Sanctuary gets silver award for being green
Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Environment
Tom Graham, Head of Sanctuary Green Technologies and Robin Lawler – Chartered Institute of Housing President
Sanctuary Group is celebrating being recognised as among the most environmentally-friendly housing associations in the UK for a second time.
The Group was awarded silver status in the highly challenging SHIFT Index, a sustainability benchmark for housing associations. Companies signing up to be assessed by the SHIFT Index commit themselves to being measured against a challenging set of targets for reduced carbon emissions, designed to mitigate against climate change and a broad range of environmental impacts.
Richard Lupo, Sustainability Consultant and SHIFT award assessor, commented: “Sanctuary is particularly strong on sustainability strategy and action planning. They have good engagement with staff on environmental issues and are building more code level 4 new homes than required by regulatory bodies. Exemplar projects such as the PV installation programme and ecological enhancements of care homes were also beneficial to the SHIFT assessment.”
David Bennett, Group Chief Executive of Sanctuary, said: “SHIFT members are leading the way in terms of environmental management, so we are delighted to be counted among their ranks for a second term.
“As an ethical organisation, we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously and are committed to minimising our carbon footprint.
“We aim to improve further still and will continue to work towards ensuring our workplaces, existing properties and new homes are truly sustainable.”
Sanctuary Group’s energy-saving credentials include:
- Launching Sanctuary Green Technologies – a new Group subsidiary which has been established to reduce Sanctuary’s carbon footprint and help residents access affordable energy from renewable resources.
- The installation of over 700 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on properties across the country including care homes, student halls of residence and our Customer Service Centre in Hull.
- Trialling the combined installation of air source heat pumps and solar PV panels on 20 electrically-heated homes in Birmingham.
- Introducing more efficient working practices such as paperless invoicing and desktop terminals instead of PCs, which have a higher carbon footprint.
- Fitting automatic taps and lighting, and installing additional insulation to care homes and student halls of residence.
- Constructing 23 energy efficient homes in Bicester, Oxfordshire, all built to Levels 4 and 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
- Partially heating the Group’s offices in Worcester using recycled heat generated from computer servers – an innovation which has won an international IT award.