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Salix Homes Scoops Housing Oscar

Salix Homes Scoops Housing Oscar

Salix Homes has won a top national award recognising excellence and outstanding achievement in the social housing sector.

The Salford housing organisation has won the Sustainable Landlord of the Year category at the UK Housing Awards 2012 for work to deliver improvements to social housing alongside an ambitious low carbon retrofit agenda.

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

As a trailblazer for the Government's flagship Green Deal initiative, Salix Homes have developed a range of innovative measures to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, reducing their carbon footprint and providing significant savings for residents fuel bills.

The award means that Salix Homes has received the top accolade in the social housing sector for the third year running, after scooping UK Housing Awards in 2010 and 2011.

Salix Homes was also a finalist in the Awards' Innovation of the Year category, having been shortlisted jointly with Arup for the retrofit of 78 homes on the New Barracks Estate in Ordsall.

Grainia Long, chief executive, Chartered Institute of Housing, said:

"The judging panel were incredibly impressed with Salix Homes. They demonstrated a real commitment to sustainability by making it a part of their whole business - from organisational culture through to the practical ways that they are working with residents to make homes more energy efficient and to reduce fuel bills."

Kevin Scarlett, chief executive of Salix Homes said:

" We are delighted that our innovative and holistic approach to environmentally sustainable improvements to homes has been recognised. Salix Homes is at the forefront of work to look at and change the way that tenants use energy, leading to lower energy bills and a reduced impact on the environment."

In all 81 entries were shortlisted across 14 categories for the UK Housing Awards 2012. The winners were 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.