Going green nets Kingdom gold

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A FIFE housing association had won a national award for its work in Pittenweem.

Kingdom Housing Association picked up a Green Apple Environmental Award in a campaign to find Britain’s Greenest companies, councils and communities.

It competed against more than 500 other nominations and will be presented with the award at a glittering ceremony in the House of Commons on November 14.

The award is specifically for the association’s Kingdom House in Pittenweem (pictured left), which is Scotland’s first affordable social rented property to achieve the Passivhaus accreditation, which rates buildings on their energy performance.

Kingdom’s depute chief executive Bill Banks said: “We are delighted to receive the award from The Green Organisation. We have incorporated various features into the Pittenweem project and through monitoring and evaluating the performance, we would hope to incorporate specific elements in future projects.”

The property was built for Kingdom by Campion Homes using the Scotframe Supawall System and local Fife based consultants Oliver & Robb, SBA and Hardies were the designers of the project.

The Scottish Government provided Kingdom with grant assistance to develop the venture.

Additional funding was obtained from Community Energy Scotland and the Renewable Construction Programme Fund.

As a result of its success, Kingdom will also be considered to represent Scotland in the European Business Awards for the Environment.