The latest in thermal imaging technology shows the striking transformation that the quality installation of Alumasc EWI systems has brought to social housing residents in North-East Derbyshire.
Housing Association, Rykneld Homes, embarked on the refurbishment of 328 homes in the villages of North Ringfield, Pilsley, Tupton and Dronfield in June 2015. The properties, built of REEMA hollow panel construction, were cold and draughty, with residents paying high fuel bills whilst struggling to maintain heat levels within their homes.
Using ECO funding, the £2.3m project saw the specification of Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI, which is perfect for overcladding existing properties. Alumasc’s Registered Installer Westdale Services, installed the system with grey 80mm EPS insulation and finished it with a “Snowdrop” coloured dash effect on a grey render basecoat. To add aesthetic interest to the properties, brick-effect render detailing was added around the windows and door frames, tinted and shaded to remain in keeping with surrounding traditional brick houses.
Westdale services, who have an established track record of successful EWI installations, partnered closely with Rykneld Homes to utilise the latest in bespoke thermal imaging technology. As such, IRT Surveys Ltd were instructed to undertake infrared thermal imagery on a sample number of properties.
IRT also provided a ‘Carbon Dashboard’, allowing Rykneld’s Asset Managers to undertake sensitivity analyses of their housing stock, identifying energy usage per household and showing them where their resources are best-placed, in order to achieve the maximum improvements to energy efficiency.
The result is, a remarkable transformation in thermal performance. The previous U-value of 1.69W/m2K has been slashed to a new value of 0.30W/m2K and EPC ratings have been improved from band F to band C.
The improved aesthetic appearance of the homes has also enhanced community spirit within the four villages, giving residents a renewed feeling of pride in their surroundings.
Graham Wingfield, Rykneld Homes’ Head of Regeneration & Development, commented:
“This project shows how community-wide regeneration should be done. Well done, with a simple and effective balance of colours and brick render detail, these dilapidated non-traditional properties have overcome their technical difficulties to offer a more attractive and comfortable place to live, with energy performance levels equivalent to that of New-Build schemes.”
Feedback from Ryneld Homes’ residents has also been very positive, with some of them commenting:
“We are highly satisfied with the work. We are much warmer and our bills are already reduced. The workmen have been very pleasant and worked really hard.” (88 Alma Rd).
“My home feels warmer. I am elderly and I feel better in myself now it is warmer. I have no complaints at all and am really pleased with the overall appearance of the house.” (64 Alma Rd).
“Our house is nice and warm and we really like it now!” (60 Alma Rd)
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