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Stockport Homes win SHIFT ‘best in class’ sustainability award

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Published by Anonymous for Stockport Homes in Housing and also in Bill Payments, Care and Support, Environment

Photo caption: Stockport Homes’ staff celebrate SHIFT award Photo caption: Stockport Homes’ staff celebrate SHIFT award

At the recent glamorous Homes Networking Dinner Stockport Homes was recognised as leading on reducing environmental impacts with a ‘Best in Class’ Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT) award.

 Stockport Homes scooped two awards from the eight available; Best performance in reduction environmental impacts in existing homes and Best Newcomer.

 The SHIFT assessment uses rigorous measurements of performance against energy efficiency in offices and homes, water use, preparation for floods, use of materials and engaging with residents on environmental issues, along with other issues. SHIFT and the measurements in the system was developed with housing associations with the support from Government including the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Homes and Communities Agency, UK Green Building Council, WWF-UK and the Mayor of London.

 More than 70 organisations are involved. These awards were particularly exciting.   Members measured against specific environmental metrics such as reducing CO2 per square metre of office space or water use in homes and offices (litres of water used per person per day).

 Roger Phillips, Chair of Stockport Homes’ Board said, “This is fantastic news and supports our recently achieved Gold status (we are one of only three housing providers in the UK to hold this). These awards show recognition for all the good low carbon investment we have made over the years as well as the internal processes we have to deliver services.  It’s fantastic that we can stand shoulder to shoulder with other housing providers in the UK and be recognized as a top performing provider in the world of low carbon investment and environmental performance.”

 Andrew Eagles, Managing Director of Sustainable Homes, commended the whole group: “These organisations have stood up to be independently measured on their environmental credentials. Their peers felt it important to recognise organisations that had done exceptionally well in individual categories. It is great to be rewarding measured reductions in environmental impacts.”

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