Alumasc EWI Systems Boost Energy Efficiency On The Victoria Estate

Victoria Estate, FeatherstoneSwisslab and Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI) Systems from Alumasc, have been used in the refurbishment of the Victoria Estate in Featherstone, West Yorkshire – a large housing estate of terraced properties managed by Wakefield and District Housing (WDH).

WDH, the largest housing provider in the region, appointed Effective Energy to deliver funding under the ECO initiative for EWI as part of their on-going programme of works at Victoria Estate. The programme also included solar panels, energy efficient boilers, roof and facia soffit repairs, which resulted in a complete external facelift.

In total, Alumasc Registered Contractor CPM Contracts, installed Alumasc EWI systems to 109 properties, in order to provide an energy efficient, weatherproof exterior to the solid brick construction homes, with the added benefit of transforming their appearance, with the new, attractive render finishes.

VictoriaEstateAfter3The lower halves of the properties were fitted with Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI system, faced with a brick-effect render in dark terracotta. This provided a weather resistant exterior, which is highly resistant to impact damage. The upper wall areas were completed with Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI system, incorporating a tinted, high performance Silkolitt silicone render. 90mm EPS insulation formed part of both EWI systems, enhancing thermal performance, resulting in warmer homes.
Both systems were specified by CPM in order to fulfill the client’s brief which required the refurbished properties to blend in with the privately owned properties on the estate. Another challenge was presented by the differing number of outbuildings and building details that needed specific angle beading incorporated to allow for a smooth profile at the properties.

Ian Carter, Managing Director at CPM Contracts, comments:

“This was the first time we had used Alumasc’s EWI systems and we’re delighted with the results. The technical support available to us was first class – the Alumasc team helped us ascertain the correct specification before we started works and offered continuous support throughout the project.

WP_20140924_003The finished result is excellent and we’ve already specified Alumasc EWI at our next project which sees the refurbishment of another 100 properties in the area.”

Speaking about the difference that the EWI has made to the comfort of her home, a Victoria Estate resident said:

“The difference that the insulation has already made is very positive. My gas smart meter payments have gone from £80-£100 per month, down to £35-£40. I’m delighted with the cost savings so far, and my house also feels much warmer and cosier.”

Alumasc EWI systems are BBA approved, fully warranted and are available with a range of design and specification options, across many building types.

For more information, please visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email 

 

Green Deal & Eco Award – Insulation & Fabric Installer of the Year

GreenDealAward3Alumasc installer ECO People have been awarded the ‘Insulation & Fabric of the Year’ award following the refurbishment of 15 &17 Mayfair Avenue, London.

The two houses were installed with external wall insulation, using the Alumasc Swisslab system, completed with a Rendabrick Effect Finish.

The award was given at the regional Green Deal & Eco Awards, covering the London area.

Swisslab eliminates cold bridging, condensation and mould growth and protects the structural fabric of the building.

Primarily suited to building refurbishment where the structure provides continuous support for the insulation, the system is fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable and allows the fabric of the building to act as a heat store, increasing thermal efficiency thus reducing energy bills.

Swisslab can be installed over solid masonry, concrete panels (NLB), No Fines concrete and masonry with cavity and is particularly suited to the treatment of non-traditional house types such as BISF, Orlit, Wates, Cruden, Airey and Athol.

The houses were finished using Alumasc Rendabrick Brick Effect to produce a true brickwork finish.

GreenDealAward4A durable, lightweight render finish with increased bond strength over sand and cement, Rendabrick is resistant to cracking and crazing and fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable.

Rendabrick is used to simulate the appearance of brickwork and is also used to create new effects and details with a choice of two mortar and two brick colours.

Speaking of the award win, Facades Area Manager for London Michele Rawlings said, “I would like to congratulate ECO People on the award win in recognition of their excellent work on this project and their trust in the Alumasc brand.”

“Since these two installations on Mayfair Avenue, ECO People’s expertise has paid dividends and the complete street will soon be refurbished using our Alumasc Facades Products.”

To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.

Green Deal & Eco Award – Project of the Year 2015

Green Deal Award AlumascAlumasc is pleased to announce, trusted contractor MSH Finishes was recently awarded the ‘Project of the Year’ at the London Regional Green Deal & Eco Awards 2015.

The award was given due to the outstanding work completed at the Albert Road Flats & Maisonettes in South Woodford, London.

The flats and maisonettes underwent a refurbishment with External Wall Insulation, using Alumasc Facades Swistherm direct fix system.

Swistherm is fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable and allows the fabric of the building to act as a heat store, increasing thermal efficiency.

The system eliminates cold bridging, condensation and mould growth and protects the structural fabric, limiting movement and thermal shock and freeze-thaw cycles associated with traditional brickwork façades.

The Swistherm EWI system is highly resistant to impact damage, is rated Class 0 for surface GreenDealAward2spread of flame and contributes to sound reduction within the external wall construction

Speaking of the award win, Facades Area Manager for London Michele Rawlings (pictured above with Michael St Hill of MSH Finishes) said, “I would like to congratulate MSH Finishes on the award win in recognition of their excellent work on this project and their trust in the Alumasc brand.”

“The award shows that Alumasc continues to deliver high quality products to both clients and contractors alike.”

To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email 

Phase 3 Opens for Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

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The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) Phase 3 is now open for applications with £70 million available for both solid wall insulation and/or two measures.

Phase three was launched today (Monday 16th March) at midday and the funding for Solid Wall Insulation will be up to a maximum of £3,750 and the rate for two measures will be £1,250.

There have been no major changes to the Terms and Conditions for Green Deal Providers and Installers but funds are limited and Department of Energy and Climate Change may vary the terms of the scheme, including the funding rates, or suspend or close the scheme, with immediate effect, without notice and at any time.

Customers will be able to redeem Phase 3 vouchers from Wednesday 1 April.

To find out more the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, click here to visit the gov.uk website.

For more information about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.

GDHIF Phase 1 Vouchers Extended

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DECC recently confirmed in a press release that Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) phase 1 vouchers will be extended to 31 March 2015.

This one-off voucher extension, which is effective immediately, applies to vouchers that have an expiry date before 31 March 2015 and have not yet been redeemed including vouchers that have already expired.

To claim, eligible householders should complete the work and submit their voucher to the scheme administrator by 31 March 2015.

Phase 2 vouchers for for solid wall insulation are not be affected and will be valid for six months as per the expiry date on the voucher; however, DECC is 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.

To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.

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.

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/

GDHIF Phase 2 – Latest Update

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The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) remains closed to SWI applications after the £24 million of funding available for SWI under phase 2 was allocated in less than two days at the end of last year.  Further releases of funding will be announced on a quarterly basis with the next tranche expected in February.

DECC is currently reporting separately on GDHIF phase 2 and the last weekly report on 7 January shows that 1,533 vouchers including SWI have been issued out of a total of 5,520 applications.

For more information on the Green Deal please contact Alumasc Facades on 01744 648 400 or visit our website www.alumascfacades.co.uk

NIA sets out ambitious plans for 2015

national_insulation_association_logoAt the National Insulation Association’s (NIA) Annual Conference which took place on 4th December 2014, its Chief Executive briefed members on the plans the association had to stimulate the markets for external wall insulation and position its members as the preferred choice for householders and specifiers in 2015.

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA commented: “With solid wall insulation installations expected to be minimal under the Energy Company Obligation due to Government cuts earlier this year and the stop start nature of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) the NIA will be focusing greater attention on stimulating solid wall insulation activity in other market sectors including new build and commercial refurbishment. The theme of our conference was ‘Building a Sustainable Future for our Industry’ and that is exactly what we intend to do.

“As well as creating additional opportunities for members we will be clearly positioning and promoting NIA members as the preferred choice to carry out external and internal wall insulation work. We will of course be continuing to work very closely with Governments throughout the UK to help in shaping the various Government and energy company funded grants and schemes to maximum effect.”

NIA will be supporting its solid wall insulation members in 2015 with the following services:

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iding information and advice on opportunities in different market sectors, funding available and how to access these.

– Promoting the benefits of solid wall insulation and using NIA members to householders, funders and specifiers in the domestic, new build and commercial markets. NIA has around 100,000 hits on its website each year from people looking for companies to carry out work.

– Introducing a new quality and service charter for NIA members to clearly differentiate them from non-members and provide competitive advantage when quoting or tendering for work.

– Working in partnership with housing providers, builders, framework operators and other specifiers in encouraging them to request NIA membership to work on projects.

In conclusion Marshall added: “2014 has been a volatile and challenging year for solid wall insulation companies particularly with the changes to the Energy Company Obligation and the feast and famine nature of the GDHIF. As a trade association committed to delivering added value to its members, we are determined to support our membership in accessing sustainable business opportunities going forward.”

Source: http://www.nia-uk.org

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Phase 2 Closed to SWI

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The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) was closed to SWI applications less than two days after reopening last week after all the funding available for SWI under phase 2 was allocated.

Figures released by DECC on 12 December revealed that 5,882 applications including SWI were received in just under 30 hours totaling £24 million, which was the amount ring-fenced for SWI.  Only 196 applications were received for two other measures and DECC confirmed in a press release that the scheme remains open for this type of application with almost £5.8 million still available.  Further releases of funding will be announced on a quarterly basis with the next tranche expected in February 2015 and INCA is liaising with DECC regarding the ‘recycling’ of funding from phase 1 vouchers which are not redeemed.