Hertfordshire housing associations team up in search for ‘green guru’ to lead ground-breaking sustainability agenda

Hertfordshire housing associations team up in search for ‘green guru’ to lead ground-breaking sustainability agenda

Hertfordshire-based housing associations B3Living, settle and Watford Community Housing have partnered up in search of a joint Sustainability Lead to reduce the environmental impact of their homes and deliver upon their aspiration of becoming carbon neutral.

This newly created role will work across all three organisations, with a focus on adopting more sustainable ways of working, reducing the negative impacts of construction, and investing in energy-efficient homes that will help residents to save money.

The Sustainability Lead will also be tasked with researching and piloting new schemes and technologies that ensure the partnership is at the vanguard of modern, eco-friendly construction techniques.

Between them, the three housing associations own and manage around 20,000 homes in Hertfordshire. Together, they are joint-funding this position in a move to ensure further collaboration, driving forward joint procurement and targeting a net zero carbon output by 2050.

B3Living is working towards the completion of two large scale regeneration schemes by 2023 and is investigating off-site manufacturing to reduce build cost by at least 10% and improve productivity.

North Hertfordshire-based settle has committed to any new homes achieving EPC Band B as standard and is aiming for 25% of its properties to achieve an EPC Band B by 2030, greatly reducing its carbon output.

Watford Community Housing has forecast a spend of more than a £11m over the next nine years to ensure all of its properties meet EPC Band C energy efficiency requirements by 2030. It is also employing offsite manufacturing techniques and retrofitting numerous properties with External Wall Insulation to minimise the carbon footprint of its homes.

Commenting on the new opening, Steve Woodcock, Chief Executive of B3Living said: “We’re extremely excited about the joint sustainability role, not only to help us reach our environmental targets, but also as a mark of our commitment to collaborative work that will improve the wellbeing of residents across Hertfordshire. We’re looking for someone with technical skills and experience, but most importantly a passion for sustainability and the benefits it can bring to our communities. If that sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.”

The Sustainability Lead position is now open for applications.

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