National Housing Innovation Award

In February 2015, SIG client, Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) scooped a National Housing Innovation Award for the ‘Most Innovative Refurbishment/Regeneration Project’.

The multi-million pound Alders Green project beat off stiff competition from the likes of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village.

Award judges commented that the most innovative part of this project, pictured below before and after the transformation, was the development of the Smart Energy Share solar system, which allows tenants to share generated energy. SIG smart energy share was developed in partnership with GGHT who have been endorsing the product since its inception. With no PV sharing system available on the open market, award judges recognised its capacity to benefit social housing residents especially those vulnerable families and individuals in danger of, or experiencing fuel poverty.

Cllr Kate Hannon, executive board member for leisure, community and culture at Warrington Borough Council, said: “Winning this award is a credit to all those who have been involved in bringing this scheme to life.”

Low Carbon Innovation Award

Since its formation, SIG and its products have been recognised for a number of environmental awards.

In 2013 SIG received a Low Carbon Innovation Award presented by the Midlands Environmental Business Company (MEBC), the regional branch of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD), in recognition of its ground-breaking achievements.

Last year SIG was awarded the Highly Commended title in recognition of producing new products and services to support sustainable development.

MEBC is a not-for-profit organisation with a remit to promote the business and economic benefits and opportunities of the implementation of sustainable development principles and the transformation to a Low Carbon society. The annual award presentations aim to celebrate SMEs who have excelled in contributing to the green economy in the Midlands.