On Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th January, Ploughcroft invited homeowners and businesses across West Yorkshire to the opening of two newly renovated heritage Eco-Homes in Sowerby Bridge, for the opportunity to learn about the latest in energy efficient home improvements.
If you have been following our case study of the major renovation project, you will know that that the energy efficiency ratings for both houses – which were extensively insulated – have significantly dropped from an EPC rating of ‘F’ to a ‘C’. This is thanks to insulation measures alone and, as a result, has significantly reduced the properties’ annual energy bills.
The event was officially opened by The Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Patricia Allen, who cut the green ribbon to the homes in a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony; while our founder, Chris Hopkins, was on hand to answer questions around home energy efficiency measures and help educate the public about the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.
Energy and Climate Change Minister, Amber Rudd, said: “These two energy efficient heritage homes provide the local community with a great example of what can be done to help save money on bills and stay warm this winter. Through the Green Deal and ECO, we’re helping households across the country become more energy savvy and improve the energy efficiency of their homes. I hope this showcase encourages even more people to get on board.”
Visitors were able to tour the Eco-Houses, seeing the energy efficiency measures in place, with a representative from Celotex, the leading thermal insulation manufacturer, on hand to offer information and guidance on the types of insulation used in the properties.
Mayor Patricia Allen commented:
I am honoured to have the opportunity to officially open these homes, which are a first of their kind for Yorkshire. Never before have two 100-year-old Yorkshire stone houses been insulated with such impressive energy savings; having reduced their Energy Performance Certificate ratings from an F to a C. The houses are really impressive and a great example of energy efficiency in Calderdale Valley.
About the homes
The houses, no. 14 & 16 on Corporation Street, were built over 100 years ago and have not been occupied since the 1930s, but had fallen into disrepair after the rest of the street was condemned, and demolished in 1940. Now, thanks to Ploughcroft, the buildings have been restored to their former glory, providing two ‘heritage’ dwellings, across three floors, with the extra benefits of modern high-tech energy efficiency measures including internal wall insulation and room-in-a-roof insulation. This approach will ensure the properties not only benefit from reduced energy bills but retain their original charm.
The homes, which are now based in a sought-after conservation area of Sowerby Bridge, will prove the perfect dwellings for families or couples in the area and are soon to be used as rental properties in the coming months.
Chris Hopkins, Managing Director at Ploughcroft, commented: “The homes are a Yorkshire first, and through using revolutionary energy saving materials embedded into the fabric of the floors, walls, and roofs of these historic buildings we have cut the heating requirement by 66%, the equivalent to £900 per year.
“The open day has enabled us to prove to the general public, councillors, MP’s, schools and colleges that beyond any doubt we are at a huge turning point in energy efficiency; we are now able to deliver huge energy savings in old cold properties across the whole of the UK, making them more economically viable and sustainable.”