Hastoe Receives Silver SHIFT Sustainability Award

Hastoe has been recognised for its efforts to reduce environmental impacts by being awarded Silver status from the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT).

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Caption: Hastoe receiving SHIFT Silver Award

SHIFT certificates were presented by the Rt Hon Lord Deben PC, Chairman of Committee on Climate Change and Robin Lawler, President of the Chartered Institute of Housing at the glamorous 2012 Homes Conference dinner.

SHIFT benchmarked Hastoe’s green credentials against 37 other housing organisations. Members were congratulated on their work to measure and reduce their environmental impacts at a glittering function at the Excel centre, in London.

Sue Chalkley, Chief Executive, Hastoe said:

“We are extremely proud that Hastoe has achieved a Silver SHIFT Award, which is a great accolade. Sustainability is a key part of our approach and it is fantastic to have our hard work recognised. After all, we developed the first rural affordable homes in the UK and Wimbish, in Essex, is multi-award winning and has achieved Passivhaus certification.

“We are committed to developing homes to this high standard which provide a very real solution to the serious and growing problem of rural fuel poverty, whilst also protecting the climate. Winning this award is testament to the quality of our homes and our commitment to sustainability.”

Andrew Eagles, Managing Director of Sustainable Homes, the secretariat, for SHIFT commented:
“The 2012-13 national SHIFT assessment saw a significant increase in environmental performance. This means improved buy in from management and real reductions in environmental impacts across the categories of existing homes, new build and operations”

Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Changehad this to say of SHIFT members: “Energy prices are rising, and we face challenging carbon reduction targets. I’m delighted to see SHIFT members taking action to understand their environmental impacts, including energy use, through independent assessment – and then working to reduce them.”

SHIFT corporate partners, supporting the concept of independent assessment of the sustainability of organisations, include Combismart, Devonshires, Diamond Build, H+H, Inside Housing, Mears, Vphase, ROCKWOOL and Solar Tech Ltd.

The SHIFT Index is a sustainability benchmark and best practice learning network. Over 50 organisations are involved. SHIFT members represent over 2 million residents nationwide. The assessment methodology, developed with the input of registered housing providers, covers sustainability performance in existing homes, new build homes, offices, and strategic and operational plans.