Celebrating silver in environmental awards
One of the region's largest housing associations has been recognised for the quality of their homes in a prestigious environmental awards scheme. The SHIFT benchmarking scheme, endorsed by the government, analyses the environmental performance of housing associations, including their homes, offices and operations. Weighted questions measure aspects such as energy efficiency, water use, waste and adaptation to climate change.
Every two years members receive an independent, in-depth assessment, comparing them with other housing providers and suggesting ways to improve. The awards, attended by over 500 people from the sector, were announced at a conference for social landlords in Olympia, London on Wednesday.
Michael Bevan Wood, Environmental Strategy Manager for Midland Heart said: "Having previously been awarded bronze we are thrilled to gain silver this time around, our teams have put a great deal of effort in to implementing our environmental strategy and it is great to be recognised in this way.
"Through the completion of this year's assessment we have revised our Environmental Strategy with clear actions that will help us achieve our ambitions of further improvements in energy efficiency for our offices and our customer's homes".
Andrew Eagles, Managing Director of Sustainable Homes, which administers the scheme, said: "These awards are all about recognising progress and achievement in improving the quality of residents' homes. Midland Heart should be proud of the strides they are taking to improve - especially at the moment when cash from the government is so limited.
"It's important to remember that when we talk about ‘environmental performance', it's not some abstract ‘nice-to-have' badge. For residents, investing in this stuff means lower bills - as well as a higher quality of life. SHIFT members are at the forefront of sustainability. They have committed to independent assessment and are working to reduce their impacts"
The SHIFT Index is a sustainability benchmark and best practice learning network. Over 65 organisations are involved. SHIFT members represent over 2.3 million residents nationwide. The assessment methodology, developed with the input of registered housing providers, covers sustainability performance in existing homes, new build homes, offices, and strategic and operational plans.