'Kingdom House' chosen as national green champion : East Fife Mail : 30 Nov 2011
Tuesday, 10th January 2012
A PIONEERING eco-friendly house built by Kingdom Housing Association in the East Neuk has been selected as the National Green Champion for Scotland.
The award for the demonstration ‘Kingdom House’ in Pittenweem was announced at the 2011 National Green Apple Environment Awards Ceremony which was held in London at the House of Commons.
The three-bedroom, energy efficient, detached family home was built using a very highly insulated modern timber panel system which was fabricated in the factory, with pre-installed windows and doors.
The house structure was erected on site in just one day. The specification includes, solar panels for hot water, photo voltaic panels which generate electricity and an air source heat pump to power the under floor heating.
Bill Banks, depute chief executive with Kingdom, said: “The Green Apple Awards have been running since 1994 and are very well established. To win a Green Apple Award is excellent recognition and to be awarded as a National Green Champion is a terrific accolade.”
The Pittenweem house was the first social rented house in the UK to achieve the Passivhaus accreditation and was designed by Oliver & Robb Architects. Builders Campion Homes used the Scotframe Closed Panel System to build the house. Other consultants involved as part of the partnering team included SBA Engineers and Hardies.
The Green Apple Awards are judged by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institute for Waste Management and other independent bodies. The awards recognise and promote environmental best practice.
Success at the Environment Awards also means Kingdom will be considered to represent Scotland in the European Built Environment Awards.