The Early Excellence Centre building, in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, is based in the old Outlane School building and is over 120 years old.
The building is set high in the Pennines near Scapegoat Hill and at 1,200ft above sea level often gets a battering every winter from the gales from the Pennine hills.
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 coloured 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 to keep the red ridge tiles eye catching.
When we opened up the roof we were shocked to find 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.