23 November 2021

Octavia achieves SHIFT Gold sustainability accreditation


Octavia has achieved ‘Gold’ accreditation in our recent SHIFT (Sustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow) assessment, a sustainability standard specifically for the housing sector, in recognition of our commitment to sustainability.

Octavia achieved SHIFT Gold with a score of 57.04, ranking us 10th out of the 40 most recent UK housing providers to be assessed.

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The SHIFT report provides an independent assessment of Octavia’s sustainability performance from 1 April 2020 - March 31 2021, and spans 21 environmental criteria including CO2 emissions, energy and resource use, transport and travel, resident engagement, climate risk, biodiversity and responsible sourcing, to provide a comprehensive overview of Octavia’s environmental footprint. 

Key highlights from the SHIFT report show: 

  • Octavia have scored 15 out of 15 for our Sustainability Strategy, which includes a range of ambitious and smart targets, aimed at making homes warmer and reducing our environmental footprint. 
  • Over 69% of our homes are rated EPC C or above, with over 98% rated EPC D or above. Given the older age and location of our stock, which are difficult to retrofit, this is a strong score. We retrofitted 141 homes in the last year with external wall insulation (EWI) and new windows. 
  • Low carbon emissions from our head office due to the 20kWp solar array which provides green energy. Heat is provided from a heat pump system installed on our roof. 
  • 59% of materials used for maintenance are responsibly resourced. We scored 7th out of the 40 most recent UK housing providers to be assessed. 

You can read a full copy if the Octavia report here:

Octavia SHIFT Report 2021