Village set for eco challenge

A TEES VALLEY company is helping an entire community take a 60% lower-carbon challenge.

A TEES VALLEY company is helping an entire community take a 60% lower-carbon challenge.

The Energy Saving Trust, based in Billingham, has chosen Middleton-in-Teesdale as one of just four green communities in England for its Green Communities Campaign and award-winning Stokesley firm Wall Transform will join a list of contractors helping turn the community into a low-carbon zone.

The project, in partnership with Community Energy Solutions (CES), will teach residents how to make their homes more energy efficient, including those living in properties with solid walls in off-gas areas.

Wall Transform recently won British Board of Aggregate (BBA) accreditation for its eco-friendly wall insulator made from recycled rubber tyres.

MD Glenn Melvin said: “The system we’ll be using for the Green Communities project performs a vapour barrier to protect the building further against condensation problems.

“We are very pleased the Energy Saving Trust has given us the opportunity to work on this project and we’re hoping it will lead to other things.”

Each property will receive tailored help with the cost of carbon reduction measures, including energy efficiency, micro-generation and water and waste reduction.

Steve Hunter, regional manager for the Energy Saving Trust, in the North-east, Yorkshire and Humberside, said “We are planning to identify and co-ordinate funding including existing local and regional grants and low cost financing options for householder contributions. Ultimately, the plan is that external funding will cover around two thirds of the total cost of any measures householders go on to take.”

Suppliers of biomass boilers and wood-burning stoves, heat pumps and smart meters as well as insulation installers including internal solid wall and loft insulation, are coming together for the Green Communities event today in Middleton.

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