Hastoe in Green Apple Award Glory

22/08/2012
Hastoe has won a Green Apple Environment Award, for its Wimbish scheme, in the national campaign to find Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities.

Hastoe competed against more than 500 other nominations and will be presented with a Green Apple Award at a glittering presentation ceremony in the House of Commons on 12 November.

As a result of this success Hastoe has been invited to have its winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from its experience.

Hastoe will also be considered to represent their country in the European Business Awards for the Environment.

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries. The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising and promoting environmental best practice.

Judges for the Green Apple Awards are drawn from the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.

Hastoe Chief Executive, Sue Chalkley, comments:

“We are very pleased to have won a Green Apple award, which is a great accolade. We developed the first rural affordable homes in the UK and Wimbish, in Essex, is multi-award winning and has achieved Passivhaus certification.

“We are committed to developing homes to this high standard which provide a very real solution to the serious and growing problem of rural fuel poverty, whilst also protecting the climate. Winning this award is testament to the quality of our Passivhaus homes and the hard work of all involved.”

Chris Parsons, from Parsons + Whittley Architects, the architects for the Wimbish scheme, comments:

"We are really proud that the innovative Wimbish Passivhaus scheme has been recognised by The Green Apple Environment Award. The project for 14 certified Passivhaus units was challenging both technically and strategically and working with the dedicated development team at Hastoe Housing Association ensured that the attention to detail required by the methodology was carried right through the project. The post occupancy monitoring is demonstrating very real energy and fuel cost savings for the tenants and occupiers.”

The buildings were insulated below the concrete floor slabs with STYROFOAM insulation from Dow Building Solutions, a method which is becoming recognized as a highly effective way of insulating residential buildings.

“We’re continuing to see interest from architects and developers in building methods such as Passivhaus, but it requires a different way of thinking when it comes to maximizing the thermal performance of the building fabric,” says Matthew Dyke, Account Manager for Dow Building Solutions.   “Installing insulation below the slab helps to avoid thermal bridges at floor and wall junctions and makes the most of precious internal space.  It’s great to see the residents of this scheme benefiting from the forward thinking approach of people who are committed to creating a blueprint for more sustainable construction.”

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