The Early Excellence Centre building, in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, is based in the old Outlane School building and is over 120 years old.
This building, high in the Pennines near Scapegoat Hill and at 1,200ft above sea level, gets regular batterings from the gales of the Pennine hills every winter.
It now houses the Early Excellence Centre for Inspirational Learning which is a provider of specialist Early Years resources and furniture and offers a range of training services for aspiring Early Years professionals and practitioners.
Because of the age and history of the building, we wanted to keep it looking as original as possible and keep the original features. To do this we reused the original slates of the Early Excellence Centre to retain the look and feel of the old school building. However, on the internal valleys of the roof, we removed the original slates and replaced with grey concrete tiles instead, as these cannot be seen from ground level. We used these slates around the parameter to maintain the old look. We also used red mortar dye for eye-catching red ridge tiles.
When we opened up the roof we found that, shockingly, there was no insulation. We therefore installed 150mm of Kanuf rafter roll into the roof void area (where access allowed) which will help to cut the heating costs. The heat loss value of the roof before we started (or U value) was 2.3 WM2k; when finished it was 0.41 WM2K – so nearly six times better at saving energy.
By replacing the roof and adding insulation, The Early Excellence Centre is not only better prepared for this winter, but will also save money on their bills. You can find out more about how you can save energy in your home and workplace by reading our fantastic Energy Saving blog posts.