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Trading Name Green Building Store & Green Building Company
Principal Contact Chris Herring
Address Heath House Mill Golcar Huddersfield West Yorkshire HD7 4JW England
Phone 01484461705

Legal Details

Date established 1995
Legal status Ltd Co
Insurance Public Liability Insurance Employers Liability Insurance
Membership of Professional Bodies Bill Butcher, Director, Certified Passive House Consultant, ICIOB FENSA

Number of People in the business 21-50

Profile : Green Building Store & Green Building Company

Business Sector


Business description

Green Building Store is committed to offering leading edge products for low energy buildings.
Our range includes: high performance FSC-certified timber windows & doors Passivhaus products & services water saving WCs, urinals and washroom items and insulation and airtightness products. Our construction division - Green Building Company - offers Passivhaus & low energy building services in West Yorkshire & Pennines area for both new build and retrofit projects.


Builders Merchant

Main business activities

  • High performance timber windows & doors
  • Passivhaus products & services
  • Water saving WCs, urinals & taps
  • Insulation & airtightness products
  • Building services in West Yorkshire & Pennines

Scope of Work

Our customers range from individual householders to large commercial contracts. Largest individual contract to date around £0.25M


Company philosophy

Green Building Store is committed to offering leading edge products for low energy buildings. We are at the forefront of introducing Passivhaus products and design into the UK.

We aim to offer high performance, high quality products and to act as a ‘centre of excellence’, promoting best practice in low carbon and sustainable construction.

Materials Sourcing

Our Ecoplus3, Ecocontract, Ecoclad & Ecopassiv window & door ranges all use FSC Pure timber, and the Company has full FSC Chain of Custody under the Soil Association's Woodmark scheme.

The Company tries to assess its suppliers as carefully as possible:
Green Building Store has a wide range of UK and European partners/ suppliers. Many of these are small-medium sized manufacturers of environmentally-sensitive building products.
Before entering into a significant relationship with a new supplier, Green Building Store makes efforts to research the company’s environmental performance and practices. It does this using a variety of sources, including information databases such as Corporate Critic (from Ethical Consumer Research Association).

Energy Efficiency

We aim to offer leading edge products with outstanding thermal performance. Our window & door ranges offer U values ranging from 1.4 W/m2K (Ecocontract double glazed) to 0.65 W/m2K (ENERsign, Passivhaus certified).

We have been at the forefront of introducing Passivhaus design & products into the UK, launching a specialist range (including certified Passivhaus windows and MVHR systems) in early 2009 to help encourage the uptake of Passivhaus design in the UK.

Reducing the environmental footprint of the business

We have an active environment policy, which sets annual targets for the company to work towards. Recent achievements have included: reducing office lighting consumption by 50% installing secondary glazing in production workshop and improving information about sustainable transport options for employees and visitors.

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Green Building Store & Green Building Company : Projects

Denby Dale Passivhaus

Project Date 2010
image of Denby Dale Passivhaus

scope Project leader & building contractor.
Supplier of specialist Passivhaus products including PAUL MVHR system, Ecopassiv windows & doors and Pro Clima airtightness products.

aims The project pioneered the combination of low energy Passivhaus methodology with standard cavity wall construction and building materials and is the UK\'s first cavity wall Passivhaus.

To get cavity wall to perform to the Passivhaus standard, the Green Building Store team needed to develop many original design details, including floor and foundations, first floor, roof and window openings.
Detailed information on the project is at:
measures Detailed information on the project - including FREE technical resources - is available at:
monitoring Passivhaus certification figures for Denby Dale Passivhaus
Total floor area: 118m2
Treated floor area: 104.4m2
Heating requirement/ year: 15 kWh/m2/year
Heat load: 10 W/m2
Primary energy requirement: 87 kWh/m2/year
Airtightness: 0.33 ach @ 50 Pa (to Passivhaus and Euronorm standard)

U values

Exterior wall: 0.113W/m2K
Roof: 0.096 W/m2K
Ground floor: 0.104 W/m2K
Windows - average: 0.8 W/m2K

Design of new high performance UK-made window

Project Date 2011
image of Design of new high performance UK-made window

scope Development of the Ecoplus3 timber window & door range
aims The third evolution of our Ecoplus range to improve thermal performance and offer triple glazing as standard.
measures The Ecoplus3 range aims to systematically address the environmental issues relating to window manufacture:

Timber sourcing: 100% FSC Pure timber, either redwood (pinus sylvestris) or European oak. Full FSC Chain of Custody certification through the Soil Association Woodmark scheme.
Triple glazing as standard: low-e argon fill triple glazing with glazing U value = 0.57 W/m2K
Warm edge glazing spacers: used as standard to minimise heat loss and condensation.
Manufactured in West Yorkshire.
Timber treatment: Inorganic borates offer probably the least environmental impact and lowest mammalian toxicity of any treatment system.
Timber finishes: OSMO plant-oil based finishes offering excellent performance, and are biocide-free with low environmental footprint because of predominantly plant based origin.

monitoring Pine: overall window U value of 0.86 W/m2K
Oak: overall window U value of 0.92 W/m2K

Water efficiency at Huddersfield bus station

Project Date 2009
image of Water efficiency at Huddersfield bus station
Huddersfield bus station

scope Green Building Store supplied its high performance ES4 water-efficient WCs and Airflush waterless urinals.
aims A major washroom refurbishment was carried out by Metro in 2009 to resolve a number of maintenance issues. Saving water was also a priority, as part of Metro\\\'s environment and sustainability policy.
measures The ES4 WC offers ultra low 4 litre flush combined with a robust siphon flush mechanism, meaning that the flush system will never leak water down the pan, unlike low flush WCs using valve flush mechanisms. The ES4 uses a Swedish-designed toilet pan, specially designed to work effectively with low flush volume, and is WRAS-approved as well as being listed on the Government’s Water Technology list. The Airflush urinal offers a revolutionary waterless system, which also does not require consumables, cartridges or oils. Instead it combines an ergonomically designed urinal bowl with a small integral low wattage fan, which creates negative pressure, maintaining a gentle flow of air down the urinal bowls and removing all odour.
monitoring Huddersfield bus station figures 2009-10:
Water consumption reduced by 38% (compared to previous year)
£6,551.26 cut in water bill per annum 2009-10.
£949.84 cut in emergency maintenance call-out bill per annum 2009-10
Annual total cost savings = £7.5K
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