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Greenoak becomes founding Member of the new Pathfinder Network

GHA & NEF collaborate on new network for forward-thinking housing associations
 

Following on from the success of the Good Homes Alliance (GHA) Vanguard Campaign and Network, the GHA and the National Energy Foundation (NEF) have launched a new Pathfinder membership network for progressive housing associations.

The main aim of the network is to facilitate housing associations in adopting enhanced sustainability, quality, health and performance standards for new housing developments. As with the GHA Vanguard Network, this will be achieved via the sharing of learning and best practice, creation of new resources and guidance, and by conducting original research and demonstration projects.

The network runs alongside NEF’s revamped SuperHomes retrofit network, with members benefitting from a dual membership offer and sustainable development expertise for both new-build and existing housing stock. The SuperHomes network is set to be formally launched on 29th April and will deliver a tiered rating scheme for domestic retrofits on energy performance and comfort. To achieve a SuperHomes rating twelve months evaluation and monitoring will be required.

The network is kindly supported by six founder members - Abri, Aster Group, Greenoak, LiveWest, Raven Housing Trust and VIVID, who between them represent over 150,000 existing homes and 50,000 new homes to be developed in the next 10 years.

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The network met for a first ‘Member’s Meeting’ in February 2021 and has already started inputting into some important activities, such as the development of Model Employer’s Requirements for net zero and healthy homes.

During the next 12 months, the Pathfinder Network is seeking to grow throughout the UK, with the aim of recruiting 20-25 housing association members by the end of 2021.

For more information about the GHA Pathfinder Network and to get involved, please contact Julian Brooks, Programmes Director – julian@goodhomes.org.uk, 0330 355 6274.