Yvette Cooper

Zero carbon housing – what does it mean?

by mel starrs on June 3, 2008

in Zero Carbon

I’ve been following the recent developments on zero carbon housing closely. The current discussions are revolving around the UKGBC’s document defining zero carbon released a couple of weeks ago. I read the document and had a couple of observations to make which I didn’t blog immediately. Instead I sat back and watched the fireworks begin. […]


Getting ready for EPC’s

by mel starrs on April 18, 2007

in Part L

The always excellent TheyWorkForYou has alerted me to these factoids: Q: how much has been allocated to the Energy Performance Certificates scheme for (a) start-up costs and (b) 2007-08? A:The Department has allocated some £1.96 million to start-up costs for the Energy Performance Certificates scheme. This money is required to put into place the necessary […]


EPC and HIPs – market forces?

by mel starrs on March 23, 2007

in Part L

Yvette Cooper estimates we need between 2,500 and 4,500 qualified assessors. She sets out how much setting up HIPs has cost here (£11.7m total). Let’s remind ourselves why HIPs and EPC exist: The Housing Act 2004 requires that a mandatory Home Information Pack (HIP) is put together on every home that comes to the market […]

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More good news for housing

by mel starrs on March 2, 2007

in Uncategorized

The press release reads: At a time when demand for housing outstrips supply, the change to build better homes more cheaply and efficiently using modern approaches to construction is essential, according to a new joint Housing Corporation and English Partnerships publication. Launched today (Thursday 1 March 2007) and referred to in Housing Minister Yvette Cooper’s […]


I first was alerted to www.theyworkforyou.com via Stuart Bruce, who originally was the one who pointed me in the direction of Simon Dickson, who I believe is instrumental in the design of the site. I was happy today to find a question on there relevant to me (via my bloglines keyword search for BREEAM). The […]


Allerton Bywater Summit House

by Mel Starrs on December 21, 2006

in Case Studies

::via English Partnerships The Summit House at Allerton Bywater Millenium Community, a local project, has been opened by Yvette Cooper. The Summit House was first built for national regeneration agency English Partnerships to display at the Sustainable Communities Summit, held in Manchester last year. There it was used to demonstrate how a high-quality, cost-effective and […]


ODPM to be know now as DCLG

by mel starrs on May 24, 2006

in Uncategorized

Are you keeping up? Yes, yet another name change. ODPM (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) is now DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government). Website address is now www.communities.gov.uk Ruth Kelly is running the show (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Minister for Women), with Yvette Cooper in charge of Housing […]