Whether it is in home or business premises, the need to go green is finally being realised.
In an area such as the Lake District National Park, striking the balance between keeping the aesthetics of the many period properties whilst keeping the planners happy and trying to lower a carbon footprint is not always an easy task.
But it is with businesses, no matter how small such as individual self catering lets, B&B’s and hotels that can rally make a difference. There are of course so many of this business type in the Lake District and it is a business sector that uses a lot of energy.
It is often thought that embarking on a energy lowering programme can be a large and expensive operation but it needn’t be. Yes, there are solar panels, biomass boilers and ground source heat pumps but not every sustainably energy method can be implemented into the locations of properties in so much of the national park. What every business and domestic property owner can do is look at ways in which to retain and harness heat as well as lower the impact on the environment of maintenance and renovation work they have carried out. This is most common and an easy way in which to be more sustainable, when replacement windows, doors and internal joinery are required.
Replacing old and drafty doors and windows saves the environment and the pocket straight away. It is also worthwhile looking for companies that manufacture items using responsibly sourced timber and that adhere to classifications such as the BRE Green Guide. The guide provides specific, easy-to-use guidance on how to make the best environmental choices when selecting construction materials and components. Items shown in the guide are assessed in terms of their environmental impact across their entire life cycle. This overall score is achieved by assessing 13 impact categories such as climate change, mineral source depletion, ecotoxicity, etc. which in turn are rated on a similar basis.
Fallowfield Projects Ltd based in Staveley have vast experience in manufacturing windows and doors for properties in the Lake District National Park and use the BRE Green Guide in production so as to have the least effect on climate change as possible.