Estate wins awards

Dormont Estate near Lockerbie has won a prestigious award at the Scottish Home Awards 2012 held in Glasgow last week for its development of eight new energy-saving rural homes.

Competing alongside nationally renowned architects, house-builders and developers, Dormont Estate won Rural Development of the Year, and picked up a highly commended award in the Environmental Excellence category, for the new homes available on long-term affordable rent. The judges described the homes as “an outstanding development which managed to blend a full spectrum of environmental credentials and deliver minimal heating costs for occupiers”.

Earlier in the week, in London, the development, which has been built to the exacting PassivHaus energy efficiency standard – an industry benchmark – won a Bronze Award in the Small Business category at the Green Apple Awards for Built Environment and Architectural Heritage.

Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland who recently visited the development, said: “Dormont Estate thoroughly deserves these awards for their PassivHaus development. I was really impressed by the standard and look of the houses as well as their energy efficiency. They clearly point the way to a future where fuel poverty is non-existent and I will be writing to ministers to ask that they consider funding more schemes like this in future, particularly in the affordable homes sector.”