Thursday, December 23, 2010

News: Bramall helps Rotherham residents benefit from retrofit


Rotherham residents have become some of the first in the country to benefit from thousands of pounds worth of eco-friendly refurbishment works, thanks to 2010 Rotherham and Bramall Construction.

Six council homes in Wath Road, Brampton Bierlow have been given an overhaul in order to improve their energy efficiency and drastically reduce carbon emissions, as part of a government pilot project.

Work carried out on the six properties has included improvements to insulation, using sustainable products such as paper and wood fibre, and the installation of photovoltaic panels and solar thermal tubes to generate electricity and hot water.

Residents have also benefitted from technology including mechanical ventilation systems, which greatly improves air quality, and high performance double and triple glazed windows.

Residents Shirley and Melvyn Dalton, who have lived in their home for 38 years, said: "We have already noticed a real difference with the heating and level of noise. It's almost like having a new home! We're looking forward to seeing how much of a difference the work will make to our energy bills, particularly during the winter months."

Funding for the £150,000 project came from the £17m "Retrofit for the Future" competition, which was launched by the Technology Strategy Board in early 2009 with the aim of bringing existing housing up to excellent environmentally friendly standards by reducing carbon emissions by 80%.

The project in Brampton is one of 86 that received funding to showcase innovative, environmentally sustainable housing. Bramall was the only contractor in Yorkshire to be selected.

Neil Baxter, Managing Director at Manvers-based Bramall, said: "We are delighted to have been involved in the delivery of this programme in the town.

"It's great that Rotherham is leading the way when it comes to ensuring that its existing housing contributes towards meeting the Government's carbon emissions reduction targets."

2010 Rotherham's Interim Chief Executive Graham Eades said: "The six Brampton Bierlow homes were chosen as the style is typical of the majority of Council properties. Following the completion of our Decent Homes programme this month, we are committed to ensuring that homes are kept to decency, and this includes keeping properties free from damp with efficient heating systems. This scheme will go a long way to trialling new ways to do this."

Bramall are working to make retrofit projects affordable and are already pioneering sustainable new build properties. They are already building zero carbon homes to Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes for less than £130,000 and have worked on one of the UK's largest zero carbon developments in Slough, Berkshire.

Bramall recently become a founder member of the Passivhaus Trust and is working on site to build what are thought to be the first rural Passivhaus accredited homes in the UK at Wimbish, Essex.

Rotherham 2010 website
Bramall Construction website



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