09 Nov 2010 12:11:20
Historic palaces to be insulated
Energy-efficient improvements are to be made to three of the UK's major historic buildings.
Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace's Orangery and the Tower of London's Queen's House will all participate in an insulation project being carried out by Historic Royal Palaces, British Gas and Rockwool UK.
King Henry VIII's 16th century residence, Hampton Court, will be the focus of 80 percent of the work, with over 3,500 of the property being insulated.
Once the work is complete, the three properties will save £130,000 on their gas electricity bills and 850 tonnes of carbon dioxide of the lifetime of the insulation.
Some 11,000 rolls of insulation will be needed for the project.
Jon Kimber, managing director of British Gas New Energy, said: "Whether it's a 500-year-old Royal Palace or a suburban semi-detached house, installing insulation makes financial and environmental sense."
Earlier this year, it was announced that solar panels will be installed on the roof of the official residence of the Prince of Wales – Clarence House.
Some 32 solar panels will be capable of producing 4,000 kilowatt hours of power each year, which is equivalent to the energy consumption of the average London household, will be fitted.