Hale Construction Celebrates Successful First Year of Biomass Boilers

Hale Construction has reaped the rewards from going green, with a £10,000 saving since installing biomass boilers to heat their Neath headquarters.

The family-run business, which incorporates Hale Construction, Hale Homes and Seven Oaks Timberframe, has won awards for its sustainability credentials and environmentally-friendly building processes.

Hale has also employed a new recruit to operate the two Attack model boilers. Timber frame from Hale’s sister company Seven Oaks Timberframe is used to fuel the boilers, which heat the offices, timber frame factory and hot water system, saving an estimated £10,000 a year in skip fees. Waste is now being recycled as fuel rather than being discarded.

Environmentally-friendly procedures have been a priority for Hale for some time: Trisowarm, which a foam injection panel system, is used as standard in Hale’s homes.

This patented system achieves extremely low thermal transmittance (U Value) and gives the unique and valuable opportunity to future proof the energy performance and thermal efficiency of any housing developments which use Trisowarm.

Bethany Lane in Mumbles is one of Hale Homes’ prime location sites and is a show case for Hale’s sustainability and efficiency values. With the use of Trisowarm panels throughout, the properties were constructed to Code Level 3 and have recently been awarded Best Small New Housing Development at the Building Control Excellence Awards.

Jonathan Hale, Managing Director said: “The initial outlay of £60,000 on biomass boilers is a real investment for us and we are very confident this sum will pay off. We also benefitted from a ‘kickback’ feeding tariff of £25,000 this year.

“We decided to install biomass boilers as the offices were not warm with the previous system and the amount of waste we were using was incredible. We now have approved waste checked by

Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) officials, which is a legal requirement, so we feed the boiler with our waste from the factory. We have noticed a real difference and have not looked back since installation.”

Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Ali Thomas, recently visited Hale and said: “This is a big step forward for an established Neath company. This biomass system will reduce running costs, in turn aiding the continued growth of the firm. I am very pleased to see that as a result of this investment the company has been able to take on more staff.”

For more information about Hale Homes, please visit: http://www.haleconstruction.co.uk/current-projects

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