Bolsover Council calls on English Heritage expertise to help save energy

Bolsover District Council has called on the expertise of English Heritage to help them save energy at a maintenance master-class at the ‘New Bolsover Energy House’.

The master class was aimed at training the Council’s in-house team on re-pointing the external brickwork so that the Energy House in the New Bolsover Model Village is in a sound state of repair before works to improve its energy efficiency are carried out later this summer.

This is an important milestone in the New Bolsover Energy House project between Bolsover District Council, English Heritage and Bolsover Energy Partnership involving the repair and thermal upgrading of a traditionally built Grade II listed terrace house.

The project aims to demonstrate how to improve the energy efficiency of traditionally constructed houses whilst preserving their special character and appearance. It is hoped this project will act as a national case study into how the country’s Victorian housing stock can contribute to reducing energy consumption and tackling climate change.

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing Management, Coun Keith Bowman said: “We have always been at the forefront and willing to try out new ideas to help improve the energy efficiency of our properties and this project is a prime example. We are very grateful to English Heritage for all their help and once we have completed this house, we can hopefully roll out the benefits to the rest of our housing stock at New Bolsover Model Village”.

The first stage of the project is to ensure the building is properly maintained as damp and draughts are often the result of inadequate maintenance or ill-considered changes rather than problems with the design of the building itself. Once the repairs have been completed, a range of thermal upgrading works will be carried out to the house to improve its thermal efficiency whilst maintaining its character. English Heritage is carrying out a full programme of monitoring in order to see how well the various measures perform.

It is hoped this project will inform future improvements at New Bolsover model village, a pioneering estate village built to house mineworkers at the turn of the 19th century, as well as being a national exemplar for how the country’s Victorian housing stock can contribute to reducing energy consumption,

Bill Martin, Conservation Director, from English Heritage said: “Traditionally constructed homes are an important part of the historic environment that makes this country unique and attractive. They add immense interest and quality to our lives and they are resilient and adaptable too. This project will show how their energy performance can be improved without harming their historic character.”