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Globally, buildings have a major impact upon the environment through their carbon dioxide emissions, and use of energy, water and resources. Plus we’re all now spending 90% of our time indoors, on average, due to work, travel and home life.

The case for creating people and planet-friendly buildings has never been clearer.

However, building owners, managers and landlords aren’t sustainability experts and, given the range of issues that need to be addressed, it’s understandable they may think ‘Where do I start?’.

At SHIFT, we understand this feeling which is why we’ve channelled 15-years of experience into creating unique audit and accreditation systems. This provides our clients with an easy-to-understand, practical roadmap outlining how to turn their existing building stock into a sustainable resource which saves money, improves efficiency and meets regulations. This enables clients to effectively plan work and financial budgets, all the way to 2050 if required.

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We take pride in the fact that our experience and independence means we offer unbiased and reliable advice. You can have confidence knowing our roadmap is in the best interest of your company, your clients and the planet when you present it to management and boards of directors.

The SHIFT approach is offered as the following services:

SHIFT Sustainability Standard

Specifically for social landlords, we’ve created bespoke tools and calculators for our SHIFT sustainability standard. This enables our expert team to assess the full environmental impact of your activities and deliver a bespoke action plan for embedding sustainability.

SECR Reporting

We convert your raw data into energy and carbon dioxide emissions – scope 1, 2 and 3 – and produce a statement report in the correct format to meet your building stock’s Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) legal requirements.

ESG Reporting

The SHIFT approach aligns with the ‘environmental’ part of the current iteration of the Environmental Social & Governance (ESG) reporting, showing how the building stock adheres to ESG expectations.

Post-Occupancy Evaluation

For both new-build and refurbishments, SHIFT can monitor energy, water use plus a range of other environmental features, analysing how practical operation meets design intent.

Carbon Roadmaps

We put your operational carbon dioxide emissions under the microscope and produce a detailed road map outlining the measures necessary to achieve 2050 Net Zero compliance.

“A2Dominion gained valuable understanding of the organisation’s environmental performance through our latest SHIFT assessment. Areas for improvement through better practices and/or better data were made really clear and I look forward to seeing the progress in environmental performance from our next SHIFT assessment”

- A2Dominion, Sustainability Manager

“Our SHIFT accreditation recognises our work to keep homes energy efficient and reduce carbon emissions. Izzy, our assessor, was a pleasure to work with – she made the process very straightforward and was very patient on our first SHIFT assessment.”

– Lynne Campbell, Bernicia

“We commissioned SHIFT to provide environmental briefings to CCHA’s Green Group, which is formed by representatives across all directorates. Richard and Sam provided engaging, informative presentations and facilitated excellent brainstorming sessions that have generated targets and actions for our forthcoming environmental strategy.”

– Jonathan Jones, Corporate Director of Property, Cardiff Community Housing Association

“We are really pleased to have achieved SHIFT Silver in Halton’s first environmental assessment. Throughout the assessment process we have been able to identify where environmental improvements should be made and Halton are looking forward to implementing the SHIFT recommendations and seeing how the business evolves to meet its sustainability ambitions.”

– Scott Murray, Director of Homes

“As well as benefitting from being a SHIFT landlord, Mosscare St Vincent have worked with SHIFT services in developing a robust and in-depth sustainability strategy. From this, we gained helpful understanding of the organisations current position, with clear SMART targets to work towards long term aims and meet sustainability ambitions.”

– Patrick McKendry, Sustainability Lead

“Thank you so much that was a really lovely engaging session which I think helped us all feel less daunted by this topic.”

– Denise Fowler, Chief Executive, Woman’s Pioneer Housing

“We have worked with SHIFT across numerous environmental projects and have been impressed with their attention to detail, technical knowledge and commitment to improving environmental performance in the social housing sector. The SHIFT assessment has also proved to be a really useful tool for us to demonstrate the challenges ahead to the wider business in an easily understandable format”

– Liz Daniels, Asset Manager

“South Liverpool Homes commissioned SHIFT to analyse the costs and interventions required to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across our housing stock. We have been really impressed with the level of detail provided, but also the effective communication of the longer-term action required across both existing homes and new developments. Sam and the team really advanced our understanding of the agenda and we will enjoy working with them again.”

– Michael Gibney, Asset & Development Manager

“At St Leger, we have expanded on our knowledge of our environmental performance through our most recent SHIFT assessment. The SHIFT assessment helped to highlight areas for improvement and challenges ahead for the whole business, with clear and understandable recommendations for the future. SHIFT has been invaluable in developing and delivering our Environmental Strategy”

– Christopher Litherland, Asset Management Service Manager

“Thank you very much for this morning, it was thought provoking which is exactly what I was hoping for. I am so pleased to see you doing well and that the message is getting out there that SHIFT offers good, independent advice that our sector so desperately needs.”

– Sue Chalkley, Chief Executive, Golding Homes

“VAHT commissioned SHIFT to undertake an EPC analysis and they have provided such a useful report which will enable us to implement plans to achieve both fuel poverty and EPC C targets.”

– Karen Flanagan, Contract Surveyor

“Our recent SHIFT assessment gave us clear areas to target with relevant improvement which we believe will enhance sustainability action throughout the business. The SHIFT team were very supportive and aimed to make the process as easy as possible for us.”

– Poppy Scott, Worthing Homes

“We are delighted to retain our SHIFT Gold status as it shows our commitment to working in a sustainable way and reducing our carbon footprint is continuing to pay off. A big thank you to our Environmental Champions, other Broadland staff and Sam our SHIFT Assessor who helped to gather the information needed for the assessment.”

– Louise Archer, Executive Property Director

“We are delighted to retain our SHIFT Gold status as it shows our commitment to working in a sustainable way and reducing our carbon footprint is continuing to pay off. A big thank you to our Environmental Champions, other Broadland staff and Sam our SHIFT Assessor who helped to gather the information needed for the assessment.”

– Louise Archer, Executive Property Director