Social housing repair and maintenance (R&M) is a significant activity for local authorities and Housing Associations. It’s logical, therefore, the R&M service must also be a key component of each organisation’s sustainability planning. The way in which services are planned and delivered can have a significant effect on the overall environmental impact and carbon footprint.
All are required to plan and deliver measurable reductions in CO 2 emissions. Sustainability is affecting just about every local authority policy area and social housing is often prominent among these.
The capabilities of R&M partners in managing carbon reduction and adopting environmentally sustainable methods will become increasingly important factors in procurement. At this point it is proven performance rather than goals and aspirations that are most meaningful, something CLM have been putting into practice since formation.
How can the delivery of R&M services make a difference?
The most significant long-term impact comes from the way that housing stock is managed. Improvements in energy efficiency, through the right equipment and service, as well as careful planning of upgrades, insuring most sustainable process.
Being less reactive also reduces the overall level of activity needed. More resources can be directed to improvements that will reduce emissions and cut residents’ bills rather than responding to problems and breakdowns. CLM provides part of the answer as it supports more effective planning as well as cutting operating costs that can be invested in improving the energy efficiency of the stock.
Sustainability in Action
The work of CLM is having a significant impact in improving sustainability and localism within social housing, healthcare and the public sector. Through providing low energy equipment, preventative maintenance solutions that reduce energy usage and our promotion of localism, all things that have formed part of our DNA since we were founded.
Using the most sustainable methods and materials is an important part of our commitment. For our R&M partnerships, we also use route planning software to minimise travelling distances and our policy of “local means local”, results in our staff living in the areas they work, insuring localism, reducing CO2s and serving local communities and their economies. We work hard to drive up our right-first-time repair rates to ensure those properties only need one visit from our operatives.
The significance of carbon reduction and sustainability will only increase in future, making the sustainability credentials of potential R&M partners even more important.
To find out more and how CLM can help your organisation become more sustainable, contact;