We recognise that the climate emergency is the defining issue of our era. We also appreciate that as a large employer, developer of new houses, and landlord to more than 105,000 properties, we have a significant impact on the environment.
We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and behaving sustainably for the benefit of our customers, the communities in which we operate, and the planet on which we live.
Our Environment Strategy (PDF 1.14MB) outlines our commitment to reducing our environmental impact. We are proactively rising to the climate challenge and working towards making a significant contribution in decarbonising the housing sector; aiming to become a net zero carbon organisation by 2050.
Tackling fuel poverty
We have a responsibility to ensure our tenants live in warm homes that are cost-effective to heat; reducing levels of fuel poverty and increasing quality of life for residents.
The UK Government’s Fuel Poverty Strategy aims to ensure that all homes reach a minimum energy standard of Standard Assessment Protocol (SAP) Band C by 2030. We are committed to meeting this target by installing loft and wall insulation, solar panels, air source heat pumps, and other energy efficiency measures. We continuously monitor energy consumption and we will continue to target property reinvestment at inefficient homes.
New sustainable homes
We aim to develop sustainable homes that are fit for purpose, adhering to environmental standards and ensuring that our environmental impact during and after construction is minimised.
With a commitment to innovation and environmentally friendly features in design, we investigate the latest building techniques to reduce our environmental impact. These include smart technology to reduce energy costs and incorporating the Future Homes Standard into design practice to ensure government standards are delivered.
We recognise that the environment and public space play a key role within the communities in which our tenants live. As such, we work closely with individuals and community groups to ensure that the built environment where people live is welcoming and safe, and that people are engaged with their surroundings.
We will continue to offer funding for communities and local groups to develop community gardens, green spaces, and other community benefit projects that help to create inviting spaces for people to live and encourage local engagement with the environment.
We consider innovation, collaboration and sharing knowledge within the sector as key components for improving our environmental performance. Our residents and employees can also help us to discover solutions that will change the way we live and work, save money and reduce environmental impact.