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Catalyst Housing celebrates gold environmental award

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Catalyst remains one of only a small handful of  housing providers in the country to achieve a Gold ‘Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow’ (SHIFT) award for the sustainability of its developments and its working practices.

The SHIFT benchmarking scheme, endorsed by the government, analyses the environmental performance of housing associations, including their homes, offices and operations. Weighted questions measure aspects such as energy efficiency, water use, waste and adaptation to climate change.

Every two years members receive an independent, in-depth assessment, comparing them with other housing providers and suggesting ways to improve. The awards, attended by over 500 people from the sector, were announced at a conference for social landlords in Olympia, London on Wednesday.

The rankings were the culmination of five months of analysis looking at providers’ environmental credentials. Categories examined by SHIFT included office carbon emissions, use of sustainable materials in existing homes, engagement with the community on sustainability issues, and flood preparedness.

Phil Thompson – head of development & sustainability said;

‘We are immensely proud of this achievement and retaining our gold standard. This would not have been possible without the hard work of our team and initiatives such as our innovative award winning sustainable housing schemes, The Greenway and Kingsgate House. We have also worked closely with our suppliers to reduce their carbon footprint and have run a popular office recycling scheme.

‘Sustainability is very important to Catalyst and we will continue to find new ways to make the company, our residents & their communities more sustainable. The aim now is to continue improving our performance and achieve the highest, platinum standard.’

Andrew Eagles, Managing Director of Sustainable Homes, which administers the scheme, said:

‘These awards are all about recognising progress and achievement in improving the quality of residents’ homes. Catalyst should be proud of the strides they are taking to improve – especially at the moment when cash from the government is so limited. It’s important to remember that when we talk about ‘environmental performance’, it’s not some abstract ‘nice-to-have’ badge. For residents, investing in this stuff means lower bills – as well as a higher quality of life. SHIFT members are at the forefront of sustainability. They have committed to independent assessment and are working to reduce their impacts’