The latest monthly statistics from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) show that almost 1,800 Solid Wall Insulations (SWI) installations were completed under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) in April, bringing the total number so far to just over 16,500.
By the end of April, over £96 million had been paid out of the combined pot of £220 million for the first three phases of the scheme.
The number of Green Deal (GD) assessments decreased by 40% in April which DECC attributed to the Easter break; however, the number of GD Plans increased by 11%. 22% of GD Plans were ‘new’ (quote accepted), 19% were ‘pending’ (Plan signed) and 59% were ‘live’ (all measures installed).
Just under 4,400 SWI measures were installed under ECO in March, more than double the number of installations in February, as energy companies tried to complete their carbon allocation before ECO 2.0.
For more information on various funding for External Wall Insulation visit our dedicated EWI Funding Page.
The Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) have submitted a comprehensive response to the SWI Review led by Chief Construction Advisor Peter Hansford which highlighted the wide-ranging benefits of SWI and made the case for consistent policy to support its delivery on a larger scale.
INCA will be following up its submission by giving oral evidence to Peter Hansford in May and presenting the industry’s position on what could be done to unlock demand for SWI, improve its affordability and increase its attractiveness as a solution. The commission will deliver a final report to the Green Construction Board in June.
The response to INCA from the ‘Solid Wall Insulation Review – Call for Evidence’ can be viewed by clicking here.
Alumasc Facade Systems is a full member of INCA as a ‘System Designer’. For more information on INCA visit www.inca-ltd.org.uk and for more information on Alumasc Facade Systems click here.
The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) Claims Portal is now accepting phase 2 vouchers for payment. To begin the process of redeeming a voucher, a homeowner must provide their voucher reference, email address used on their application, and property address. At that point, they will need to upload their completed voucher and an invoice for the energy saving measure(s) together with the GDAR invoice and/or relevant documentation for the Homebuyer’s Bonus (if applicable). GDHIF is currently closed to SWI applications and an announcement on further releases of funding is expected in February.
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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
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.
The latest GD and ECO statistics released by DECC show that 34,050 Green Deal assessments were lodged up to the end of May with 23,811 in May itself which was the second highest number in any month to date. 818,701 measures were installed under ECO up to the end of April, 53,329 of which were External Wall Insulation (6.5%).
Confirmation has arrived from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) that an extra £450 million of funding will be available outside of ECO to help create more demand for Solid Wall Insulation.
The Insulated Render and Cladding Association and DECC have been liaising closely on developing the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. The Fund will offer a grant of anything up to £6,000 with a 25% contribution from the homeowner.
Solid Wall Insulation will be available as a single measure however a choice of two extra measures from the approved list of 12 will be required otherwise the grant available will be a limit of £1,000.
£120 million of total funding will be made available until March 2015 and the rates of the grant will be guaranteed for the first £50 million. More information can be found via the DECC Press Release.
If you would like further information on how we can help you then call Alumasc Façade Systems on +44 (0) 3335 771 700.
The National Insulation Association (NIA) has been working with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to seek relaxations and improvements to the planning process for Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) ahead of Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
The NIA announced this week that DCLG has now published revised guidance clarifying that the installation of SWI, also known as External Wall Insulation (EWI), constitutes an ‘improvement ‘ to a house rather than an ‘enlargement’ or ‘extension’.
The result of this is that in many cases the installation should be able to go ahead under permitted development and a planning application should not be required (outside of conservation areas etc.). DCLG have written to lead planning officers in Local Authorities alerting them to this clarification.
Representatives from the NIA will meet with DECC officials on this matter later this month to assess the implications of the relaxation in planning and discuss what further improvements can be made.
The revised guidance can be found on page 13 of the DCLG document ‘Permitted Development for Householders: Technical Guidance’ and can be accessed via the link below:
As Mr. B. Dylan once sang….”the times they are a-changing”.
External Wall Insulation in the UK housing market has long been the well kept secret of social landlords and those not afraid of building a new wall without a cavity. Now, thanks to the good people at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and ably assisted by the Insulated Cladding and National Insulation Associations, INCA & NIA, solid wall insulation is set to become the thermal upgrade for the masses.
The country’s existing housing stock is ready for Solid Wall Insulation. Just as double glazing and draft excluders started the work on the UK’s pre-cavity properties, so the next stage in these energy conscious times is to do something about solid 9-inch brick walls. Why should we have to revert to wearing a jumper in the comfort of our own homes when we can improve our houses? For there to be any chance of meeting UK targets for thermally efficient dwellings and reduction in energy use, the solution of wrapping your home in its own externally insulating ‘jumper’ may be the most credible answer.
For more details on Alumasc’s Energy Savings Trust accredited External Wall Insulation systems, visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk.