ESSEX based housing association, CHP, has won a prestigious gold Green Apple trophy for its pioneering zero-carbon development, Green Space.
Established in 1994, the Green Apple Awards for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage are dedicated to “recognising and promoting environmental best practice.”
Independent Green Apple award judges* awarded Green Space,a former CHP garage site in Mendip Place, Chelmsford, Essex, the top prize for the most ‘environmentally friendly housing association project’.
The development- which received a code level-six rating under the governments Code for Sustainable Homes* - has been regenerated to provide ten properties, four one-bedroom apartments and six two and three-bedroom homes for social rent.
Offering residents a fully sustainable lifestyle, Green Space uses a biomass boiler fuelled by wood pellets, rainwater harvesting systems to lower water usage, high-levels of thermal insulation and triple glazed windows to reduce heat loss along with roof mounted photovoltaic panels to generate on-site electricity - allowing residents to sell it back to the national grid if there is a surplus.
Green Space– which was built in partnership with contractor McCann Homes, Chelmsford Borough Council, development agent Flagship Housing Group, the Homes and Communities Agency, chartered surveyors Oxbury and Company, architects Ingleton Wood and renewables consultant, SolarTech Ltd – also provides residents with access to recycling bins and composting areas to lower their household waste.
CHP Development and Regeneration Manger, Carl Hockey, collected the Green Apple trophy from the inventor of the wind up radio – Trevor Bayliss O.B.E. – at an awards ceremony at the University of Westminster in London.
Carl Hockey said: “It is fantastic that we have won a gold trophy and that all our hard work and efforts in making Green Space an environmentally friendly development have been recognised by independent judges. We hope that the Green Apple award is the first of many for Green Space.”
"We are delighted to have been involved with this prestigious project and to have provided pioneering multi-technology renewable energy solutions, which not only meet the requirements of Code six, but also take into consideration whole life energy costs, efficiency, measurability of energy used and ease of operation for the tenants," said Shaun Taylor, Managing director of SolarTech Ltd.