February 29, 2012
Last week at the glamorous Birmingham Banqueting Suite, those organisations leading the way with reductions in environmental impacts, were announced at the SHIFT best practise awards.The Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow was developed in 2008 as a best-practice group for registered providers and their supply chains, with support from the Housing Corporation, UK Green Building Council, WWF-UK and the Mayor of London.

Homes & Communities Agency       UKGBC logo colour WWF logo small       Mayor of London

Over 50 organisations now take part – up from 16 the first year – and manage more than a million UK homes. The award-winners are SHIFT members who made proven reductions in environmental impacts in the past year.

Greensquare award Riverside award

Green Square SHIFT award                                                           Riverside SHIFT award

These awards were particularly exciting. Members are measured against specific environmental metrics such as CO2 per square metre of office space or percentage of housing stock with water-efficient devices. Strategic issues and resident engagement on environmental issues are also covered.

Homes and Communities Agency Chief Executive Pat Ritchie applauded the efforts and the awards: “Reducing environmental impacts is important to us all – at the HCA we have cut our own carbon emissions by 12% in a year – so it is great to see many of our housing association partners are reducing their impacts and having their efforts measured, verified and rewarded. Congratulations to these winners of the SHIFT awards.”

Andrew Eagles, Managing Director of Sustainable Homes, commended the whole group: “These organisations have stood up to be tested on their environmental credentials. Their peers felt it important to recognise organisations that had most improved or done exceptionally well in individual categories. It is great to be rewarding reductions in environmental impacts.”  The winners of the 2011/12 awards are as follows:

Organisation

Category

Regenda Most significant improvement in reducing environmental impacts.
Gentoo Most significant efforts to ensure their strategy and management policies are reducing environmental impacts.
Riverside Most significant efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of their offices and operations.
Bromford Group One of the top organisations making significant efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of their existing homes.
Wakefield and District One of the top organisations making the most significant effort to reduce the environmental impacts of their existing homes.
Green Square One of the top organisations making the most significant efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of their new build homes.
Wakefield and District One of the top organisations making the most significant efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of their new build homes.
Affinity Sutton Outstanding research assisting the sector understand sustainability challenges.
Nottingham Community Housing Association Championing sustainability: For exceptional personal contributions to sustainability over the year –  Andrea Griffiths-James, Energy & Environmental Services Coordinator, Nottingham Community Housing Association.
West Kent Lifetime award for contributions to sustainability – Janet Ranson, Principal Development Manager

The Homes and Communities Agency and SHIFT principal partners: Inside Housing, Mears, Solar Tech, V Phase presented the awards.

Later this year, all SHIFT members will again be independently assessed to check progress in reducing impacts and to determine which organisations meet the converted Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze or Commended status.