16 Nov 2009

Second Place in Prestigious Eco Award

Larkfleet Group has been highly commended in a prestigious industry award in recognition of its commitment to sustainable development.

Larkfleet Group took second place in the Sustainable Housebuilder of the Year category of Housebuilder magazine’s annual Housebuilding Innovation Awards.

Larkfleet Group was also nominated in the Sustainable Social Housing Contractor category of the Sustainable Housing Awards 2009, organised by Inside Housing magazine.

Over its six year history, Larkfleet Group through its subsidiaries Larkfleet Homes and FE Peacock has made environmentally friendly housing its focus.

To demonstrate to local authorities, architects and the local community how ‘green’ building technologies work, Larkfleet has built a demonstration house for view alongside its headquarters in Bourne. The timber-framed house shows how a three-bedroom home can be built to level 3 and level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The demonstration house is fitted with water-saving and energy-saving technologies including rainwater harvesting, an air source heat pump and solar panels.

Judges of the Sustainable Housebuilder of the Year category highly commended Larkfleet Group for its complete approach to sustainability that was described as being in a similar vein to winner of the category, Crest Nicolson. Judges also commented that it was good to see a regional housebuilder focusing on sustainability and getting its suppliers to support it.

Larkfleet’s headquarter offices are carbon neutral and it is working to cut energy use, recycle waste and promote environmentally friendly travel.

Last week the company took top position in the Peterborough Evening Telegraph Business Awards environmental achievement category. Larkfleet was competing with companies throughout the newspapers circulation area which includes the town of Bourne where Larkfleet is based.

Commenting on these latest successes for the company, Larkfleet managing director Karl Hick said: “We always aim to set the highest standards on sustainable housing and innovative building techniques, so we’re delighted that our efforts have been recognised with these high-profile award commendations.”

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