Unveiling of eco-homes

Mayor Pat Allen, consort Robert Weeks, MD Chris Hopkins and coun Janet Battye, during the open day at new Ploughcroft eco houses, Corporation Street, Sowerby Bridge
Mayor Pat Allen, consort Robert Weeks, MD Chris Hopkins and coun Janet Battye, during the open day at new Ploughcroft eco houses, Corporation Street, Sowerby Bridge

Eco-roof specialist Ploughcroft invited home owners and businesses across the region to the opening of two newly renovated heritage homes in Sowerby Bridge.

Energy efficiency ratings for both houses - which were extensively renovated and insulated by Ploughcroft have significantly dropped, from an EPC rating of ‘F’ to a ‘C’, as a result of insulation measures alone, in turn significantly reducing their annual energy bills.

The event was officially opened by The Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Patricia Allen, in a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony, while Ploughcroft 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.”

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. ”