Last Friday 26 January Thelma Walker MP paid a visit to Golcar-based company Green Building Store. As well as finding out more about the company’s pioneering work in the field of green building, Thelma was visiting to discuss issues of concern for the company as an SME trading with Europe and working in the field of low energy building with a strong commitment to tackling climate change.
Green Building Store has been supplying and building low energy buildings for over 20 years. The company specialises in high performance triple glazed windows and doors and MVHR heat recovery systems, which it supplies all over the UK. The company employs over 30 people, including a small specialist building team, which works on Passivhaus and low energy projects in the Huddersfield area. The company was awarded the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development in 2009 for its ‘pioneering approach to sustainability’ and for providing ‘cutting edge sustainable products’. More recently the company has been involved in a number of pioneering construction projects including the Denby Dale Passivhaus, the UK’s first cavity wall Passivhaus, and the multi-award-winning retrofit of a barn to the EnerPHit (Passivhaus retriofit) standard for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at Stirley Community Farm.
Thelma Walker met with Green Building Store Directors Chris Herring and Bill Butcher as well as having a tour of the company’s Heath House Mill base at Bolster Moor.
Chris Herring commented: “Passivhaus design and building is slowly taking off in the UK now but would benefit from central Government support. At our meeting we encouraged Thelma to invite her fellow MPs to visit a Passivhaus themselves and learn more about the standard that is now stipulated in building regulations in places as far apart as Vancouver and Brussels.”
Bill Butcher added: “As a company trading with companies in Europe we are naturally keen on there being a frictionless customs border, as well as greater certainty , after Brexit. It was really useful to be able to share these concerns with Thelma and understand more about the implications of Brexit for SMEs such as ourselves. “
Thelma Walker said: “I enjoyed meeting the Green Building Store team and finding our more about their innovative projects and products. I am really proud to have such a pioneering and inspiring company in my constituency, This is exactly the sort of business that we need to be seeing encouraged across Britain to help create a low carbon economy and green jobs, and help reduce fuel poverty and tackle climate change”.
Notes: Passivhaus is an international low energy building standard which can cut average heating bills by 90 per cent.