Swisslab revitalises Glasgow building

As part of the regeneration of Glasgow’s Shawlands area, Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) recently embarked upon the recent refurbishment of 1265 Pollokshaws Road, a block of maisonette homes located above a mixture of shops and a car park.

PollokshawsRoad3The four-storey building, constructed of “bison” precast concrete panelling in the 1960s, comprises a 50/50 split between GHA and private ownership. The project received ECO funding and the private homeowners also received grant-aid funding from the city council due to the non-standard construction of the building.

To address both thermal performance, and aesthetic appearance, main contractor, City Building Glasgow, engaged the services of expert EWI installer, AC Whyte.

Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI system was specified for the project because it is perfectly suited to overcladding existing properties. AC Whyte installed the system with a 60mm phenolic insulation and finished it with Silkolitt silicone render in 3 subtle pastel shades.

The challenging installation could only be overcome with a large degree of technical expertise from both Alumasc and AC Whyte who worked closely together to ensure a successful solution.

PollokshawsRoad_BEFOREFirstly, the precast concrete panel exterior and its various substrates meant that AC Whyte and the Alumasc technical team had to carefully consider the fixing type to ensure a robust fix. Secondly, the existing façade featured a series of timber frame panels under the windows. Drawing upon Swisslab’s versatility, AC Whyte and Alumasc were able to employ careful detailing methods and the use of expansion joints. This led to these panels being “designed out” resulting in a simpler monolithic appearance which is much fresher and modern.

Finally, the car parking area below the flats, was also one of the main causes of poor thermal performance, and this was also given the Swisslab treatment with its soffits treated to insulate the exposed floors of the first floor flats above.

Giving his seal of approval to the scheme, Eric Conquer, Asset Planning Manager at GHA, said:

“The refurbishment work completed by Alumasc and AC Whyte at Pollokshaws Road has made an enormous difference. Our customers are really happy with the way the building looks, and their homes are now much warmer.”

For more details call Barrie Robertson on 07720 883 693.

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INCA Responds to ECO2 Consultation

INCA_thumbINCA has submitted a comprehensive response to the ECO2 consultation on behalf of the EWI industry.

The consultation was published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in June this year, with these main objectives;

– to provide interested parties with visibility of the DECC’s high level vision for supplier obligations to 2022

– to set out specific proposals for a first set of reforms, to be delivered from 2017

– to seek views on both the proposed changes for this first year transition and the high level design for the longer term (2018-22).

The response from INCA, calls on Government to double the target for SWI measures in the 2017 ECO transition period.

Analysis undertaken by AgilityEco on behalf of INCA shows that the cost estimates in the Government Impact Assessment are overstated by more than £200 million and that the ECO support required to deliver SWI is much lower than assumed.

The response also highlights that the low target is likely to be achieved even before the new scheme begins and the resulting hiatus could reduce industry capacity for future years.

INCA will continue to work with DBEIS to ensure that the target for SWI under ECO is based on accurate evidence and a strong focus is given to SWI in order to tackle fuel poverty.

You can view the consultation document here and see INCA’s response here.

Alumasc EWI slashes U-Values for Rykneld Homes

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.

Rykneld1Housing 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.

Thermal Transformation

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.

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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)

For more information on Swisslab External Wall Insulation, click here

ECO Replacement

deccLast 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.

NIA Calls on DECC to announce its intentions on ECO & GDHIF

PrintThe National Insulation Association (NIA) yesterday (Thursday 2nd July) called on ministers from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to make announcements about their intentions for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) when the scheme comes to an end in 2017, and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), before the Summer Recess on July 21, 2015.

As the NIA explains, recent figures published by DECC and OFGEM on ECO showed that the energy companies have already made significant progress towards their targets for ECO2 (April 2015 – end March 2017) , and that based on the installation rates for 2014/15, the target could be achieved one year early in the first quarter of 2016.

This, the Association told Roofzine, is reflected in the major slow down in recent ECO activity, where just 29,000 measures were installed in April 2015 – a two-year low – compared to 51,000 measures in March 2015 and 58,000 in April 2014.

The NIA points out that in addition to this, the GDHIF – which was designed to compensate for the shortfall in ECO activity following Government cuts to the scheme in 2014, is also on hold whilst the industry awaits decisions from ministers.

The NIA says the combined effect of these two factors has resulted in a collapse in insulation activity which it says is “harmful to householders and the industry alike”.

Neil Marshall, chief executive of the NIA, said: “We would like DECC ministers to confirm that there will be an ECO post 2017, the broad shape of it and when they are likely to publish detailed proposals, and we would like them to give some indication of what they are intending for GDHIF and whether there will be any further releases of funding in the short term.”

This news follows the publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) annual progress report, which highlighted that all main insulation measures are behind the required trajectory to achieve the UK’s carbon reduction targets – which in the case of solid wall insulation, the NIA points out, is some 500,000 behind trajectory.

The NIA also explained that the CCC recommended to Government that urgent decisions were needed on the future of ECO post 2017 to provide some assurance to the supply chain.

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Voucher Deadline Extended to 31/03/2015

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The two trade bodies for solid wall insulation, the National Insulation Association and INCA, have today reported that DECC will be extending the validity of vouchers already issued as part of the first phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), until 31st March 2015.

A very large number of vouchers that were issued as part GDHIF-1 (£120m) have not yet been redeemed for a variety of reasons and have missed the 6 month deadline for redemption.

This is excellent news and will enable many more householders that have applied for vouchers to have works completed and benefit from both the thermal improvements and the subsequential cost savings.

DECC estimate that this could affect some 3,900 existing voucher holders.

Vouchers from GDHIF Phase 2 will not be affected and will still be valid for six months as per the expiry date on the voucher, however DECC is also strongly encouraging the industry to redeem Phase 2 vouchers before 31 March 2015, to ensure that as much funding as possible is allocated from that available in this financial year.

For further details, you can access a copy of DECC’s press release Click Here.

INCA Launches Manifesto to Improve Energy Efficiency with External Wall Insulation

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The Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) has published a manifesto ahead of the General Election calling on any future Government to set out a clear role for external wall insulation (EWI) as part of a coherent energy efficiency strategy.

The INCA manifesto builds on the findings of the report from the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), Up Against the (Solid) Wall: What Changes to the ECO Mean for Energy Efficiency Policy, which demonstrates the substantial benefits of solid wall insulation for the UK, including the employment, health and social impacts on residents. INCA is calling for support for External Wall Insulation to improve energy efficiency, cut fuel bills and lift households out of poverty and the manifesto makes the case for a long-term energy efficiency strategy with sustainable funding initiatives.

INCA has put forward the following ‘key asks’ for any future Government:

1. Recognise the economic case for investment in EWI to reduce carbon emissions and fuel poverty, to create growth in the UK economy and to support community regeneration

2. Develop and implement an energy efficiency strategy that supports EWI on a large scale with realistic targets for upscaling the delivery of EWI to insulate 3.5 million solid wall properties by 2030.

3. Commit to consistent policies which allow the EWI industry to invest and plan for the future to the benefit of its clients.

4. Prioritise funding for sustainable funding initiatives developed with input from the industry.

INCA Chairman Pádraig Barry said:

“There is still a huge challenge to meet with the latest Government figures showing that only 3% of the 8 million solid wall properties in Britain have received insulation. At the current installation rate it will take around 150 years to insulate all solid wall homes, which undermines the important role upgrading our existing housing stock has on lowering carbon emissions and reducing fuel poverty. The General Election offers a real opportunity to make the industry’s voice heard and bring about a step change in the approach from Government.”

New Training Centre for Engineered Ventilated Façade System

As well as having a trusted portfolio of high performance render and thermal insulation systems, Alumasc are also renowned for the high quality of our installations. For this reason we have held intensive training courses at our UK render manufacturing site for a number of years.

These 2-day courses, carried out by our own technical experts, involve practical involvement as a key element and have covered all aspects of application of Swisslab and Swistherm External Wall Insulation systems.

Alumasc Ventilated System

 

Following the construction of a house using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) within our Installer Training Centre, Alumasc are pleased to announce that a new training course for the installation of the Alumasc Ventilated System is now available.

The Alumasc Ventilated System (AVS) is an engineered ventilated façade system. It is suitable for use on any timber framed building up to 18m in height and can be utilised in-situ on traditional timber frames or SIPS, in off-site manufacture or for modular fabrication. The system can be installed with either a textured silicone, acrylic brick slip or aggregate dash finish to provide a decorative rain screen solution for timber framed construction following TRADA guidelines. The system also comes with a full package of detail drawings.

AVS has a life expectancy of up to 60 years and comes with a 10 year warranty for projects installed by Alumasc Approved Installers and utilising a full AVS specification. The system has been put through rigorous testing and met all requirements set out by both the NHBC and TRADA for timber framed construction.

Opportunities to gain skills in boarding, fixing, beading, application of base renders and top coats, scrim application and the installation of Alumasc’s traditional and Acrylic Brickslip Systems are also available.

Download our Alumasc Ventilated System Brochure by Clicking Here.

To find out more about Alumasc’s Venitlated Facade System click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.

Government reaches one million home target for energy efficiency schemes

Energy efficiency measures have been installed in one million homes as a result of Green Deal Fund External Wall InsulationGovernment schemes, according to the latest figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

By the end of November 2014, the combination of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Green Deal schemes had delivered measures to 1,021,000 homes – four months ahead of the March 2015 target DECC had set itself.

The large majority of installed measures (97%) were delivered through ECO.

Ed Davey, secretary of state for Energy and Climate Change, said:

“Helping to make one million homes in Britain warmer through energy efficiency is great news – and to hit our target early is even better.

One million extra homes already have permanently lower energy bills – whether that’s thanks to better insulation or more effective boilers. The challenge now is to continue this drive – and our next installment of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is coming soon.”

Energy and Climate Change minister Amber Rudd
said:

“More than one million homes across the country – including over 28,000 homes in rural areas – are enjoying a warmer, cheaper and greener winter thanks to our policies.

I want to see energy companies continue to deliver their obligations so more people can reap the benefits and stay warm this winter and every winter.”

However, following the Government’s announcement in December 2013 of proposed cuts to ECO, and an extension to its current targets, the number of measures installed under the scheme have showed month-on-month decline. November 2014 was no exception, with measures down 10% from the previous month.

The implementation of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) was intended to offset the changes made to ECO, but is only available for short periods when funds are released. The most recent phase of GDHIF saw £24m in funding for solid wall insulation – the sector considered most at risk from ECO cuts – swallowed in just over a day, with more funds to be made available in February 2014.

Up to a further £6 million is still up for grabs – homeowners can apply for up to £1,600 if they install two measures from a list of home improvements under the Fund.

If you require further information regarding the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund or ECO please contact Alumasc Facades on 03335771700 or visit our website www.alumascfacades.co.uk.

Source: http://www.rcimag.co.uk/

Government installs over one million energy efficiency measures

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Over a million measures have been installed through the government’s various energy efficiency schemes since the beginning of 2013, according to the latest figure
s released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Between January 2013 and the end of October 2014, 1,023,000 measures have been installed through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), Cashback, the Green Deal and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF). Despite changes to the scheme meaning that it will have its targets significantly reduced, ECO has been responsible for 97% of these measures.

When last recorded by the DECC, over 819,000 properties had installed measures through the energy efficiency initiatives. DECC has promised to complete measures in o
ne million homes by March 2015; a target which it says it is “on course to achieve”.

DECC’s findings also show that despite the relatively low number of Green Deal Plans in use (just over 8,000, with less than half complete and therefore ‘live’), over 420,000 Green Deal Assessments (GDAs) have taken place since the scheme’s launch. Well over one million improvements have been recommended as a result of these assessments, however the majority of households are choosing not to pursue the Green Deal further.

However, in Foundations in Place, the first Annual Report for the Green Deal and ECO, the parliamentary under secretary of state for DECC, Amber Rudd, said: “Surveys consistently report that around 80% of those who received an assessment have said they have installed at least one recommended measure, or have active plans to do so.”

The most common measure to be recommended following an assessment was to improve a property’s loft insulation, which accounted for 14% of all recommended measures and was recommended in 45% of all GDAs. However, when taken together, almost 55% of recommended improvements were for some form of insulation. It is thought this is the reason behind the separation of solid wall insulation into its own fund within the second phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF).

DECC also published updated figures for the first version of the GDHIF, which closed after just six weeks when it was reported that the entire £120m fund was allocated. However, by the end of November 2014, there were over 20,600 active applications under the first GDHIF, totalling around £111m. DECC has yet to announce the allocation of the fund’s remaining £9m.

Ms. Rudd added that both the Green Deal and ECO will continue to undergo changes throughout 2015, with a reduction in ECO’s targets already confirmed for April.

Source: http://www.rcimag.co.uk/

If you would like any further information4 call (0) 3335 771 700 or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk