The assessment process, while rigorous, is designed to be as simple as possible. However, we understand that it can be daunting for organisations who have not done similar things before, which is why the Sustainable Homes team is always available to provide guidance and support. So if you’ve got any questions or want advice on how to present the evidence required you can give us a call or drop us an email.
Your assessment report will detail the level of SHIFT accreditation your organisation has achieved. The accreditation levels are: Commended, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum.
You will receive a dated accreditation certificate for you to display in your offices and an accreditation logo that can be used in your communications and marketing materials for 12 months after you achieve accreditation. For instance, the logo could be used in email signatures, in funding bid documents, in annual reports… in short, in any piece of promotional material your staff, customers and stakeholders will see.
SHIFT is recognised by the HCA and backed by Government and others, so promotion of your accreditation will enhance brand reputation, and can improve your chances of winning new contracts from local authorities and other housing associations. It may also help you boost staff morale and attract tenants, as people are increasingly demanding that their employers and landlords demonstrate strong environmental performance.