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Green and clean

Posted on 21 May 2021

Flagship Group is embracing a greener, cleaner approach to its homes and its business. 

Flagship Group’s green initiative is identifying simple ways it can make a big difference, as part of the housing association’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact. 

“40% of UK emissions come from households, which means our homes have an important part to play in combating climate change. Becoming environmentally conscious means changing our daily behaviours at every level; thinking about recycling, how we use energy, and how we use water in our homes,” explained Megan Gonsalves, Flagship’s Energy and Sustainability Manager. 

To meet the UK’s climate change targets, Flagship, like other housing associations, must ensure all of its homes are an EPC band C by 2030 and are carbon net zero by 2050. 

“The most effective way to reduce our carbon emissions, and save customers money, is to improve the energy efficiency of our homes. Our focus over the past few years has been improving our least energy efficient homes through a fabric first approach,” Gonsalves said. 

“Since March 2020, we’ve installed a number of energy efficiency measures in our homes. This includes loft, cavity wall, external wall and underfloor insulation and 400 renewable heating systems. 

Flagship also hopes to introduce more car charging points for electric and hybrid vehicles and have recently begun researching the use of grey water systems, which will help it save more drinking water in the future.