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Colton House

Improved efficiency of older and listed buildings

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Description of Property

Colton House is a Grade II* Listed Building, set in a picturesque village on the edge of Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, and offers high quality guest accommodation. The business joined the scheme in 2010 at a GOLD award level, which they have since maintained continuously. The owners are committed to sustainable business practices, and as a result have incorporated a number of energy saving measures into their business model. Efforts to improve the energy efficiency of this listed 18th century building include the installation of high efficiency condensing boilers, a heat exchange unit, LED lighting, and increased roof and wall insulation. Of particular note is the considerable effort made by the owners to double glaze the building’s windows.

Project Description

Colton-House2After significant work by the owners, Colton House became the first Grade II* listed building to get permission to double glaze its windows. The additional cost of double glazing represented no more than 5% of the total project price and has resulted in a reduction in the carbon footprint of the business, and an increase in guest comfort. It is estimated that this action has saved close to two tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year over single glazing.

The proposal was initially rejected by local planning authorities, however the owners persevered, and eventually three years later finally won permission to install new double glazed units to the rear of the building. There is nothing in the legislation to prevent the use of double glazing; indeed guidance is provided to the double glazing fitter as to how to install units acceptably. New slim edge seals made it much easier to comply with the local planning laws, and retain the character of the original windows.

The project has allowed the use of a ground floor for conferences/wedding breakfasts and two upper floors will provide additional bedrooms, paying for the cost of the project in the first year.

Colton House is an excellent example of what can be achieved when trying to improve the efficiency of older and listed buildings.

Cost Savings

Energy saving in bills




£400 per year


Reduced running costs, and lower carbon footprint, ability to make a return on investment previously unattainable

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