Last week the INCA Advocacy Committee met with DECC to discuss the design of the new energy supplier obligation announced at the end of last year.
ECO 2 will be extended from April 2017 and a cheaper scheme focused on fuel poverty will be launched in April 2018 for four years. A consultation on the extension to ECO 2 is expected this spring with a consultation on the new scheme to follow at the end of the year. INCA has already highlighted the need for both an SWI minimum and an uplift to target fuel poor households living in solid wall homes. INCA will continue to be actively engaged with ECO on behalf of the EWI industry and submit a comprehensive response to both consultations.
The Scottish Government has announced a £14 million scheme to help local authorities pilot new and innovative approaches to energy efficiency to reduce costs and improve warmth in homes, schools, hospitals and businesses, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil has announced.
Mr Neil said: “Over 900,000 energy efficiency measures have been carried out across homes in Scotland since 2008. SEEP will work with businesses and the commercial sector to see how we can achieve similar successes. This pilot phase will allow councils to test the effectiveness of new approaches to energy efficiency.
“The pilot projects will integrate support across various building types, to evaluate the impact of innovative approaches to funding and delivery, and to test the market appetite for energy efficiency investments in the commercial sector.
“Across Scotland we have allocated over half a billion pounds since 2009 on a raft of measures to help the most vulnerable people in our society heat their homes affordably. SEEP will help extend these measures to ensure homes, businesses and public buildings can benefit from a similar approach.
“This funding will now help local authorities develop projects and help ensure Scotland leads the way in energy efficiency.”
The projects will build upon and integrate existing domestic energy efficiency programmes, bringing together support from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme, with the Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland (HEEPS): Area Based Scheme.
Wilson Shaw, Chair of the National Insulation Association in Scotland, said:
“We welcome this new approach to supporting energy efficiency in Scotland. Funding like this is a much needed boost to the insulation industry and will help support hundreds of jobs across the country.
“The Scottish Government’s HEEPS schemes have been effective in improving the energy efficiency of our homes. It is important to build on this and I especially welcome the promotion of an integrated approach which should improve our ability to help both homes and businesses across Scotland.”
Due to the continued growth of new business opportunities in Scotland, Alumasc Facades have made a number of changes to their Scottish based team, designed to further improve the levels of service provision available across the country.
Lorraine Dunsire – Commercial Director, Scotland
Lorraine, previously Business Development Manager Scotland, has taken on the role of Commercial Director and is delighted to be leading the new and expanding team. Having worked in the energy sector for 20 years prior to joining Alumasc, Lorraine is fully aware of the importance of energy efficiency measures and the benefits they offer. In a climate where Scottish funding is being directed to address fuel poverty and poor quality housing. She comments: The expansion of the Alumasc Facades Team in Scotland is indicative of the strong position currently being experienced by Alumasc and of our commitment to the ongoing provision of the highest quality products and customer service in the industry. External Wall Insulation (EWI) plays a significant role in the industry’s low-carbon strategy and Alumasc are keen to ensure that we can not only support our existing clients to full effect, but that we can also accommodate all of the new opportunities currently happening across Scotland, maintaining our reputation for technical expertise and strong customer service.
Alumasc welcomes Gerry McGhee to the role of Area Sales Manager for New Build. Gerry boasts a career spanning over 30 years in the construction industry and knows that good communication leads to increased specification. Gerry says: Everyone knows that Alumasc is enjoying continued success in the housing refurbishment market and I look forward to supporting that by using my background and customer relationships to generate even more specifications in the new build sector.
Dale has been part of the Alumasc technical team based in Glasgow for over 2 years and has now taken on the role of Technical Manager for Scotland. Dale will ensure Alumasc’s Scottish customers and clients continue to receive technical service excellence, fully focused to their needs. He says: The broadening of my role to Technical Manager will significantly reinforce the help we provide Contractors and Architects, offering them peace of mind that regional support is on hand at every stage of their projects.
New to the Site Support team working with Dale, is Ally Robb who has enjoyed a career in the Facades sector for many years. Ally comments: Having a background in EWI installation has meant that I can work alongside our registered contractors with a full understanding of what affects them on a day to day basis. My experience has already helped me to build strong connections with new and existing Alumasc customers across Scotland.
For much of the UK’s retired population, winter heating costs take up a sizeable amount of what is often a limited income.
When pensioners in Knebworth, Hertfordshire were feeling the cold in their bungalows, Social Landlord North Herts Homes decided to take action by installing insulation to improve the thermal efficiency of the properties, resulting in lower energy bills for their residents.
Cavity wall insulation was not a viable option as the construction of the bungalows presented a restricted cavity, which made Swisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI) from Alumasc, the perfect solution.
North Herts Homes also specified that the system should match the existing and surrounding decorative finishes, so a render finish was not acceptable. Alumasc worked closely with the client to provide a viable technical solution to this problem. The final solution was an insulated system utilising phenolic insulation to keep the overall thickness to a minimum, finished with a matching acrylic brick slip to match the local environment. Alumasc’s aluminium GX gutter system was also used, to give a clean decorative finish to the system.
The final result was virtually indistinguishable from the original finish and the residents will now benefit from a more comfortable environment with reduced fuel bills.
North Herts Homes and all of the residents, have expressed their delight with the warmer, new look homes.
For further details of Alumasc’s thermally efficient External Wall Insulation Systems, click here.
For more information about EWI in the South East, contact Area Manager Joe Dawson on +(44) 7720 883 677.
It includes a number of steps including understanding the home, application design, installation and ‘getting the best from your retrofit’.
INCA is part of the working group with a view to ensuring the process meets the needs of
the EWI industry. An implementation plan will be produced by the Bonfield team in February and the review will report in March 2016.