From Greensleeves to Green Energy

From Greensleeves to Green Energy

British Gas Rockwool partnership

1 October 2009

British Gas and Rockwool install insulation in Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London and Kensington Palace

 

Three of Britain’s most iconic and best-loved palaces are getting a green makeover through a rigorous insulation project which will be installed by British Gas and Rockwool.

After these historic buildings, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace’s Orangery and the Tower of London’s Queen’s House, have been properly insulated they will cut a combined £130,000 from their gas bills and reduce their CO2 emissions by 850 tonnes over the lifetime of the insulation. 

In total, nearly 4500 square meters of the three palaces will be covered by insulation – the equivalent of 100 average semi-detached houses.  11,000 rolls of insulation will be required for the project which will take around 1000 hours to complete.  

Hampton Court Palace, the former 16th Century residence of King Henry VIII, will be the focus for nearly 80% of the work with over 3,500 square meters of the palace, being insulated.  The Queen’s House at the Tower of London, built in 1530 for Anne Boleyn (King Henry VIII’s second wife) and Queen Anne’s early 18th century Orangery at Kensington Palace will also feel the warmth of this initiative.

The palaces, managed by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, are probably the oldest former royal residences to be insulated and will require unique expertise to install insulation in rafters which are over 500 years old.

Michael Day, Chief Executive of Historic Royal Palaces, said:

“These great palaces have stood the test of time over hundreds of years. Today we must make sure they are suitable for a new low carbon future.  This project, generously supported by British Gas and Rockwool, will not only make some of Britain’s most important buildings more environmentally sound, but will also deliver significant and ongoing savings to our energy bills which is invaluable to us as a self-funded charity. Protecting the environment and making savings to charitable expenditure will further enable us to ensure these palaces and their wonderful stories will be here for future generations to enjoy.”

Insulation can also make a dramatic difference to more modern homes.  Nearly £1 in every £4 spent heating UK homes is wasted due to poor energy efficiency yet loft insulation can cut £150 off energy bills and cavity insulation can cut £115.  British Gas offers free loft and cavity-wall insulation to people over 70 and on income or disability-related benefits. 

Jon Kimber, Managing Director of British Gas New Energy, said:

“It is great to see three of Britain’s oldest and most iconic buildings leading the way on energy efficiency.

“Whilst this project is a massive undertaking, insulating modern homes is the quickest and easier way to cut energy bills, reduce your carbon footprint and save money.  Whether it’s a 500 year old Royal Palace or a suburban semi-detached house, installing insulation makes financial and environmental sense.”

The British Gas installers will be using Rockwool insulation for the project.  Hans Schreuder, Managing Director of Rockwool, said: “Rockwool is proud to be able to offer insulation solutions to Historic Royal Palaces in partnership with British Gas.  These buildings are part of Britain’s national heritage.  They will survive the test of time because Historic Royal Palaces is protecting them today from tomorrow’s environmental pressures.”

Notes to editors

- Elliott Grady, British Gas Media Relations: 07789 579114 / Elliott.grady@centrica.com

- Katrina Whenham, Historic Royal Palaces Press Office: 0203 166 6303 /
katrina.whenham@hrp.org.uk 

- Paula Bateman, Rockwool Corporate Affairs: 020 8222 7425/ Paula.bateman@rockwool.com

 

1. The table below contains key facts around the insulation work being undertaken by British Gas at Hampton Court Palace (HCP), the Queen’s House at the Tower of London (TOL) and the Orangery at Kensington Palace (KP):

 

 

HCP

TOL

KP

Total

Areas to be covered by insulation (m2)

3624

241.9

614

4479.9

Total size of Palace (m2)

16902

8304

2926

28132

3 b/room semi-detached house equivalent

81

5

14

100

Hrs to Insulate (hrs)

782

52

149

983

 

 

 

 

 

CO2 Savings per year (tonne CO2)

29.9

1.82

2.61

34.33

CO2 Savings lifetime (tonne CO2)

747.5

45.5

65.25

858.25

Savings on Fuel Bills per year - gas (£)

4494

297

458

5249

Savings on Fuel Bills lifetime – gas (£)

112350

7425

11450

131225

Packs of Insulation  (roll)

851

72

214

1137

Packs of Insulation  (blown)

238

-

-

238

No of Technicians for work

4

4

4

4

No of days work

104

8

20

132

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace. HRP help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

HRP receives no funding from the Government or the Crown; they depend on the support of visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors.

To find out more about Historic Royal Palaces, visit the website at hrp.org.uk or contact the press office on 020 3166 6166 or 6303

British Gas

British Gas, the biggest energy supplier in the country and part of the Centrica group of companies, has the lowest carbon intensity of any of the major UK energy suppliers in terms of tonnes of CO² emitted per megawatt hour of electricity supplied to customers. For more information go to: http://www.britishgas.co.uk/

Rockwool

Rockwool is the world’s largest producer of stone wool insulation and the second largest insulation producer globally. The group has annual sales of Euro 1.5 billion and employs over 7,800 staff in more than 30 countries. It has 21 factories around the world.

Rockwool insulation is created from naturally occurring volcanic diabase rock with the ore smelted and spun into fibres to create a wide range of insulation materials.

Rockwool provides a four-in-one insulation solution, providing high grade thermal insulation, noise insulation, is non-combustible and has strong environmental credentials. Rockwool insulation is one of few products that can save more than 100 times the energy used for its manufacture. It is also completely recyclable and can be re-smelted and spun into new stone wool insulation rolls and panels.

http://www.rockwool.co.uk/

 

 

 

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