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Date added: April 11th, 2012
Regenda Wins Green Award

North-west housing group Regenda has been recognised for its work on reducing its environmental impact with a best practice award from the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT).

The award was given to Regenda for making the most significant improvement of all the members of SHIFT, last year.

Chris Dale, Head of Property Services at Regenda was delighted with the award, “This comes at the end of what has been a very busy year. At the start we appointed an Environmental Officer, Sarah Thomas, which was a new role for Regenda. Since then Sarah has supported the project team, bringing in over £300,000 of funding for environmental changes. We have introduced a range of energy efficient measures which have made a real difference to residents – from cavity wall and loft insulation in all our properties, a switchover programme from electric storage heaters to gas central heating, to the creation of a library of energy monitors for use by residents and staff.”

Chris continued, “Looking to the future, a climate change mitigation report which Sarah commissioned has ensured that where necessary we have been able to make adaptations to protect residents and the group from the effects of the changing climate. We are ambitious and we have more plans for this year, but this is certainly a great start.”

Andrew Eagles, Managing Director of Sustainable Homes, commended the whole group, “These organisations have stood up to be tested on their environmental credentials. Their peers felt it important to recognise organisations that had most improved or done exceptionally well in individual categories. It is great to be rewarding reductions in environmental impacts.”

SHIFT was developed in 2008 as a best-practice group for registered housing providers and their supply chains, with support from the Housing Corporation, UK Green Building Council, WWF-UK and the Mayor of London.

The Regenda Group is a leading housing and regeneration organisation, with 13,000 properties across the North West providing homes for more than 25,000 people.