An energy and heating system which cuts fuel bills for residents and reduces greenhouse gases has been awarded a top UK award.
The district heating scheme at the Cube Housing Association homes in the Wyndford estate in Glasgow has been hailed by industry experts.
The system provides low-cost heating and hot water to more than 1,500 tenants and around 300 owners. It is one part of a £27million regeneration of the estate.
SSE Enterprise Utilities, which was selected by Cube to design, build and operate the system, picked up the prestigious prize at the Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) Awards for their work at Wyndford.
Cube Chair Liz Ruine said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Cube’s investment in our heating and hot water system has been recognised as an industry leader.
“The estate has been transformed with tenants and homeowners not only cutting their fuel bills but also doing their bit for the environment.”
The heating engine and new insulation on the homes saves around 7,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year – the equivalent to flying more than 3.5million miles in an aeroplane.
The locally produced heat and insulation from the overcladding reduces the cost of heating homes by an average of 25 per cent.
SSE Director of Development Scotland, Calum Wilson, said: “We are extremely proud the scheme has been recognised with this prestigious award and we look forward to continuing the success of the scheme for residents, Cube and SSE for many years to come.”
Glasgow City Council Leader Gordon Matheson, who is Chair of Sustainable Glasgow, joined officials from SSE, Cube and parent company Wheatley Group to mark the award.
Councillor Gordon Matheson said: “It is always pleasing to see a project in Glasgow receive recognition, and all the more so when it is an award given against competition from across the UK. However, what is more important is the benefit this system brings to the residents.
“We were delighted to play a role in this project, one that points the way forward for housing developments across the city.”
President of the CHPA, Lord Risby, praised SSE for the development at Wyndford. He said: “The judges felt this to be an outstanding project, which has made a real difference to the lives of the community in which it is situated.”