Housing association in drive for all stock to be at EPC band C by 2030

Stonewater has appointed an insider to newly created sustainability role as it aims for all its stock to hit energy performance certificate (EPC) band C within eight years.

Adam Masters

Adam Masters, assistant director of environment and sustainability, Stonewater

The 34,000-home housing association has announced that Adam Masters has been promoted to assistant director of environment and sustainability.

Masters has served at Stonewater for more than six years first as sustainability project manager and then as environmental sustainability manager. Between 2011 and 2016 he worked for housing association giant Guinness in retrofit and sustainability positions.

Stonewater last year outlined plans to ensure all its stock has an energy performance certificate (EPC) of at least band C by 2030, and as many homes as possible at EPC band B by 2040.

In addition to Masters’ appointment, Stonewater is also appointing six specialist sustainability business partners, looking at improving sustainability relating to development, customer experience, homes, finance, water efficiency and supply chain management.

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The Leicester-based housing association is also aiming to double its housebuilding programme to 1,500 homes year from this year. It built 671 homes in 2020/21 and 654 in 2019/20.

Stonewater, in joint bid with 65,000-home Guinness, was last year awarded £250m to build 4,180 homes through a strategic partnership with Homes England. The association also last September raised £250m through a green bond which it will use to build out a 6,250 development pipeline.