Sustainable Homes Limited

Established as a subsidiary of Hastoe in 1997, Sustainable Homes Limited provides the affordable housing sector with good value, well informed services that can be trusted.

Sustainable Homes has a mission to ensure every home encourages more sustainable lives.

One of its core projects is the award winning Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT). This is the standard by which affordable housing providers prove their environmental performance. The SHIFT index benchmarks environmental performance across all activities, in mitigating and adapting to climate change as well as providing a network for best practice learning.  It also provides assistance in reducing impacts and sharing best practice.  Over 2.3 million residents are housed by the over 60 landlords involved. Supporters include the Homes and Communities Agency, Environment Agency, Greater London Authority and others.

Sustainable Homes provides training throughout the UK including: Fuel Poverty Reduction for staff and residents; Energy Efficiency for Asset Managers; Measuring the Environmental Performance and other bespoke courses. A central part of this work is encouraging the measurement, monitoring and reduction of environmental impacts.

Sustainable Homes also helps reduce fuel poverty and retrofits homes through its Carbon Reduction Options for Housing Managers (CROHM) service for landlords. This service, provided in partnership with Parity Projects, provides a summary of the costs and measures to reduce fuel poverty or meet carbon reduction targets across a housing portfolio. It does this work in close collaboration with the landlord and can also illustrate the potential funding such as Renewable Heat Incentive or Feed in Tariff income.

Sustainable Homes, with support from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Rockwool and others, is researching energy use in over 400 homes over the winter period.  The study engages with residents on their energy use and encourages behavioural change to make savings. Findings will be provided to government to help inform energy saving policies. You can see the fourteen housing associations that are involved and understand a bit more about the study here.

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