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South Tyneside green homes shortlisted for national award

19 March 2013 No Comment

A sustainable estate in South Tyneside has been nominated for a top national green award.

Sinclair Meadows, near the Laygate area, has beaten 300 other projects to get down to the last six in the Development of the Year (Small Schemes) category of the UK Housing Awards 2013.

The first ‘carbon negative’ housing development of its kind in the UK

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The initiative, which consists of 21 eco-friendly homes, is the first ‘carbon negative’ housing development of its kind in the UK, according to fitzarchitects.co.uk.

The timber eco-friendly buildings contain a number of green measures, such as solar panels for electricity, as well as a communal biomass boiler, which uses recycled wood chippings to provide heating and hot water. These measures mean that the buildings have some of the lowest energy costs in the country.

Housing development that would encourage a truly sustainable community

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Talking about the nomination, Paul Tanney, chief executive of the Four Housing Group, which is behind the development, told shieldgazette.com:

“We’re really pleased to have been shortlisted in the UK Housing Awards. The vision for Sinclair Meadows from the outset was to create a social housing development that would encourage a truly sustainable community.”

Houses in the development were even so sought-after that the 52 residents living in the two and three-bedroom homes even had to undergo auditions before they moved in, to check they followed an “eco-friendly lifestyle”.

Winners of the awards will be revealed on April 16th by ‘Great British Bake Off’ presenter Sue Perkins at a ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel.

Author: Samantha Bartlett    Date Written: 19 March 2013

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