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We publish the latest in news about Switchee, the social housing industry and a whole host of other topics here.
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...
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...
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...
Fuel poverty can be a difficult thing to identify as it doesn’t have many external signs. According to the government’s definition “Fuel poverty in England is measured using the Low Income High Costs (LIHC) indicator.”
SWITCHEEIan Napier - Our most brilliant colleague and friend1980 - 2019Adam Fudakowski, CEO, SwitcheeI'm writing with the profoundly sad news that Ian Napier, our dear friend, co-founder and Commercial Director of Switchee, died tragically on the afternoon of Thursday...
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?
FITNESS FOR HUMAN HABITATIONThe Challenges Fitness for Human Habitation Poses to Housing ProvidersAdam Fudakowski, CEO, SwitcheeHousing Associations will need to rethink how they approach repairs and maintenance to their housing stock if they are to successfully...
CARBON REDUCTIONThree technologies helping improve sustainability in affordable housingBen Malton, Partnerships Manager, SwitcheeWith sustainability increasing in importance both on a local and at a national level, it’s worth keeping up to date with the latest...
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...
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.
COMMUNICATIONThe Top 3 Changes Housing Providers Can Make to Improve Tenant CommunicationAlex Brodholt, Marketing, SwitcheeWhen you are providing housing for society’s most vulnerable, communication is often the first line of defence. When done correctly, it allows...
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...
CARBON REDUCTIONWhy Sustainability is so important in the affordable housing sectorBen Malton, Partnerships Manager, SwitcheeWith so many other priorities for housing providers, sustainability can sometimes seem like an uphill battle. It has to compete for a budget...
For some time we’ve been thinking about how we can deliver an outstanding service for our customers and propose a vision of what a Flagship tenancy might look like in 2030.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 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.
With plans to innovate their customer journey end-to-end, the Flagship team needed a solution to aid in their ambition of preventative maintenance.
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We’ve written a number of white papers on different topics relating to technology in social housing.
For this white paper, we looked at how modern digital technology is helping to improve social housing provider communications with their residents – as well as how this technology could develop in the future to allow personalised communication at scale.
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.
For this white paper, we have focused on the climate of disrepair following the implementation of the Homes Act (2018). We examine the changes that have been made, the impact this will have on the number of disrepair claims and what can be done to mitigate against the increase.
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.
For this white paper, we focused on the technology being deployed to reduce and contain condensation, damp and mould outbreaks. This ranges from the large to the small, the expensive to the cheap. We also cover what current social housing providers are doing to combat mould in their properties.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Shot at FutureBuild 2019, Peabody’s Senior Sustainability Officer, Dr Peter Rickaby, Simon Jones and Switchee’s CEO Adam Fudakowski discuss what technologies and techniques were used to eliminate condensation, damp and mould at Peabody’s Thamesmead Estate.