Rochdale Boroughwide Housing joins national sustainability group
Published by Andrew Eagles for Sustainable Homes in Housing and also in Environment
Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, the UK’s first housing society co-owned by tenant and employees, has joined a leading benchmarking initiative to measure its environmental performance. The association’s 14,000 homes will be independently assessed under the SHIFT scheme – Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow – and become part of a network of organisations managing in excess of 1 million homes around the country.
SHIFT is the environmental benchmark methodology used to assess an organisation’s sustainability credentials. It was developed with the support of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), WWF, the Mayor of London and UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), and is formally recognised by the Department for Energy and Climate Change and the Chartered Institute of Housing. Administrated by Sustainable Homes, members are accredited on a scale of Bronze to Platinum. In addition to Rochdale, more than 70 other organisations are involved throughout the UK.
Gareth Swarbrick, Chief Executive of RBH, 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 the new members : “We are delighted to welcome Rochdale Boroughwide Housing to SHIFT. SHIFT’s growth over the years is very encouraging and demonstrates the positive impact being realised by the sector. Rochdale Boroughwide Housing have 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 Chopping Company, Climate Energy, H+H, IKO, Inside Housing, LED Hut, Mears Group, Rockwool, SolarTech, Sustainable Communities Partnership and VRM Technology.