Sustainability

We want to help our residents save money on their bills and manage energy costs, improve their health, and reduce environmental impact. For more information, read our energy efficiency advice.

We’re striving to reduce our environmental impact to help manage our costs and to be a more responsible business.

The benefits of our strategy will include:

  • Affordable energy and warmer homes for our residents
  • Reducing CO2 emissions
  • Reducing landfill waste and pollution
  • Improving food growing, biodiversity and resident health.
 

SHIFT

image: SHIFT GoldSustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow (SHIFT) is the sustainability standard for the housing sector. It is recognised by our regulator the Homes and Communities Agency and backed by Government.

SHIFT is an independent assessment and accreditation scheme that demonstrates organisations are delivering against challenging environmental targets. The SHIFT assessment measures how we are doing against over 22 environmental criteria, including CO2 emissions, water use, landfill waste and response to climate change.

It covers every aspect of our business including our homes, offices, and the way we work. Organisations that are assessed receive SHIFT Commended, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum accreditation, depending on their performance.

We’re very proud to confirm we were accredited SHIFT Gold following our most recent assessment.

We remain committed to improving the energy efficiency of our homes which, in turn helps residents to reduce their fuel bills and to live more comfortably. We’ll also help residents to manage their energy bills by delivering energy advice. By reducing emissions from our offices and business travel, we’ll reduce our environmental impact and improve value for money.

For more information, read our Strategic Plan 2017-18.

Warm Homes Fund

The Warm Homes Fund is designed to help people who may require support to heat their homes.

We’ve secured some of this funding to install 50 new gas central heating systems in Hastings and 30 air source heat pumps (ASHP) in Camber in 2018.

CAN and SHINE projects

We’ve been awarded European Union funding from the Interreg programme to deliver the SHINE and Climate Active Neighbourhoods projects.
  

Image: SHINE LogoSHINE Project

The Sustainable Houses in Inclusive Neighbourhoods (SHINE) project is an international partnership, consisting of Belgian, Dutch, French and British partners.

The partners will work together, developing ideas to accelerate energy retrofit in the region. The project is funded from September 2016 to August 2020.

We’ll work with Hastings Borough Council and Citizens Advice 1066 to deliver a major programme of domestic energy efficiency projects in St Leonards, Hastings.

Optivo has been awarded £450,000 and will deliver a 200 home energy retrofit project.
 

Image: CAN LogoCAN Project

We’ve also been awarded European Union funding from the Interreg North West Europe programme to deliver the CAN (Climate Active Neighbourhoods) project.

The CAN project is an international partnership, consisting of German, Belgian, Dutch, French and British partners.

The partners will work together, developing ideas to accelerate energy retrofit in the region. The project is funded from March 2016 to October 2019.

We’ll work with Hastings Borough Council and Energise Sussex Coast to deliver a major programme of domestic energy efficiency projects in Ore, Hastings.

Optivo and its partners have been awarded £522,000. We’ll deliver a 100 home energy retrofit and behaviour change project.

While the sun is out there are plenty of ways to buffer your home from the heat without using energy therefore maximising savings. 

For more information about how to stay cool in the summer while reducing the cost of your energy bills as well as making a positive impact on the environment, check out these useful tips from the CAN project here