Silver rating for ‘Sustainable Homes for Tomorrow’

15 October 2013

New Charter Homes has been awarded a top gong for environmental performance this month, after being assessed by a national environmental benchmarking group.

In the independent assessment carried out by SHIFT (Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow) Tameside housing association New Charter Homes was awarded a silver rating, with assessors stating that all members are to be commended.

The accreditation measures the environmental work of organisations in the housing sector and assesses key areas that they need to deliver in.

According to the report, New Charter environmental performance is a “strong silver” rating, with statements such as “SHIFT members are working hard to reduce environmental impacts.”

New Charter became part of SHIFT in June 2012, and has since undergone a lengthy assessment to gain the accolade.

Different categories have looked at the environmental impact of all of the housing association's work, including new builds and day to day office practices, existing property works and future plans for remaining environmentally friendly.

Danny Vose, head of investment at New Charter Homes said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to gain the silver rating from SHIFT and are really pleased to be recognised so highly for our awareness of the environment that we work in.

We understand that, now more than ever, all companies need to recognise the impact that they have on the environment but particularly so in the case of building work. We work hard to have only a positive impact on the communities that we work and develop in, so we’re delighted to be recognised so highly by a national body.”

New Charter will receive their certificate of recognition at a conference on fuel poverty on 6 November at Manchester’s Hilton.