The greenest social housing organisations in the UK were honoured at a glittering awards ceremony in London last month, hosted by Jon Snow, Channel 4 news anchorman and organised by Inside Housing magazine and its sister-publication Footprint.
The Hyde Group, Mears Group , ECD Architects were the winners of the Low energy social housing project Of The Year, beating stiff competition from around the country.
Philippa Ward, the editor of Footprint, said: "In tough economic times, it is crucial that the housing sector continues to lead the way on green issues. These awards illuminate the great work on sustainability coming from social landlords and their partners. I am delighted that the number and quality of entries has been so high once again. There is a lot to learn from and admire in those shortlisted - and even more so in the impressive set of winning entries."
The judges included some very distinguished experts including Robert Napier the Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency; Neil May, Managing Director of Good Homes Alliance; Jon Lovell, Head of Sustainability at Drivers Jonas; Simon Mcwhirter, the Head of Campaigns at WWF Homes and Alan Yates, Director of Regeneration at Accord Housing Association.
Mears Commercial and Environmental Manager, Paul Kellaway say's "We were delighted to have been selected to work alongside our partners, The Hyde Group & ECD Architects, on this innovative "Retrofit & Replicate" project. This refurbishment highlighted that strong partnerships can produce credible cost effective and replicable solutions for reducing CO2 emissions in the existing housing stock, via a comprehensive review and selection of the Green technologies available.
This in turn will improve the quality of lives for residents, by reducing fuel poverty and providing them with affordable warmth, as well as the reduction of carbon emissions, in this case by over 80%!
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