Throughout the process of converting and restoring this historic estate into a fully serviced office park and residential living space, the issues that we have identified as part of our policy include:
CONSERVATION OF ENERGY
1. Reducing fossil fuels and carbon emissions. The main reduction will come from the restoration of two water turbines which were installed in 1924 and last running in 1998 for generating electricity.
2. Reducing the embodied energy in the construction process to less than 60% of the norm. This includes protecting the traditional thermal mass of our buildings.
3. Retaining heat by using super thermal wool insulation in roof voids and ceilings.
4. Reducing energy usage by fitting low energy appliances, installing energy efficient condensing boilers and installing double glazing.
5. Reducing energy used for lighting by installing low energy fittings and lamps and using lighting controls to maximise savings such as PIRs and daylight dimming.
WORKING WITH THE CLIMATE
1. Maximising natural daylight internally.
2. Using natural ventilation where possible.
3. Reducing water consumption by harvesting water, installing push taps and reducing flush amounts in the urinals and toilets.
1. Recycling waste wherever possible and buying recycled/recyclable products.
2. Using local and/or reclaimable materials such as natural stone from our local quarry 3 miles away and traditional slate for roofing. Re-using material from buildings that have been demolished on site.
3. Buying eco-friendly products such as lime plaster, wood fibre board instead of plasterboard, water based paints and eco-cleaning products.
4. Using timber from FSC certified and sustainable forests.
5. Avoiding using material sources that harm the environment.
CREATING HEALTHY AND HARMONIOUS BUILDINGS
1. Using natural unprocessed materials where possible.
2. Using low maintenance and durable long life materials.
3. Avoiding CFC, HCFC solvents and formaldehyde.
Brooke’s Mill is intending to replace the two existing water turbines with new more efficient hydro generating capacity. This could provide 100KW of electricity which would provide up to 30% of the power required by the site. Although the company is looking at other renewable energy sources, it is considered that water power will have the greatest future impact in reducing our carbon footprint.