Refurbishing old buildings and developing a mounting system for solar panels were just two of the environmentally-friendly actions that helped the Alumet Group top the table this year

Cut the Carbon award

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The Alumet Group

One of the most respected specialist contractors in the UK, the Alumet Group has secured its reputation as one of the leading providers of sustainable facades and has excelled in completing a wide range of projects with low carbon technologies at the forefront. Last year the firm developed its own BritSol mounting system for solar panels, which caters for both the commercial and domestic markets. The firm offers facade refurbishments to old buildings, removing the need to demolish and rebuild, and recently completed a £3.5m project for Lovell Partnerships in Sheffield, which involved the refurbishment of a post-war apartment block. The judges particularly praised the contractor’s “strong vision” and “excellent training schemes”.

Runners up

Alliance Homes

This social enterprise provides affordable homes and a range of services to its tenants, including support services and installing PV panels. Working across the west of England, Alliance Homes has made reducing energy bills and meeting carbon reduction requirements a priority.

Monmouthshire Housing

Since it was formed in 2008, Monmouthshire Housing (MHA) has embraced the green agenda. Following a £50m programme of capital investment, with £13m spent on green initiatives, MHA cut the carbon emissions from its homes by 28% - well over its aim of a 20% reduction.

Morris Homes

One of the UK’s largest privately owned housebuilders, Morris Homes is committed to delivering eco-friendly developments. Over 90% of its developments are on brownfield sites, with existing buildings transformed into well-designed, energy-efficient housing developments.

Red Engineering Design

Red Engineering Design was founded on the principle of low energy, carbon-cutting design that is innovative yet practical. The firm has delivered on these principles and reduced energy use across a range of projects, including the most energy efficient data centre in the world.

Rider Levett Bucknall

Consultant Rider Levett Bucknall has put sustainability at its core with the launch of its Responsible Management service, which helps clients save money, increase profit and reduce carbon emissions. This service analyses an organisation’s performance and impacts.