CityWest Homes takes winning bite out of Green Apple Awards

We are thrilled to announce that CityWest Homes has been recognised with an International Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice.

CityWest Homes competed with over 500 nominations for the award with our energy benchmarking project, which is the first of its kind. The awards are part of an international campaign to find Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities. They are supported by the Environmental Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies. The awards ceremony will be held on 11 November 2013 in the House of Commons.

The benchmarking database was developed by CityWest Homes sustainability manager Peter Armfield and sustainability experts The Facility Consultants. By collecting the structural and technical data of 12,000 tenanted homes, the database will help us to accurately forecast any changes made to help cut energy use, reduce the carbon footprint and help residents to save money on their fuel bills.

As a result of the International Green Apple Awards success, we have also been invited to have our paper published in the Green Book. This is the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice and is shared with companies across the globe to encourage helping the environment.

Peter Armfield, sustainability manager, CityWest Homes, was thrilled to be nominated for the award for the first time. He said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised on an international level for our sustainability work. This award supports some of the leading practises in green initiatives, so to be nominated demonstrates that our innovative green ideas are getting results.

“Cutting the fuel bills of our residents as well as our carbon footprint is one of our core initiatives. Our energy benchmarking database will help us to understand where we can make the best possible savings across our properties. Whether these involve solar panels, insulation or new lighting, we now have a clear snapshot of which changes can be most beneficial to our residents.”

Oliver Schneider, Managing Director of The Facility Consultants said: “Building owners have a responsibility to reduce the impact of the built environment by reducing operational carbon emissions. It’s great to see a major housing provider take a proactive approach to genuinely tackling sustainability issues.

These improvements will reduce energy bills for tenants; make the properties warmer and more comfortable to live in, whilst greatly increasing the lifespan of the buildings. Following this research, CityWest Homes will be in a position to become the country’s most pioneering housing provider in the area of carbon reduction.”

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