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Sustainability

The sustainable development of housing and support services in Peter McVerry Trust is an important element of our work. As a national housing and homeless charity, and an Approved Housing Body, we recognise our responsibility to ensure the environmental sustainability of our activities.

In light of this, we have committed to consistently reviewing and progressing actions to reduce our carbon footprint.

As members of the Irish Green Building Council, Irish Council for Social Housing and a Supporting Organisation of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, our goal is to;

  • work collaboratively and efficiently to improve the energy efficiency of our building stock,
  • make the best possible use of our outdoor spaces in terms of biodiversity and conservation, and
  • work to decarbonise our energy sources and transport fleet.

As part of our Strategic Plan 2021-2025, we are committed to ensuring on-going sustainable organisational development. This includes reviewing and progressing actions to improve the environmental sustainability of our activities in light of the global climate emergency.

Our housing

Peter McVerry Trust is Ireland’s leading advocate for action on empty homes, derelict sites and underused spaces. The reusing and repurposing of old and vacant buildings increases our housing supply, tackles dereliction and revives urban centres. It also creates a smaller carbon footprint.

 

New Street South is a great example of Peter McVerry Trust reusing vacant sites for the purposes of social housing. The scheme is our first brownfield project and developed a long-term, vacant DCC site to deliver eight high quality housing units comprised of five one-bed apartments and three two-bed apartments.

 

The property was built to the highest energy efficiency standards, with a green roof and top-quality building materials and insulation. This resulted in cheaper energy costs for our tenants, and less carbon emissions into the environment.

Our services

Peter McVerry Trust’s Learning Centres work with young people who cannot access mainstream education due to a number of circumstances. This year, students in our Learning Centres are looking forward to growing their own vegetables.

 

In collaboration with GIY, classes will learn about the care and commitment needed to produce food and the importance of not wasting it. They will also engage in the growing of pollinator-friendly flowers and herbs to learn about pollinators and their vital role in producing our food.

 

This learning is inspired by the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan and forms part of our efforts to make our outdoor spaces more pollinator friendly.

Research

We are currently working alongside Arup, a global leader in engineering, on a general carbon and sustainability assessment of our housing stock. This will inform more environmentally sustainable decisions going forward.

 

A focused investigation into repurposed or retrofitted buildings will also enable us to calculate total carbon savings generated through the reuse of vacant and derelict buildings. We are looking forward to publishing the results of this research in Q4 of 2022.

Partners

We’re working with a number of partners across Ireland to achieve our sustainability goals.

Reusing empty homes

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