Saffron case study at a national awards ceremony


Robert Ingram

Saffron Housing Trust’s Sustainability Team were celebrated for their role in fighting climate change at an awards ceremony last night.  

The team’s role in fitting 126 Saffron homes with energy-saving upgrades helped secure an Ashden Award for Energy Innovation for HACT (Housing Associations Charitable Trust), the charitable trust that created the scheme and supported us in rolling it out.  

Filming for this awards video took place in September at Saffron’s Manor Road homes in Long Stratton, where Planned Improvements Manager Paul Wilson and Tenant Liaison Officer Maria Deluca were interviewed.  

The Sustainability team were highly commended to DESNZ, the government Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, which manages the scheme, and have been recommended as a case study for other developers. 

Sustainability Project Lead Richard Egle said: “We are proud to have made such an improvement in the homes of tenants who volunteered for the scheme and look forward to retrofitting many more homes in the future.” 

In the video created for the Ashden Award, Robert Ingram, a Saffron tenant, discussed his experience of having his home upgraded. He said: “My house was retrofitted about five months ago. The house is more comfortable, warmer, no damp. If it’s better for me, it’s better for my dog… I just love him so much, that’s all it is.” 

Saffron’s Richard Egle added: “People are seeing real live data coming out, and seeing that their bills are coming down.” 

Ashden commented in their announcement that making UK homes energy efficient will make homes warmer, cut emissions, fight fuel poverty and create green jobs.  

If you want to hear more from tenants taking part in the scheme, you can watch Ashden’s video here:

If you want to find out more about having your house upgraded (also known as ‘retrofitted’) you can talk to our Sustainability Team by contacting 

Picture Copyright: Ashden Climate Solutions In Action