Glenrothes-based Kingdom Housing Association has bettered more than 500 other nominees by walking away with a Green Apple Environmental Award for its Kingdom House project in Pittenweem, Fife. This November the organisation will be presented with the prize at an awards ceremony held at the House of Commons.

The Kingdom House project, which is Scotland’s first affordable social rented property to achieve the Passivhaus accreditation, was built for Kingdom by Campion Homes and was funded by grant assistance from the Scottish Government as well as additional funding from Community Energy Scotland and the Renewable Construction Programme Fund.

As well as utilising sustainable building methods the house incorporates renewable energy technologies including solar thermal and solar photovoltaic panels.

Bill Banks, Depute Chief Executive at Kingdom said, “We are delighted to receive the award from The Green Organisation. We have incorporated various features into the Pittenweem project and through monitoring and evaluating the performance we would hope to incorporate specific elements in future projects.”

The Green Apple 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.

Kingdom will now be considered to represent Scotland in the European Business Awards for the Environment.