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Symphony Housing Group joins national sustainability group


Published by Andrew Eagles for Sustainable Homes in Housing and also in Communities, Environment


Symphony Housing Group – the largest social housing provider based solely in the North West - has joined a leading benchmarking initiative to measure its environmental performance. The leading sustainability benchmarking initiative, the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT).

Seven of Symphony’s member housing organisations will be independently assessed under the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT).

They are:

-       Beechwood Ballantyne Community Housing Association (BBCHA)

-       Cobalt Housing

-       Contour Homes

-       Hyndburn Homes

-       Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT)

-       Peak Valley Housing Association

-       Ribble Valley Homes

SHIFT is the environmental benchmark methodology used to assess an organisation’s sustainability credentials. The SHIFT was developed with the support of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), WWF, the Mayor of London and UK Green Building Council (UKGBC). It is formally recognised by the Department for Energy and Climate Change and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

SHIFT is the independent assessment methodology organisations use to gauge their environmental performance. The SHIFT Index is administrated by Sustainable Homes. Members are accredited on a scale of Bronze to Platinum. In addition to Symphony Housing Group,more than 60 other organisations are involved throughout the UK. 

Chris Jeffries, Chair of Symphony Housing Group, said: “We are looking forward to working with SHIFT to further support our commitment to environmental performance, and benefit residents, staff and the local neighbourhoods where we operate.”

Andrew Eagles, Managing Director of Sustainable Homes welcomed Symphony Housing Group saying: “It’s great to welcome Symphony Housing Group to SHIFT. SHIFT’s growth over the years is very encouraging and demonstrates the positive impact being realised by the sector. Symphony Housing Group has demonstrated their commitment to sustainability and we are excited to assist them in furthering their impact to their operations, residents and the environment.”

Corporate partners associated with SHIFT include the Chopping Company, Climate Energy, H+H, IKO, Inside Housing, LED Hut, Mears Group, Rockwool, SolarTech, Sustainable Communities Partnership and VRM Technology

Notes to Editors:

Symphony Housing Group is the largest registered social landlord based solely in the North West. With more than 39,000 properties, the group operates across more than 30 local authorities and is committed to supporting the regeneration and sustainability of the region.

Although Symphony Housing Group was established in 2011, it can trace its roots back almost 50 years. The group structure and geography enables Symphony to work across Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire.

The SHIFT Index is a sustainability benchmark and best practice learning network with members owning and managing approximately one million homes nationwide. Sustainable Homes acts as the secretariat for SHIFT Index and is the leading provider of sustainable housing training and consultancy in the UK.


For more information about SHIFT please contact

Andrew Eagles, Managing Director, Sustainable Homes                 0208 973 0420

For further information on Symphony Housing Group please contact

Richard Bramwell, Assistant Communications & PR Manager, Symphony Housing Group

Email:            0151 330 2616

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