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Nottingham City Homes (NCH) has been accredited as a gold standard provider of sustainable homes, successfully reducing its environmental impact across its housing stock.

The accreditation body SHIFT (Sustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow) is run by Sustainable Homes and the award makes NCH one of the leading organisations for green homes in the UK.

Sustainable Homes also awarded NCH the Sustainable Retrofit Project of the Year for their Energiesprong pilot to create ultra-low energy homes.

NCH, in partnership with Nottingham City Council (NCC), is the first housing organisation in the UK to adopt Energiesprong approach to tackle climate change. The project improved the energy efficiency of 10 homes in Sneinton, upgrading them with new outside walls, windows and solar roofs.

Councillor Sally Longford, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Energy and Environment, said: “It’s a great achievement to have gained both the gold standard and to have won this award. It’s testament to the innovation and commitment that Nottingham City Homes has shown to ensure its homes are ready for the zero carbon standards required across the UK by 2050.”

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes said, “As a large housing provider, we are very aware of our environmental impact and we have worked hard to minimise it. As well as meeting our environmental responsibilities, sustainability means reduced operational costs for us and cheaper bills and warmer homes for our tenants.”

NCC and NCH are currently seeking funding for a rollout of the scheme to 100+ homes in the city.