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Edinburgh’s The Quarries among green housing nomination shortlist

6 September 2011 No Comment

A housing development in Scotland has been shortlisted for a sustainable housing award.


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The Quarries is a £7 million development in Gilmerton, part funded by Edinburgh County Council. It was set up to provide accommodation for 58 elderly residents and benefits from some of the most state-of-the-art eco-friendly technology on the market.

Sustainable construction

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The building boasts wall cladding, kits and windows from FSC-certified forests, recycled flooring, non-toxic paint, under-floor heating, photovoltaic roof panels and a communal gas-fired heating system. It also features a solar corridor where air to heat the flats is warmed naturally by the sun, news.scotsman.com reports.

Shortlisted for Sustainable Larger Housing Project of the Year

Now, in recognition of the building’s green credentials, it has been recognised in the shortlist for the Sustainable Larger Housing Project of the Year at the annual UK Sustainable Housing Awards.

The ceremony, which is set to take place at London’s Hilton Hotel on October 21, should attract over 600 guests from all over the UK in the hope of wining one of the coveted awards. The ceremony itself will be presented by comedian and environmental campaigner Marcus Brigstocke.


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Improve energy efficiency

Speaking of the need for the Quarries development, Edinburgh Councillor Paul Edie told treehugger.com: “The council and other public bodies have demanding targets to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency.

“The Quarries is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when local authorities work with the private sector.”

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