A2Dominion has been recognised as one of the most environmentally-friendly housing associations in the country after receiving a prestigious sustainability award.
The Group was awarded Silver status from the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT), a sustainability benchmark for housing associations.
As one of only 24 providers to receive the award, A2Dominion was congratulated on its work to measure and reduce its environmental impact.
The Rt Hon Lord Deben PC, Chairman of Committee on Climate Change and Robin Lawler, President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, presented the certificate for the award.
Companies signing up to be assessed by SHIFT commit themselves to being measured against a challenging set of targets for reduced carbon emissions, designed to combat climate change and a broad range of environmental impacts.
Tim Burrow, A2Dominion’s Project Officer (Environmental Policy), said: “We’ve made many improvements over the past 12 months to reduce our impact on the environment and help raise awareness of environmental issues.
“This has included taking part in the Retrofit for the Future programme in conjunction with the Technology Strategy Board, water efficiency fittings for existing properties and monitoring contractor waste.
“’Getting Greener’ remains as one of our key business priorities, and we are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of our offices and the homes we provide, and providing employee training on green issues.”
“We’re thrilled that the hard work has paid off and we’ll continue to explore different types of sustainable working for the future.”
Andrew Eagles, Managing Director of Sustainable Homes, secretariat of SHIFT, said: “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, said of the results: “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.”
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Notes to Editors
The A2Dominion Group is one of the country’s leading providers of high quality housing. It provides over 34,000 homes across London and southern England with thousands in development. The Group offers a wide range of housing options including affordable rented, temporary, student, sheltered, supported and key worker accommodation. It also has homes for sale and shared ownership through the A2Dominion New Homes brand. Visit www.a2dominion.co.uk/newhomes for more information.
The SHIFT Index is a sustainability benchmark and best practice learning network. Over 50 organisations are involved. SHIFT members represent over two million residents nationwide. SHIFT was developed with the support of the WWF, the Homes and Communities Agency, the UK Green Building Council and the Mayor of London.Sustainable Homes acts as the secretariat for the SHIFT Index and is the leading provider of sustainable housing training and consultancy in the UK. www.sustainablehomes.co.uk