As the Paris Agreement entered into force reinforcing the commitment to accelerate global action on climate change, housing providers celebrate their sustainability achievements through SHIFT accreditation demonstrating the vital role that the housing sector has to play in achieving such ambitious goals.
The SHIFT Awards brought together over 230 housing professionals in a ceremony presented by Marcus Brigstocke with a keynote speech by Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor Environment and Energy.
Across 12 categories and 2 dragons’ den pitches, this year’s event received an outstanding response, demonstrating that the drive to improve environmental performance is still going strong. SHIFT landlords took home 9 of the 14 awards open to the housing sector including developers, contractors, architects and consultants.
Bevan Jones, managing director of Sustainable Homes said: “It’s brilliant to celebrate the success of SHIFT landlords and to announce their accreditation at the SHIFT Awards in front of such outstanding audience. These organisations know that sustainability has to make business sense and they are working extremely hard to deliver warmer and affordable homes whilst operating lean and resilient businesses.”
At the ceremony, 43 SHIFT landlords also received their SHIFT accreditation standard in which a record number of “gold” landlords was announced. As a group, SHIFT landlords outperform the rest of the sector on measures such as the energy efficiency of homes – meaning lower emissions, warmer homes and more affordable energy bills for residents.
Accredited organisations measure their impacts and compare how are doing against others using the SHIFT framework, with recommendations provided on the best routes to improve.
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.”
For the full details of 2016 SHIFT accredited landlords click here.