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Environmentally friendly upgrades for public buildings

Press Release: 01/10/2021

 

DecarbWORKS are taking place in public buildings across Tameside to help reduce their carbon footprint.

Tameside Council has successfully bid for £2.3m from the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to make environmentally friendly upgrades to a number of its sites.

Eleven buildings will benefit from the current phase of the scheme: Denton festival Hall; Hyde Town Hall; Audenshaw Primary School, Birch Lane Children’s Centre, Dukinfield;  George Lawton Hall, Mossley; Gorse Hall Primary School, Stalybridge; Greenside Children’s Centre, Droylsden; Hegginbottom Mill, Ashton; Hurst Knoll Primary School, Ashton; Loxley House, Dukinfield and; St Peter’s Children’s Centre, Ashton.

Sites were selected on various criteria including the age and performance of existing heating and lighting equipment, combined with a need for building interventions to make structures more energy efficient.

The type of works involved include air-source heat-pumps, solar-thermal and solar-PV energy panels, building management system upgrades, LED lighting, lighting controls, double and secondary glazing, pipe and loft insulation and heating system upgrades.

It’s estimated this current round of works across the eleven schemes, over their lifespan, equate to reducing the borough’s carbon footprint by 5000tonnes. This is the equivalent to the carbon saved by installing ten 15kW wind-turbines over their 20year lifespan.

A £218k programme of work has already started on Denton Festival Hall, this will include insulation in loft-spaces and in the plant-room, draft exclusion, double glazing, valves on radiators, LED lighting, a building management system service, improved metering and solar-PV with battery storage. Annual energy saving are projected to be approximately 48 tonnes of CO2e with associated annual financial savings from energy efficiency and renewable generation of £15,436.

While plans are also in place for £383k of works at Hyde Town Hall, including insulation and double glazing. This will save £21,425 in energy costs per annum. The carbon reduction is calculated at 107.65tonnes per annum.

The council hopes to secure additional funding for works to further buildings in the next round of the scheme.

Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Allison Gwynne, who is responsible for carbon reduction, said: “I’m delighted we’ve successfully bid for external funding for this work, which will have a real impact in reducing energy costs and carbon emissions at some of our key sites.

“This scheme forms part of our wider, ongoing work to reduce our environmental impact and tackle climate change. There are steps we can all takes as organisations and individuals, which will collectively make a difference in protecting our planet while also supporting a greener, healthier, more attractive borough to live and work in and keeping it safe for future generations.”

 

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