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Hale Construction saves £10,000 during first year of biomass boilers

Hale Construction has reaped the rewards from going green, with a £10,000 (€12,805) saving since installing biomass boilers to heat their Neath, UK, headquarters.

The family-run business, which incorporates Hale Construction, Hale Homes, and Seven Oaks Timberframe, has won awards for its sustainability credentials and environmentally-friendly building processes. 

Hale has also employed a new recruit to operate the two Attack model boilers.

Timber frame from Hale’s sister company Seven Oaks Timberframe is used to fuel the boilers, which heat the offices, timber frame factory, and hot water system, saving an estimated £10,000 a year in skip fees.

Waste is now also being recycled as fuel rather than being discarded. 

“The initial outlay of £60,000 on biomass boilers is a real investment for us and we are very confident this sum will pay off. We also benefitted from a ‘kickback’ feeding tariff of £25,000 this year,” said Jonathan Hale, managing director at Hale Construction.

“We decided to install biomass boilers as the offices were not warm with the previous system and the amount of waste we were using was incredible. We now have approved waste checked by Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) officials, which is a legal requirement, so we feed the boiler with our waste from the factory,” he continued.

Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Ali Thomas, recently visited Hale and praised the biomass system as “a big step forward” for the company.

“This biomass system will reduce running costs, in turn aiding the continued growth of the firm. I am very pleased to see that as a result of this investment the company has been able to take on more staff," Thomas said.