Innovations: Scheme that helps tenants to go green
Kent housing association MHS Home Group set up a sustainable development team in March 2003 with charity Forum for the Future to ensure that all aspects of its business are environmentally friendly. Since then it has used recycled and sustainable materials to build homes incorporating low-energy technology, including energy-efficient heating systems and heavy insulation to reduce both CO2 emissions and bills. The company also runs litter collection and recycling projects, a 'walking bus' to safely escort children to school without using cars, and eco-advice and information services for tenants. It has distributed 28,000 energy-saving light bulbs, installed water-saving 'dual-flush' toilets, and is running a fuel efficiency drive with British Gas. MHS sustainable development coordinator Laura Rai answers our panel's questions.