CityWest Homes celebrates environmental award

CityWest Homes has won a top environmental award for the quality of its homes in a government-backed scheme.

Westminster City Council’s housing management organisation was one of only six out of 53 providers to achieve a gold SHIFT award from research consultancy Sustainable Homes.

The Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT) benchmarking scheme, endorsed by the government, analyses the environmental performance of housing associations, including their homes, offices and operations. They are assessed on their performance in areas such as energy efficiency, water use, waste management 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.

CityWest Homes’ achievement comes on the back of a recent success at the Inside Housing Sustainable Housing Awards for an innovative recycling scheme on one of its estates.

Peter Armfield, sustainability manager said: “We are delighted to have improved on the silver award we achieved last time around and receive such a prestigious accolade for our environmental performance. We work hard to deliver quality homes for our residents and know how important it is that we continue to improve so that we can protect the environment and help keep household bills down. Of course we can always do more, but it’s great to be part of a network of leading housing providers who are raising the bar in this area.”

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. CityWest Homes 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."

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