The district’s biggest housing landlord has proved its commitment to caring for the environment with the award of a national sustainability accreditation.
Incommunities has been awarded ‘Silver’ following an assessment by SHIFT – Sustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow – an independent scheme which measures the environmental performance of housing providers across the country.
SHIFT is backed by the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency.
The SHIFT assessment covers more than 50 criteria including the energy efficiency of homes, emissions from offices and operations, activities to reduce landfill waste and response to climate change risks.
Accreditations range from ‘commended’, ‘bronze’, ‘silver’, ‘gold’ and ‘platinum’. No housing association has yet received a platinum award.
Following its first ever assessment, Incommunities was delighted with its success.
Jez Lester, Incommunities’ Assistant Chief Executive, Asset Management, said: “We are extremely proud to have achieved the Silver SHIFT award, particularly considering this is the first year we have worked towards the accreditation.
“Our newly formed sustainability team, led by Alison Ingleby, are looking forward to building on this success and helping deliver environmentally friendly homes our customers can enjoy.”
Alison Ingleby, Incommunities’ Sustainability Manager, said: “We are committed to making our assets and operations more sustainable and our new Environmental Sustainability Strategy sets out challenging targets to improve our performance.
“A key focus is to invest in and improve the energy efficiency of our customers’ homes and support people in fuel poverty.
“Joining the SHIFT scheme will help us to improve our environmental footprint and identify where we can make savings for the benefit of our customers.”