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British Ceramic Tile teams up with Empty Homes to bring properties back to life
Renowned tile manufacturer and distributor, British Ceramic Tile, has teamed up with independent charity Empty Homes, to breathe new life into uninhabitable houses throughout the UK.
Over 500 square metres of surplus wall and floor tiles have been donated to the charity Empty Homes with the aim of creating more homes for local people. The tiles have been distributed to councils, housing co-operatives and associations across the country and will be used to transform inhabitable homes into liveable spaces for people in the surrounding community.
Tony Taylor, British Ceramic Tile's Chief Executive, says: "This latest charitable project is an extension of our commitment to supporting local communities and strengthening our links with housing-related charities. There is a shocking number of families on housing waiting lists and we wanted to do all that we could do to help Empty Homes provide those in need with a roof over their head."
Reusing empty homes is not only less expensive than building new ones, there are also many added environmental benefits. Recent research by Empty Homes found that renovation of an empty house creates about a third of the CO2 emissions when compared to building a new house.
"Eco awareness and recycling have never been more important than in today's tough climate," continues Tony. "With Empty Homes in desperate need of supplies and our excess stock, the link up was an ideal partnership for both of us. Donating surplus tiles is a simple and efficient way to recycle, helps improve our waste management procedures and supports a great cause all at the same time."
Shashi Ioannides, Communications Manager at Empty Homes, says: "We are extremely grateful for British Ceramic Tile's kind donation and all of us at Empty Homes would like to extend a huge thank you. Their generosity has helped us transform many empty properties into homes for those who really need housing."
To date, British Ceramic Tile has donated tiles to Keyhouse, Habitat for Humanity, Hornbeam Housing Cooperative, Somerset Care and Repair, Start Again CIC and Stoke City Council.
17th January 2014