Housing group Torus has been awarded the title Housing Association of the year at the National Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Awards.
The group – comprising Warrington’s Golden Gates Housing Trust and Helena Partnerships of St Helens – own, manage and maintain around 22,000 homes.
Since last year the group has invested more than £11 million into energy saving measures across its housing stock, from solar panels and external wall insulation to innovative, award-winning ground source heating technology.
Alongside this, the group also undertook almost 2,000 one-to-one energy advice visits designed to give tenants warmer homes and lower bills.
Torus also operates a pool of electric cars which helps staff minimise their carbon footprint on a day-to-day basis, while staff are also given access to a car lease scheme specialising in low carbon cars. Staff are encouraged to work flexibly at home or at any of a number of key corporate buildings.
Since around 400 employees work from home at least one day a week, this equates to a carbon saving of approximately 80,000 tonnes per year.