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Greener homes in Salford set for top awards

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Salix Homes is in the running for two national awards for work to deliver improvements to social housing in Central Salford alongside an ambitious low carbon retrofit agenda.

The housing organisation has been shortlisted in the Sustainable Landlord of the Year and Innovation of the Year categories of the UK Housing Awards 2012.

The nominations mean that Salix Homes could receive the top accolade in the housing sector for the third year running, after scooping UK Housing Awards in 2010 and 2011.

Salix Homes is shortlisted in the Sustainable Landlord of the Year category for Salix Green. This combines physical improvements to make housing more environmentally sustainable with energy advice and support for customers to encourage changes in how energy is used in their homes.

In the Innovation of the Year category, Salix Homes has been shortlisted along with Arup for the retrofit of 78 homes on the New Barracks Estate in Ordsall. These solid-wall Edwardian properties have benefited from work including internal insulation, high performance double glazed windows, A-rated condensing combination boilers, and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery. This has saved tenants an average £353 on their gas bills and will result in a 47% reduction in properties' CO2 emissions.

Salix Homes Head of Property Services Matt Roberts said:

"We are delighted to be shortlisted for these two awards. Our innovative and holistic approach to retro-fitting has ensured our homes are now at a much better standard and tenants are receiving all the benefits from our long term sustainable approach to working. Salix Homes is one of the few social landlords to carry out simultaneous assessments of carbon savings, tenants' energy use behaviours and social return, to improve its housing stock and deliver greater benefits for both landlord and tenants."

Co-ordinator of the New Barracks Tenant Management Co-operative Limited, Julie Thompson added:

"It was important that the retrofit respected the heritage and the beauty of our homes and still delivered modern, warm interiors. We have achieved this as our homes are now at a much better standard and we are making great savings on our gas bills."

In all 81 entries have been shortlisted across 14 categories for the UK Housing Awards 2012. The winners will be announced at an evening ceremony at Wednesday 27 June at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London.

The UK Housing Awards are jointly organised by Inside Housing and the Chartered Institute of Housing to recognise achievement and excellence across the housing sector which improves the lives of people in their communities.

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Editors notes:

Salix Homes Ltd is helping to deliver Salford City Council's five-year strategy to bring all council housing up to the Decent Homes Standard, a multi-million pound vision for the city.

Salix Homes is an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) and is a not-for-profit company responsible for the day-to-day management of 10,600 homes across Central Salford, Rainsough Brow and Beechfarm.

For more information on Salix Homes, please contact Public Relations Officer, Chris Lee on 0161 793 2914.