Green Deal & ECO Boosts Cavity Wall and Loft Insulation

17 September 2013

Loft Insulation and Cavity Wall Insulation have received a boost thanks to Government initiatives aimed at lowering carbon emissions and improving energy efficiency.

According to statistics released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), as of 1 July 2013, 16.2 million homes in Great Britain have Loft Insulation (of at least 125mm) fitted, representing an increase of 980,000 homes on the previous year.

The statistics also show that 13.4 million homes now have Cavity Wall Insulation installed, an increase of 460,000 over July 2012.

These increases are being attributed to the Government’s energy saving schemes, both past and present.

Previous schemes, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) ceased on 31 December 2012 but saw a spike in the number of homes being fitted with both Loft Insulation and Cavity Wall Insulation as companies rushed to meet governmental targets.

Since January, the Government has been running operating two schemes to replace these now defunct initiatives: the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation.

Under the Green Deal, householders can apply for a loan to pay for energy saving home improvements, including boiler replacement, double glazing, and a variety of insulation options. The scheme requires the householder to first have a Green Deal assessment, which identifies the most suitable improvements to be made.

As of 30 June, 43,177 Green Deal assessments had been conducted. Of the 125,378 measures recommended during these assessments, 16,787 (13%) were recommendations for the installation of Loft Insulation and another 12,615 (10%) were for Cavity Wall Insulation. In total, more than a third of assessments came with the recommendation that Loft Insulation should be fitted to reduce energy loss.

While uptake of Green Deal plans has been slow, 81% of those that have received an assessment have gone on to install, or plan to install, at least one of the recommendations received, many choosing alternative financing.

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which runs alongside the Green Deal, offers those households that meet certain requirements a non-repayable grant to make energy saving improvements. The scheme, which targets vulnerable households including those with low income, has been very active since launching in January.

According to DECC statistics, 194,751 measures had been installed under the ECO up to 31 July. Of these measures, 77,882 (40%) related to the installation of Loft Insulation, and 66,236 (34%) to Cavity Wall Insulation. This flurry of installation makes up a large part of the most recent increase in British homes fitted with insulation.

As the Green Deal and ECO gather pace, the Government is predicting that even more homes will turn to Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation to combat rising fuel prices.

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