The UK is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. Due to approximately 14 million homes being inadequately insulated it is estimated that 25% of the UK’s total carbon emissions are currently generated from domestic households. Aligned with their commitment to greatly reducing the national level of carbon emission output, the UK Government have introduced a number of key measures to ensure that they are successful in achieving their goals.
There are over 8 million homes in the UK with solid walls, adopting a EWI solution is an extremely effective way to insulate your home or property for more information please find further details below.
External Wall Insulation (EWI) is an extremely effective method of insulating properties constructed from solid walls, or those with cavities that are categorised as ‘hard to treat’. EWI comprises a continuous layer of insulation that is fixed adhesively and/or mechanically to the outside of a building. The insulation is then coated with a decorative weatherproof render which can be finished in a wide array of textures and colours allowing you freedom to improve the appearance of your building to your own taste. EWI offers several key benefits:
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) replaced the previous Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and Community Energy Savings Programme (CESP) and is targeted beyond 2020. ECO is designed to provide funding for the fuel poor and hard to treat properties that may require more expensive measures such as external wall insulation. ECO is a legal obligation placed upon the larger energy companies to fund improvements to the properties of eligible households via grants.The Chancellor announced in the 2015 UK Autumn statement that the current ECO scheme is to be replaced from 2017 with a cheaper £640 million per year scheme, saving an average of £30 from 24 million households across the UK.
ECO funding will be split into 3 different sections:
CERO is aimed at those living in ‘hard to treat’ properties, such as homes constructed from solid wall or with narrow cavities. These types of properties are being targeted, as more cost effective measures such as cavity wall insulation cannot be installed to insulate the walls.
The Home Heating Reduction Obligation is aimed at low income and vulnerable households. HHCRO is measured on the reduction in notional bill savings and is aimed at those on qualifying benefits to have heating and insulation measures. Any measure is allowed so long as it reduces the property's heating cost (incl. boiler repairs). A qualifying benefit or tax credit is needed to be eligible for HHCRO funding such as:
CSCO replaces the outgoing CESP funding and is aimed at those on benefits in rural areas with populations of less than 10,000 inhabitants. There are a large range of measures available under CSCO such as loft insulation, external wall insulation, cavity wall insulation and glazing. A qualifying benefit or tax credit is needed to be eligible for CSCO funding such as:
In addition to domestic properties, public sector and commercial buildings with high rates of energy consumption will enjoy the benefits associated from the application of exterior wall insulation (EWI). EWI will assist councils, higher education establishments and commercial businesses to achieve their carbon management goals and lower their energy consumption levels whilst greatly limiting serious decay from occurring in the fabric of their buildings.
An independent review of consumer advice, protection, standards and enforcement for energy efficiency. The report was commissioned in July 2015 following a number of cases where consumers were dissatisfied with the energy efficiency improvement to the property. The final report is expected to be sent to the Secretary of State and published in January 2017. Dryvit will update following the issue of the document.
The new PAS 2030 is scheduled to be released in January 2017 and is expected to be far more robust than the current issue and include:
Dryvit has been a leading name in the External Wall Insulation industry since 1969 because of its commitment to research and development. Dryvit consistently introduces new products and systems that keep it on the leading edge of the building industry. It is in this spirit of innovation, coupled with a rigid adherence to the highest standards in manufacturing quality and consistency that has made Dryvit the unquestioned leader in the External Wall Insulation sector globally. With over 400 million m2 of Dryvit systems successfully installed globally on over half a million buildings we have a level of expertise that will provide you with the comfort to know that your project is clad with superior products and systems.
There are many routes to funding whether you are a private home owner or landlord requiring assistance with your project or a Housing Association/Local Authority seeking ECO funding. The supply chain network Dryvit UK Limited has in place can help you facilitate a simple route to funding. As a system designer we work with utility companies, managing agents, main contractors, surveyors, partnering technology companies, PAS 2030 specialist installers and insurers to deliver funding and a quality installation of our systems to meet your requirements.
Dryvit would welcome the opportunity to assist you in assessing the suitability of your project. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Dryvit UK Ltd. offers a product liability warranty with all installations. However, with government funded and ECO works there is a requirement that installations carry an independent third party insurance backed warranty covering design, materials and workmanship.
The Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency’s 25 year SWIGA guarantee provides householders with an independent, uniform and dependable guarantee covering professionally installed External, Internal and Hybrid (where both are used on the same property) solid wall insulation installations.
The SWIGA Quality Assurance Framework and Guarantee provide additional peace of mind and access to technical expertise in the event of any defect arising in the design, workmanship or materials.
Visit www.swiga.co.uk for more information.