Orbit is one of the UK’s largest housing associations. It owns and manages around 40,000 homes and has around 100,000 customers in the Midlands, East and South East regions, and parts of London. Orbit Homes, the development and sales arm of Orbit, specialises in building high-quality new homes across a range of tenures including affordable rent, private rent, shared ownership, market sale and independent living. Homes are built according to local need and consumer requirements, exceeding national design and build standards. Orbit delivers 1,500 new homes each year and strives to build 12,000 by 2020. Orbit is also the Help to Buy agent for the West and East Midlands – helping people get on the property ladder in a way that’s affordable.
John Barnham, Head of Projects and Planning at Orbit said:
“We are delighted to be members of the Sustainable Energy Association. We are in the business of building communities and to do this well we need to understand and work with customers, staff and a range of stakeholders including Government. Our membership of the SEA will allow us to benefit from the expertise of both its secretariat and its members, share our own expertise, and work together to shape policy development in areas that are important for our tenants, our business and the communities in which we work”.
Lesley Rudd, SEA Acting Chief Executive commented,
“I would like to welcome Orbit to the Sustainable Energy Association. With over 39,000 homes and around 100,000 customers Orbit is a great addition to our membership. The SEA develops solution focused policy proposals which take a whole house approach, and working with housing providers like Orbit will ensure that our proposals work for the people living in these homes. We look forward to working with policy makers to enhance existing policies and develop new ones to ensure our homes, buildings and communities are healthy and sustainable. Our technology agnostic, whole house approach aligns well with housing providers who, like the SEA, are focused on improving the quality and energy performance of homes and the heating systems within them to make those homes healthier places to live.”