Green development in Algarve takes gold

AlmaVerde Village & Spa has picked up three top awards at the Overseas Property Professional Awards for Excellence 2010 ceremony, held in London between October 14 and 16.

The tourism development in the western Algarve near Vila do Bispo won in both the Best Innovation and Best Eco Development categories while also being placed as runner up in the Best Developer – Portugal and Madeira class.

The innovative Coolhouse system was behind the Best Innovation award. This eco-friendly system brings cool air into properties during the summer months and stabilises internal temperatures using 94 percent less energy than conventional  air-conditioning systems.

The judges said: “The Coolhouse system is very relevant to our environmentally friendly times in terms of ecological benefits and sustainable nature.  The idea appeals not only to responsible purchasers but also takes full notice of imminent legislative changes.”

Praise for the development in general was also given by the judges: “AlmaVerde Village & Spa is a great eco development, not only from an environmental perspective, but also from the perspective of its home owners.  The environmental impact of the buildings themselves is the focus of the development’s green credentials.”