Energy advice scheme in national awards shortlist

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 

A pioneering scheme which has helped Birmingham residents save around £16k in energy bills is in the running for a national award.

The energy advice project, run by Family Housing Association, is one of only six entries shortlisted in the Sustainable Housing Awards’ ‘Community Influence’ category.

Family Housing Association, a member of the WM Housing Group, established the initiative five years ago. Working with partners it has now helped more than 1,000 residents make greener choices – saving both money and the environment.

In 2013/2014 the team helped residents save around 96 litres of water and £16k by helping them to switch energy providers, install draught proofing and reduce their energy use. The carbon savings are around 60 tonnes.

The Sustainable Housing Awards launched in 2008 to recognise the most sustainable new social housing projects, the best refurbishment schemes and those who have been most innovative across a range of other green criteria. 

The winner will be announced at a ceremony hosted by one of the world’s greatest living explorers, Sir Ranulph Fiennes on Friday 17 October at the Lancaster London Hotel.

Martyn Hale, Managing Director at Family Housing, said: “I’d like to thank the team working on this project for their hard work and commitment which has led us to be shortlisted for this award.

“To be named amongst the best green innovators in our sector is a great accolade, but what is most important to us is that we’ve helped around 1,000 residents out of fuel poverty, freeing up their funds for other essentials. Whatever the outcome of the awards ceremony, Birmingham is already a winner.” 

Emma Maier, editor of Inside Housing, said: “Housing accounts for 25% of UK carbon emissions, so reducing emissions from new and existing homes is vital if the UK is to meet its carbon reduction targets. Social housing landlords have been at the forefront of responding to that challenge.  

“The Sustainable Housing Awards recognise and reward social housing providers that are playing a pioneering role in greening the UK’s housing stock – and tackling fuel poverty.

“The awards are in their seventh year, and, once again, we have been inundated with entries from the leading organisations who have been behind the most innovative and impressive projects in the UK. It is a brilliant achievement for Family Housing Association to be shortlisted in the face of such fierce competition. We are thrilled to be able to host the awards ceremony that recognises the work of the housing sector’s sustainable pioneers.”

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