SuperHomes has picked up an award in the ‘Communicating’ category at this year’s Sustainable Energy Europe and ManagEnergy Awards, at a ceremony hosted by the European Commission in Brussels.
The UK network of 180 refurbished family homes, which have each achieved carbon reductions of at least 60%, saw off stiff competition from shortlisted rivals from elsewhere in the UK and across the EU. In total, the Awards held during Sustainable Energy Week 2014, brought together 30 finalists, shortlisted from over 340 entries. SuperHomes was one of the five entries considered by the judges in the Communicating category.
Gordon Glass of the National Energy Foundation collected the award on behalf of the SuperHomes Network. Speaking afterwards, Gordon said, “SuperHomes is a UK project with a positive message – that 5 star comfort and low carbon living are possible when we renovate old family homes with energy in mind. I collect this award on behalf of the 180 volunteer homeowners in the UK who are helping us spread this message so effectively. Each of them has renovated their home to produce a carbon saving of at least 60%. Their open days provide the proof it can be done.”
Other shortlisted projects in the Communicating category were:
- GreenChoice Warm Sweater Day – The Netherlands;
- Citizen Participation in Energy Efficiency Action – Croatia;
- Operation TLC – United Kingdom;
- Energy Bits – pan European.
In addition to the Communicating Award, other award categories included Learning, Consuming, Living, Travelling and the ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award.
Currently, there are c.180 SuperHomes in the UK. Ultimately, the ambition is to create a network of 500 SuperHomes, ensuring there is a SuperHome within a 15 minute drive of everyone across the UK.