Northamptonshire eco-homes up for European award

Keith Riddle of Velux, Heather Wheeler,MP, Jorgen Tang-Jensen of Velux Denmark, and architect Ben Derbyshire, at the official opening of the Velux 2020 model home in Rothwell, Northants., 10th August, 2011.'PHOTO � John Robertson, 2011.
Keith Riddle of Velux, Heather Wheeler,MP, Jorgen Tang-Jensen of Velux Denmark, and architect Ben Derbyshire, at the official opening of the Velux 2020 model home in Rothwell, Northants., 10th August, 2011.'PHOTO � John Robertson, 2011.

Two eco-homes in Rothwell are the only British project to be shortlisted for a European sustainability award.

Developer Velux’s two homes in Horse Fair Lane, Rothwell, have been shortlisted for the ‘Living’ category of the European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Europe Awards.

Velux managing director Keith Riddle said: “The award shortlist certainly puts Kettering on the map in Europe as the home of this pioneering project.”

Other projects the Velux homes are up against include the National Theatre in Prague and Kilbarrack fire station in Dublin as well as municipal planning systems such as Sant Cugat in Spain and Brussels-Capital Region in Belgium.

There were a total of 262 entries across five awards categories which also include ‘Communicating’, ‘Consuming’, ‘Learning’ and ‘Travelling’.

The winners will be announced in Brussels during Sustainable Energy Week on Tuesday, June 19.

Russell Roberts, leader of Kettering Council, said: “To be shortlisted in these prestigious awards is a great achievement for Velux and it further demonstrates the credibility of their ‘CarbonLight Homes’ concept.

“We were keen to work closely with Velux on this project because we could see the significance of the concept in terms of the benefits to sustainable housing, both in our borough and beyond.

“We wish them the best of luck at the awards.”