Eco-housing award nod

Paul Hudson at the launch of Park Dale in Airedale
Paul Hudson at the launch of Park Dale in Airedale
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AN eco-friendly housing development in Airedale has been shortlisted for an environmental accolade.

The Park Dale project – built by Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) – could scoop a gong for its zero carbon features at the Housing Innovation Awards 2012.

WDH is up against four other finalists fighting it out to snap up the most innovative affordable housing scheme award when winners are announced on March 1.

Kevin Dodd, WDH chief executive, said: “We are extremely proud of the Park Dale development, not just because of its groundbreaking environmental features but also because of the extremely positive impact the project has had on the local community.

“Being shortlisted for this award is recognition in itself for everything that the Park Dale development has achieved so far.”

The £12m energy-saving estate – officially launched last November by BBC weatherman Paul Hudson – cuts tenants’ energy bills by 40 per cent.

The 91 eco-homes have solar panels, heat ventilation systems, triple glazed windows, highly insulated walls and water recycling units, and are designed to be as energy efficient as possible.

The houses are rented out at the affordable housing rate set by the government – 80 per cent of the market price – and have been built to the government’s highest standard in the Code for Sustainable Homes, making Park Dale estate the largest “zero carbon” social housing project in the UK.

Mr Dodd said: “WDH is very proud to have created the UK’s largest zero carbon social housing development. In addition to the creative look of the homes, they offer fantastic savings on energy bills.”