Accredited External Wall Insulation Could Save Hundreds

16 July 2013

A new accredited External Wall Insulation system could save householders hundreds of pounds a year on their energy bills as part of the Government's latest energy efficiency initiatives, it has been revealed.

Brickshield, a system of External Wall Insulation created by Ibstock Brick in partnership with Rockwool, has recently received accreditation from the British Board of Agrement (BBA), making it an attractive solution for those looking to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Andrew Halstead-Smith, Group Marketing Manager at Ibstock Brick, explains: “Approval from the BBA makes our BrickShield solution a completely unique offering to the market. The accreditation means that BrickShield not only offers outstanding aesthetics, but now also comes with independently proven system performance. ”

“As the industry gears up to the possibilities presented by the Government-backed ECO and Green Deal, aimed at tackling the poor energy efficiency performance currently prevalent across the UK's housing stock, BrickShield can offer housing associations, specifiers and homeowners an attractive and viable means to improve the energy performance of an older house, without compromising on appearance or performance. ”

The Government estimates that almost eight million homes in England and Wales could benefit from External Wall Insulation, also known as Solid Wall Insulation, with annual savings estimated at up to &apound;475. As such, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is looking to promote better energy efficiency through insulation.

Launched in January, the Government's Green Deal offers householders the opportunity to make energy saving home improvements using funding from private companies. Under the scheme, following an initial assessment, householders are able to take out a loan to pay for an assortment of energy efficiency measures, including Solid Wall Insulation. The loan is then repaid via the property's energy bill over a period of up to 25 years.

The scheme is unique in that it operates under a golden rule which states the cost of repayment must not exceed that of the savings made by installing the measures. As a result, even with the interest rates added on, householders should not be out of pocket for using the scheme.

Running alongside the Green Deal is a second energy efficiency initiative, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). The ECO provides financial assistance to households with a low income or vulnerable residents, as well as so-called ‘hard to treat’ properties. Solid Wall Insulation is one of the measures that households meeting ECO requirements can apply for full funding for.

According to Ibstock, External Wall Insulation is mainly suited to properties built before 1930 as well as some ‘system built‘ properties from the 1960s and 70s.

Properties built after 1930 that do not feature solid walls may benefit from Cavity Wall Insulation. Like External Wall Insulation, financing for Cavity Wall Insulation is available as part of both the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation.

The Government estimates that six million homes in the UK could benefit from Cavity Wall Insulation with estimated annual savings of up to £135.

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