Affordable warmth scheme scoops national award
Riverside collecting their Sustainable Housing Award
A project which has seen Hull residents save over half a million pounds a year on their energy bills has won a national award.
Riverside’s North Bransholme Community Energy Saving Programme scooped the Sustainable Larger Housing Retrofit Project of the Year category at the Sustainable Housing Awards, beating stiff competition from more than 100 entrants from all around the country.
As part of its £15 million regeneration programme on the North Bransholme estate in Hull, Riverside secured £1.9 million of Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) funding to retrofit 1,150 homes to improve energy efficiency and reduce the estate’s carbon footprint.
The works to the properties, inherited from Hull City Council, included cavity, external wall and loft insulation and replacing electric heating systems with gas central heating.
As a result of the improvements Riverside has:
- Reduced CO2 by 2,262 tons per year.
- Saved residents a total of £550,577 per year (£479 per household) on their energy bills.
- Increased the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) rating on its homes from 60 to 80.
Riverside also appointed a dedicated Energy Advisor to work on a one to one basis with tenants, offering advice to save energy and ultimately cut bills.
Carl Mitchell, Riverside’s Assistant Director, said: “We are delighted to have won an award which recognises our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, which sits at the heart of our business and is about transforming lives and revitalising neighbourhoods.
“We adopted a dual approach to improving energy efficiency and tackling fuel poverty by marrying up physical improvements to homes with advice to ensure residents get the best use from their new energy efficient boilers and know how to compare energy tariffs to secure the best deal.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our properties not only reduces our carbon footprint but more importantly helps to eliminate fuel poverty by helping our residents save money on their energy bills.”
The Sustainable Housing Awards, which celebrate the projects and organisations at the cutting edge of housing sustainability best practice, were hosted by the award winning stand-up comedian, TV and radio regular, Josie Long and organised by Inside Housing magazine and its sister-publication Sustainable Housing.
Jess McCabe, the editor of Sustainable Housing, said: ‘Social landlords are still at the forefront of making sure that housing is sustainable. When you look at some of the most ambitious green, affordable projects in the country, you’ll find social landlords leading the way. Our annual awards recognise the best of the best.’
Inside Housing and Sustainable Housing organised the event in association with the Chartered Institute of Housing, and it was sponsored by United House, H+H, Profile 22, Sustainable Homes, NHBC, Breyer Group, Wates Living Space, Higgins Constructions, Affinity Sutton, Spirotech, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing and Cartrefi Conwy.
Over 600 people gathered for the celebrations at the prestigious London Lancaster Hotel on 18 October 2013.
The judges include some very distinguished experts Cany Ash, Founder of Ash Sakula Architects; Sophie Atkinson, Group Sustainability Manager at Sanctuary Group; Justin Bere, Director of bere:architects; Paul Ciniglio, Sustainability Strategist at First Wessex and last year’s Sustainable Housing Green Social Housing Champion of the Year; Susan Crookston, Director of Blairtummock Housing Association; Stuart Macdonald, Editor of Inside Housing; Elena Marco, Associate Head of Department in Architecture at the University of the West of England; Jess McCabe, Editor of Sustainable Housing; Lynne Miles, Associate at Arup; and Victoria Moore, Head of Sustainability at The Guinness Partnership.
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