of the maintenance teams for most social housing enterprises. They are some of the most consistent visitors to a property, but also...

How data cleaned New York City’s air

How data cleaned New York City’s air

As any Londoner will tell you, air pollution in large cities is a big problem. It was a similar story in New York City at the turn of the century. This was until Michael Bloomberg became Mayor of the city and leveraged data to transform the air quality.

Combatting the Centrica price hike

Combatting the Centrica price hike

Following Centrica’s announcement to raise electricity prices by 12.5%, it is more pressing than ever to find a solution that cuts resident energy bills and combats fuel poverty.

The Startup Switch

The Startup Switch

Handing in your notice for your first job isn’t easy. Bosses and colleagues immediately drown you with questions. Why are you going? Are you sure it’s what you want to do? What about these other projects and roles you could do if you stayed?

Transforming the housing sector with IoT

Transforming the housing sector with IoT

The way humans communicate and deliver information has changed dramatically within the last two decades. Artificial Intelligence and machine learning embedded into a deluge of connected devices, such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets, telematics and watches have all become staple items in our day-to-day lives.

Is 24 hours without coal good enough?

Is 24 hours without coal good enough?

Towards the end of April 2017, Britain went a full day without using coal to generate electricity for the first time in 135 years. Following the landmark announcement, there were many in the UK celebrating the achievement – it gave testament to the UK’s changing energy system.

Is the Housing White Paper smart enough?

Is the Housing White Paper smart enough?

In February, the Government’s long anticipated Housing White Paper was finally unveiled. The plans aim to build on the changes proposed in last year’s Autumn Statement and galvanise national housebuilding, delivering one million homes by 2020.

Talking condensation, damp and mould at the NHMF

Talking condensation, damp and mould at the NHMF

Switchee co-founder and managing director, Adam Fudakowski, attended this year’s National Housing Maintenance Forum conference, 24- 25th January 2017, a two-day event dedicated to housing maintenance which covers strategic issues and promotes best practice.

The Fuel Poverty Problem

The Fuel Poverty Problem

According to National Energy Action (NEA), four million households in the UK are estimated to be living in fuel poverty, unable to heat their homes to a reasonable level. The charity suggests that over the next 15 years, the cold homes crisis will cause 100,000 premature deaths, and cost the NHS up to £22 billion.

Switchee – an introduction

Switchee – an introduction

Welcome to the Switchee Blog, where we’ll be sharing our thoughts on clean technology, connected devices and the rapidly changing role of the Internet of Things in our lives, and our role in tackling fuel poverty.

Be Inspired By People Like You

Join over 45 housing associations and local authorities already using Switchee to help them maintain and manage their properties, communicate with their residents and remotely protect their assets.

Cromwood Housing

Cromwood Housing is a private for-profit social housing provider founded in 2002. They manage a large portfolio of landlords’ properties in London and Greater Manchester that have been placed with local authorities to provide social housing solutions for temporary accommodation, nightly accommodation, bed and breakfast accommodation and private sector leasing arrangements.

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Nottingham City Homes

Nottingham City Homes

Nottingham City Homes reduced the occurrence of mould in their property portfolio by over half with Switchee’s analytics. They have been deploying Switchee to help improve the wellbeing of their residents in properties that are now suffering from age and enjoying the benefits of a more connected housing stock.

Peabody Group

Peabody Group

Peabody wanted to solve Condensation, Damp and Mould (CD&M), reduce the costs associated with it and improve the lives of the residents who lived there.

Flagship Group

Flagship Group

With plans to innovate their customer journey end-to-end, the Flagship team needed a solution to aid in their ambition of preventative maintenance.

Stay On The Cutting Edge

We’ve written a number of white papers on different topics relating to technology in social housing.

The Homes Act: Everything you need to know

The Homes Act: Everything you need to know

For this white paper, we have focused on what the Homes Act (2018) is, what its purpose is and what effect it will have on social housing providers. We dive deep into the legislation, as well as what can be done to mitigate any potential risks created by the legislation.

Decarbonising the UK’s Housing Stock

Decarbonising the UK’s Housing Stock

For this white paper, we focused on what needs to be done to decarbonise the UK’s social housing stock. We look at the technology that is currently being deployed to help, as well as the legislative atmosphere into which these changes are being made.

The Dangers of Fuel Poverty

The Dangers of Fuel Poverty

In this white paper, we focus on the physical, psychological and monetary dangers that fuel poverty poses to social housing residents. We address the route causes, as well as how to identify and combat fuel poverty in the UK’s four million social homes.

Watch The Important Stuff

Here you can find our latest videos going over various elements of the social housing sector, examining problems and presenting solutions.

Resident Communication Explained

In this video, we go through what issues affordable housing providers face when it comes to resident communication, what solutions there are and how technology can help to alleviate some of the stress placed on support staff.

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Mould Monitoring Explained

Mould Monitoring Explained

In this video, we go over the core mechanics of mould growth, their causes and the solutions that can be used to help remedy the problem. We also go over how technology can be used to help.

Fuel Poverty Explained

Fuel Poverty Explained

In this video, we go over the key elements of fuel poverty in the affordable housing market, what can be done to help solve the problem and how technology can play a huge part.

Carbon Reduction Explained

Carbon Reduction Explained

In this video, we go over the changes being made in affordable housing to improve the carbon footprint of the housing market. We also go over the key areas of improvement needed to be made.

Boiler Maintenance Explained

Boiler Maintenance Explained

In this video, we go over the changes and advances being made in boiler maintenance, both in terms of technology and in terms of efficiency.

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