We recognise that the climate emergency is the issue of our era. We also accept that as a large employer, developer of new houses, and landlord to more than 105,000 properties, we have a significant impact on the environment.

We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and behaving sustainably for the benefit of our customers, the communities in which we operate, and the planet on which we live.

Our Environment Strategy outlines our commitment to reducing our environmental impact. We are proactively rising to the climate challenge and working towards making a significant contribution in decarbonising the housing sector; aiming to become a net zero carbon organisation by 2050.

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We have a responsibility to ensure our tenants live in warm homes that are cost effective to heat; reducing levels of fuel poverty and increasing quality of life for residents. The UK Government’s Fuel Poverty Strategy aims to ensure that all fuel poor homes reach a minimum energy standard of Standard Assessment Protocol (SAP) Band C by 2030. We are committed to meeting this target by installing loft and wall insulation, solar panels, air source heat pumps, and other energy efficiency measures. Our Energy Management team continuously monitors energy consumption and we will continue to target property reinvestment at inefficient homes.

We aim to develop sustainable homes that are fit for purpose, adhering to environmental standards and ensuring that our environmental impact during and after construction is minimised. With a commitment to innovation and environmentally friendly features in design, we investigate the latest building techniques to reduce our environmental impact. These include smart technology to reduce energy costs and incorporating the Future Homes Standard into design practice to ensure government standards are delivered.

We recognise that the environment and public space play a key role within the communities in which our tenants live. As such, we work closely with individuals and community groups to ensure that the built environment where people live is welcoming and safe, and that people are engaged with their surroundings. We will continue to offer funding for communities and local groups to develop community gardens, green spaces, and other community benefit projects that help to create inviting spaces for people to live and encourage local engagement with the environment.

We consider innovation, collaboration and sharing knowledge within the sector as key components for improving our environmental performance. Our residents and staff can also help us to discover solutions that will change the way we live and work, save money and reduce environmental impact.

Watch our Environment and Climate Change video below.

Case study: Nitshill, Glasgow

Two of our properties in the Nitshill area of Glasgow have achieved the top energy efficiency rating in Scotland. The homes have been built to the Passivhaus standard, the highest level achievable under Scottish Building Standards.

Residents in Passivhaus homes don’t need to rely on renewable technologies, such as heat pumps, and are expected to benefit from significantly reduced energy bills and improved internal air quality.

There are also two silver, four gold, and two platinum standard houses on the development, which meet various energy efficiency criteria; including the use of insulated window and door frames, heat recovery, and solar thermal hot water systems.

Case study: Anderston, Glasgow

Our award-winning £60 million regeneration project in Anderston, Glasgow, has provided 540 new high-quality, sustainable homes.

The use of an ‘iQ’ panelised timber frame system and solar photovoltaic panels will lead to long-term energy savings for residents.

We worked with local artists and schools throughout the project. Primary school children had their hand prints scanned and converted onto tiles in Phase 1. While a mural of Anderston, created by all three local primary schools, is displayed on Phase 3.

Case study: heat pump installation

We are improving the energy efficiency of nearly 600 social housing properties through the replacement of heating systems with low carbon alternatives.

Each property is being fitted with an air source heat pump, complete with a smart cylinder, intelligent heating control, new radiators, and pipework.

The specification will be tailored to suit a variety of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes, bringing them all up to an EPC rating of C or above. The project is being funded by Sanctuary, the Renewable Heat Incentive and the Warm Homes Fund.

An engineer examines a heating system

Case study: Greener Futures Partnership

Sanctuary has formed a pioneering partnership with four other housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of 300,000 homes.

The Greener Futures Partnership will create new sustainability standards for the housing sector, with partners working together to procure services, build skills, create jobs and develop solutions that enable the sector to build more sustainable and affordable homes for residents.