Green Building Store is celebrating its Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development 2009 at a ceremony today (Wednesday October 7th 2009) at its HQ in Bolster Moor, Huddersfield. The Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe will be presenting the award to Green Building Store directors and staff at a ceremony which will also be attended by the Mayoress of Kirklees, Julie Stewart-Turner and Colne Valley MP Kali Mountford.
The event will mark the culmination of several exciting developments at Green Building Store including the official launch of Denby Dale Passivhaus low carbon project in West Yorkshire.The Denby Dale Passivhaus is currently being built by Green Building Store’s construction division – Green Building Company – and will be one of the first certified Passivhaus buildings in the UK and is expected to be the first to use traditional UK cavity wall construction. The Denby Dale Passivhaus will require minimal heating and will use 90% less energy for space heating than the UK average (15 kWh/m2/annum, as opposed to 150 kWh/m2/annum). Built to a tight budget of £140K, the 118m2 three-bed detached house aims to be an exemplar of how Passivhaus construction can be achieved inexpensively by a small, skilled construction team.Passivhaus design was first developed in Germany around 20 years ago and is popular in continental Europe but is still largely unknown in the UK. Instead of complicated design and expensive bolt-on renewables, Passivhaus design relies on a simple ‘tea cosy’ effect of maximising the use of super insulation and stringent airtightness. By combining this with passive solar gain and mechanical ventilation and heat recovery systems, Passivhaus design can create healthy and comfortable buildings that require minimal heating. Green Building Store believes Passivhaus design offers the most effective way the construction industry can respond to the urgent threat posed by climate change and is committed to providing the products and expertise to help facilitate its rapid adoption in the UK.
Green Building Store won its Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development 2009 earlier this year but will be receiving the award itself at a special ceremony and celebration today at its offices and workshops in the company of its 30 strong worksforce. The Queen’s Award recognises the role played by Green Building Store in developing the market for sustainable building products in the UK and its ‘pioneering approach to sustainability’. In addition to its new Passivhaus range, the company has pioneered sustainable practices in window manufacture with its Ecoplus range of timber windows and doors (made at its Heath House Mill workshops), and also offers leading edge water-saving products.Over the next few months Green Building Store will be launchng a DVD for architects and builders showing the detailed Passivhaus building techniques used to construct the Denby Dale Passivhaus. Regular fortnightly blogs of the construction of the Denby Dale Passivhaus are also being followed by BUILDING magazine (The Passivhaus Diaries) and can be found at: www.greenbuildingstore.co.uk/denbydalehouse
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