The environmental agenda is high on the list of priorities for the Hyde Group. We are preparing our first Energy and Environment Strategy in 2018.
We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and in providing comfortable, affordable homes that are economical to run.
For over 10 years we have been committed to improving the energy efficiency of our homes, either through building new sustainable properties or by refurbishing existing ones to increase their energy efficiency.
The knowledge we have gained has been invaluable in developing our expertise, and will help in our next goal of rolling out environmental improvements across all our homes.
We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and one of the ways we aim to achieve this is to minimise the effect of commuting and business travel.
For us, travel planning is a dynamic process that develops over time. This travel plan builds on our first plan; with a package of measures delivered to encourage walking, cycling, public transport and more sustainable car use.
It is tailored to the needs of our staff, aimed at promoting greener, cleaner travel and reducing reliance upon the car. It has wide ranging benefits for both individuals by increasing their levels of physical activity, and for our organisation in terms of reducing our environmental impact and being more efficient.
Energy efficiency is high on our residents’ priority list, so we have introduced the Hyde Energy Standard which aims to raise the energy efficiency of our homes by installing insulation and efficient heating systems. The Standard aims to raise energy efficiency of all Hyde’s homes to an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) band C by 2030.
Solar PV panels have been installed on the roof of Martlet House in Chichester. The solar panels will provide free electricity for use within the offices, reducing our electricity bill. An application has been made for the Feed-in-Tariff (FiTs) which will generate income, guaranteed for the next 20 years, from the electricity produced. The amount of carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere will also be reduced, helping the environment too. We will be monitoring the electricity saved and the income we receive from the panels, to see just how effective they are.
We are building homes which meet the highest standards in environmental performance. We are learning all the time and working to produce homes which perform as well in reality as they are supposed to perform on paper. Much of this depends on how residents live in their homes and their understanding of the technologies installed. The energy advisory service is helping us in our efforts to encourage residents to be greener.
The award-winning regeneration at the Packington Estate in Islington, north London incorporates many environmental features including a central energy centre to provide heat and hot water across the whole development, along with other energy efficiency features, a green corridor, including green and brown roofs and bird boxes. The homes in the first and second phases of the development will achieve Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) Level 3 and following phases will achieve Level 4.
Our Park Street office was awarded the Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) "Very Good" level for environmental sustainability.
We have targets in place to achieve significant savings and improvement in energy use, paper consumption, number of miles driven and the amount of landfill waste created across everything we do. All these targets are contained in Hyde Environment Matters (PDF, 2.8MB) and progress is reported quarterly to the senior team.
Sustainability and environment
We measure our performance against our peers in the housing sector and across other industry groups. A portfolio of KPIs are presented to senior staff on a quarterly basis and an annual report will be presented to the Group Board each year.