Green sky thinking week: Making London a better place to live and work
Sustainability manager Graeme Maughan discusses Peabody's involvement in Green Sky Thinking week
Green Sky thinking week, the annual celebration of eco-design, will take place from 28 April–2 May 2014. This year’s programme is all about the future viability of London to adapt creating a liveable and resilient city, and Peabody is excited to be a part of it.
Our event on 30 April is an opportunity to find out more about how we are making London a better place to live and work, with a focus on our plans for the sustainable regeneration of Thamesmead. We will invest in existing homes and the public realm, develop new homes, create jobs and generate further investment through our partnership approach.
We’re investing in our stock and aim to improve the environmental sustainability of all our homes and properties over time. Our IMPROVE programme is upgrading the grounds and external look and feel of our estates, with improved landscaping, drainage and planting. This project is also a great example of how we involve the estate community in the decision making process for major programmes.
We’re also working to improve the thermal comfort of residents at risk of fuel poverty. I’ll talk about our successful Home energy advice service, which has enabled us to identify an average of £165 of savings on energy and water bills, for each household we visit. This has also generated some useful customer insight which will help inform our service offer going forward.
Finally there’ll be a short case study on proposals for our new head office, and our ambition to achieve a BREEAM Excellent building (a measure of its environmental performance).
These are exciting times for Peabody, we’re in a position to deliver more homes, great services and opportunities to more Londoners than ever before. Our long term strategy to 2045 is to improve the SAP ratings of our properties to an average of 80, from a current average score of 64. We’ll do this by reducing our carbon emissions related to housing stock by 30% by 2025. In addition to this we’re carrying out best practice research on retrofitting technologies to reduce the carbon footprint of our homes, and are developing thousands of new homes which aim to meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
I hope you can join us on 30 April to find out more.
Graeme Maughan is Sustainability Manager at Peabody
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