Affordable housing scheme battle for environmental award
A social housing scheme could be in line for a prestigious award for its green credentials, greenbuildingpress.co.uk reports.
Largest zero-carbon housing development in the UK
The Park Dale project is a set of 91 homes in Airedale billed as the largest zero-carbon housing development in the UK. Completed in November last year, the project is already winning accolades; gaining a nomination in the Housing Innovation Awards for 2012.
Each of the two, three and four-bedroom homes is equipped with a number of carbon-reducing facilities. These include external cladding, solar panelling that can sell energy back to the national grid, heat recovery systems, “air tightness” facilities and grey water recycling.
Those living on the development can expect their energy bills to fall by around 40 per cent, with landlords seeing return from the surplus energy sold back to the grid.
Most innovative housing scheme award
Park Dale is nominated in the ‘Most innovative housing scheme award’ and the winner will be announced on March 1st.
Speaking to pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk about the nomination, Wakefield and District Housing’s chief executive, Kevin Dodd, explained:
“We are extremely proud of the Park Dale development, not just because of its groundbreaking environmental features, but also because of the extremely positive impact the project has had on the local community.”
“Being shortlisted for this award is recognition in itself for everything the Park Dale development has achieved so far.”