Environmental

We have held our accreditation to ISO 14001 since 2008. As part of the accreditation, we are audited annually by an external body The British Assessment Bureau. 

To maintain the accreditation we are required to demonstrate that we are adopting an ethos and culture of environmental awareness, in addition to our legal obligations such as site waste and hazardous waste management.

The Building Company has for the second year running won a prestigious Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice. Andrew Stafford, Danny Vose, Kelly Whittam and Steven Lowe attended the Carbon-neutral Presentation Award Ceremony held at the House of Parliament, Palace of Westminster, London on 16th November 2015. The award was presented to Danny Vose, Head of Investment and James Nuttall, Building Surveyor by Labour MP, Liz Kendall.

Our winning submission was for the installation of Solar PV on over 2,700 properties across New Charter Housing Stock in the Tameside Area; providing a level of free electricity helping reduce fuel poverty across the borough and reducing significantly carbon dioxide levels. Installations will have the added advantage of increasing the SAP (standard assessment of performance) for those properties that benefit from an installation.

The Green Apple Environment Award was launched in 1994 by The Green Organisation and has become well established as one of the most popular environmental campaigns in the world.

We have also recently been awarded MCS accreditation (micro-generation certificate scheme) for the installation of solar thermal arrays.

Solar thermal panels are a sustainable form of technology as they use the sun’s heat to provide hot water, which makes the systems extremely efficient.

Photovoltaic panels

The Building Company has also been accredited with MCS (micro-generation certification scheme) certification for the installation of PV.  This means that we are able to install photovoltaic panel systems. 

Photovoltaic panels produce electricity from the sun’s rays, which can be directed into the home for use by residents and so represent free electricity. We have installed over 2,251 panels across our customers’ homes in Tameside. Watch to see how our Photovoltaic panels have made a difference here. 

Biomass

We have recently installed a biomass heating installation at Cavendish Mill in Ashton-under-Lyne.  This system is also linked with 40 solar thermal panels which provide energy efficient hot water and heating to the building.

Air to water source heat pumps

We have also installed air to water source heat pumps to one of our sheltered schemes, which are also linked to 14 solar thermal panels, which again reduces heating costs for residents.

Loft and cavity wall insulation

We have had a five year programme of carrying out loft and cavity wall insulation to our properties.

If you are interested in finding out more about New Charter's Green agenda, you can contact Danny Vose in the Property Services Investment Team on 0161 331 2000.