Cruden goes for gold with sustainability recognition

CRUDEN Homes has announced it has become only the second housebuilder in the UK to achieve a NextGeneration Project Gold Award from the NextGeneration Initiative.

The award applies to the design stage of Cruden’s Barnton Avenue West development in Edinburgh, which has been recognised for exceeding mandatory sustainability standards across a range of environmental and social issues.

The Barnton Avenue West project is an age-exclusive development for people aged 55 and over. All 48 homes are heated through a ground source heat pump solution. The properties also have ‘superior’ thermal comfort built in from taking a fabric first approach, Cruden explained.

A centralised mechanical extract ventilation system will pull a continuous supply of fresh air from trickle vents in windows to provide cross ventilation throughout the homes.  Daylight levels have been enhanced by using larger than average windows.

To achieve Gold Award status, sustainable measures need to be demonstrated at every stage in the build process and Cruden Homes revealed it has ensured that from the outset of building, more than 90% of construction, demolition and excavation waste will be diverted from landfill.

Cruden Group MD Steven Simpson said, “Together with our joint venture partners, Housing Growth Partnership, we are delighted to be recognised as a pioneering leader in the UK home building industry by achieving the NextGeneration Project In Design Gold Award. Delivering quality housing developments with a firm focus on greener, environmentally friendly community-driven developments with energy saving at its heart has never been so important.”

Scored independently by Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) and launched in 2006, the NextGeneration Initiative recognises the UK’s most sustainable housebuilders.

Iona Deacon, associate at JLL, added, “Congratulations to Cruden Homes on their Barnton Avenue West development achieving the second NextGeneration Project In Design Gold Award in the UK. The NextGeneration Initiative provides assessment services for all homebuilder sizes, to help them address the increasing sustainability scrutiny from policymakers, investors and homebuyers, considering a holistic array of sustainability issues including environmental and social impacts.”