bpha has maintained its SHIFT silver standard with an improved score for its environmental credentials after undertaking its annual review of progress against its plans in 2020.
The Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT) assessment is an independent sustainability standard specifically for the housing sector, that quantifies how organisations are delivering against their environmental targets.
The SHIFT assessment measures housing associations against more than 50 environmental criteria, including CO2 emissions, water use, landfill waste and response to climate change risks.
Each year the measurement standards increase to reflect the requirement to work towards higher standards on a continuous basis. This means that a parity score with the previous year would see an organisation moving backwards against the standards.
bpha retained its silver accreditation with a significant improvement on the score that was achieved in 2019.
The report highlighted the average SAP score achieved by bpha’s properties (74.1), which was the third highest of the 40 housing associations that have been benchmarked. Our work in this area aligns with our goal to help reduce fuel poverty for our customers as well as achieving our wider environmental sustainability ambitions.