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Housing body wins prize for thermal insulation

A housing association has won a green prize for investing £3.8 million into providing thermal insulation to homes on a Runcorn estate.

Riverside was awarded a silver accolade in the industry environmental league table the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT) after heating 400 homes in Halton Brook.

Judges measured the company against 37 other housing organisations and carried out sustainability performances assessments in existing houses, new-build homes, offices and strategic and operational plans.

Carol Matthews, Riverside chief executive, said the body has injected huge amounts of money into renovating the least energy-efficient residences by delivering practical advice and installing the latest technology.

"With continued improvements, such as our solar panel projects, we will be on track for a gold ranking this time next year," she added.

Minister of state for energy and climate change Gregory Barker praised SHIFT for making the move to understand their environmental impacts at a time of high energy prices.

Indeed, Big Six power suppliers npower and British Gas recently announced prices hikes of between six and 9.1 per cent.

Posted by Paul Taylor