Retrofit champions nominated for sustainability awards
Published by Andrew Eagles for Sustainable Homes in Environment and also in Housing
Sustainable Homes has been shortlisted for the prestigious Sustainable Housing Awards, run by Inside Housing and its sister publication Sustainable Housing. The not-for-profit consultancy has been nominated as sustainable social housing consultancy of the year.
The retrofit champions lead the SHIFT network of 75 organisations, a benchmarking scheme which looks at environmental performance across all activities in mitigating and adapting to climate change, as well as providing a network for best practice learning. The scheme has helped members achieve 10% greater energy efficiency than the average in sector – saving around £80 million a year for residents. It includes some of the largest landlords in the UK, responsible for more than a million existing homes and for building thousands of new ones each year.
Through the innovative CROHM service, run in partnership with Parity Projects, Sustainable Homes helps housing associations plan retrofit schemes in the most cost-effective way. The service provides a summary of the costs and measures to reduce fuel poverty or meet carbon reduction targets across a housing portfolio, working in close collaboration with the landlord, and can even show the potential funding available.
And the consultancy took the initiative when the Government proposed rolling back the Energy Company Obligation. SHIFT members were among a coalition of more than 140 NGOs, led by Sustainable Homes, who called on the government to “think again”. The campaign featured in the national press, including case studies of residents and the improvements in their living standards following works to their homes.
Managing director Andrew Eagles, who won the green social housing champion of the year in 2010, said:
“It’s great to be nominated and recognised for the work that we do. SHIFT members are making great strides – the number of ‘silver’ awards has leapt from 2 to 24 in six years. As energy bills and climate change move up the agenda it is vital housing providers continue to lead the way in improving standards and we are passionate about making this happen together.”