KINGDOM Housing Association and its project partners have been named as Scotland’s ‘Green Heroes’ for 2012 in a national campaign to find Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities.
Kingdom competed against more than 500 other nominations and was presented with the two awards at the prestigious Green Apple Environmental Awards ceremony in Edinburgh Castle.
The housing association was awarded the Green Hero Award and also received a silver award for the Housing Innovation Showcase which was completed earlier this year, with 27 eco-friendly houses trialling new alternative methods of construction.
The Green Hero award was given in recognition of the ‘Kingdom House’ in Pittenweem, which is Scotland’s first affordable social rented property to achieve the Passivhaus accreditation.
Bill Banks, depute chief executive of Kingdom Housing Association, added: “We are very pleased to receive the award from The Green Organisation.
“We have incorporated a variety of features into both the Pittenweem and the Innovation projects and through monitoring and evaluating the performance we would hope to incorporate specific elements in future projects.”
The project at Pittenweem 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.
A £3 million development at Dunlin Drive in Dunfermline was a joint initiative by Kingdom Housing Association and Fife Council, who worked with other private and voluntary sector partners, to deliver the Housing Innovation Showcase
Charles Milne, chair of Kingdom Housing Association, said: “I am delighted that the hard work and commitment of all the partners and Kingdom’s staff, tenants and board members has been recognised by the Green Organisation.
“Kingdom is committed to using eco-friendly sustainable methods of construction and to battling fuel poverty.”