Choice recognises that our activities have an environmental impact and we have put measures in place to manage that impact.
Choice manages some of the most energy efficient homes in Northern Ireland with an average EPC Energy Efficiency Rating of around 76 (Band C), compared to the Northern Ireland average of 60 (Band D). We continue to carry out improvements every year, with measures including; insulation upgrades, replacement windows and doors, heating replacements and lighting upgrades.
In recent years we have also invested in Solar Panels to generate electricity at some of our sheltered housing schemes, and as a result were recognised as the “National Green Champion” for Ireland at the 2015 Green Apple Awards.
Choice develops new homes to exceptionally high standards and in recent years has delivered some of the most energy efficient schemes in the country, including the first certified social housing passive house scheme in Ireland and the first housing development in Northern Ireland built to Level five of The Code for Sustainable Homes. Our Code Level Five Housing Scheme was recognised at the 2018 CIBSE Building Performance Awards as the Residential Project of the Year in the UK.
We can all make small changes to how we live to reduce energy costs and our impact on the environment. Some tips are as follows:
Further information is available from the energy section of our website, with an energy booklet available to download along with various guides in relation to ventilation and heating controls.
If you have storage heaters in your home then the Energy Saving Trust in Scotland have produced this helpful video on how to use them.
Choice have an energy management team who may be able to provide further support on energy efficiency, using heating controls and comparing energy providers. For more information please contact us on 0300 111 2211 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org