ADVERTORIAL • ICYNENE
This solidly built,
1500sq ft property
was in need of a top
to bottom upgrade.
Remote pennine cottage
gets the icynene
High performance spray foam insulation from Icynene has been used in the renovation of a 130
year-old cottage on an exposed moor-top site in the Northern Pennines.
Saddleworth Moor, in the Lancashire Pennines between
Huddersfield and Manchester, is one of the most exposed
and inhospitable places in the country, with little to stop the
westerly gales that blow in from the Atlantic. And at over 1100ft
above sea level, locals say that if snow is forecast, it usually falls
there first and is slow to leave.
None of this has stopped local property developer, Jason
Reece of Surebuild Construction from buying at auction, Keepers
Cottage, a late Victorian Game Keeper’s house that’s lain empty
on the top of the moors for over 30 years, with grand plans to
renovate, insulate and upgrade it to 21st century standards.
“On a clear day, the views over the moors and the Cheshire
Plain are simply amazing”, explained Jason, “And when the restoration
is complete, this will make a fantastic, away-from-it-all home
for someone looking for complete peace and solitude”
Keepers Cottage is solidly built, 1500sq ft property constructed
of local stone and is in good structural order. However, to
make it habitable, it was in need of a top to bottom upgrade,
including all services.
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Once the building was made secure and watertight, one of the
biggest challenges faced by the builder was insulation to keep out
the penetrating wind. “Up here, they describe it as a lazy wind”
said Jason. “It prefers to go through you rather than around you!”
The initial plan was to line the internal walls and roof area
with rigid board-type insulation, but this was quickly discounted.
According to Jason, rigid board insulation is expensive and very
labour intensive to install properly. As well as this, it is virtually
impossible to make it fit without gaps, so wind penetration
would be inevitable.
To overcome the insulation challenge, Jason turned to Manchester
based specialist, Green Horizon Energy Solutions who
recommended spray applied insulation from Icynene as the
Matt Lawford of Green Horizon takes up the story.” In an old,
exposed property like Keepers Cottage, making the envelope as
airtight as possible is vital. Air leakage accounts for as much as
40% of the heat loss in a building so sealing off all the tiny air gaps
and voids that conventional insulation method cannot reach is the