Press release / Somerset firm awarded for making period properties greener
Press release issued for Sash Consultancy in Somerset – suppliers, restorers and installers of timber sash windows
A firm near Bath which has helped period property owners to make their homes more energy efficient, has received a top business award
Sash Consultancy won the Most Innovative Company category at the 2009 Small Business Awards, hosted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Business Link and B&NES.
Thanks to its timber-framed sash windows featuring bespoke glazing, the Priston company was recognised for solving a significant problem faced by period and listed property owners.
Sash Consultancy’s Slenderglaze slimline glazing allows windows in traditional properties to be upgraded and become more energy efficient; without compromising the appearance, character or value of the building.
Before the development of this product and its technology, the upgrading of period properties with double glazing was deemed undesirable; owing to the plastic, aluminium and unsuitable timber window frame options available.
Planning criteria for listed and conservation area properties meant that double-glazing was not an option – until this breakthrough.
“This new product is very much a design driven by necessity” commented Pete Bale, managing director of Sash Consultancy.
“The majority of owners of period property are keen to upgrade their homes to make them more energy efficient, but have their hands tied by planning.
“This innovation award provides great testament to the quality of our products and we are very proud to have received this recognition.”
The specialist glazing from the firm has helped period property owners in London and the South West meet the planning criteria needed to upgrade their windows. Sash Consultancy’s windows have also found favour with several local authority conservation officers.
“We are already working with conservation architects and builders renovating period properties, who have been genuinely amazed by this product” continued Mr Bale.
“The windows replicate every detail of the original single-glaze sash window, including real glazing bars; and offer all the benefits associated with modern double glazing. Even to the trained eye, these products are difficult to detect as being new.”
“It’s no longer realistic to expect people who live in old buildings not to optimise their insulation. This product provides the alternative to turning up the heating and allows people to live more comfortably in period homes.”
Last month small businesses across Bath and North East Somerset were given the chance to shine in the second annual awards launched by the Bath branch of the FSB. Ten awards were presented at a gala award ceremony at The Guildhall in Bath.
Sash Window Consultancy is FENSA registered and offers a complete professional service installation. For friendly and free advice or to arrange a survey, call 01225 424434 or visit sashconsultancy.co.uk for further details.