NEWS

Mark Group Wins £1.8M External Wall Insulation Contract

13 December 2013

Hundreds of properties in South Wales are to benefit from External Wall Insulation thanks to a new deal struck with an energy efficiency specialist.

Monmouthshire Housing Association has inked a deal with the Mark Group that will see almost £2 million invested in improving insulation in the region’s poorest households.

Some 244 properties will have External Wall Insulation fitted as part of the scheme, with estates in Abergavenny, Caldicot and Chepstow having been pinpointed for work.

Properties to benefit from the insulation include tower blocks, bungalows, terraced housing and semi-detached houses.

The Mark Group, a Leicester-based company, is a specialist in energy saving home improvements. The company arranges for the fitting of solar panels, heating systems, Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation, as well as External Wall Insulation.

In a statement, business development manager, Mark Plumb said: “With the price of our energy bills increasing, reaching low-income families and helping them to be more energy efficient is an important task.”

The scheme will be funded by the Energy Company Obligation, a Government initiative set out to help the poorest households in Britain reduce their carbon emissions and cut their fuel bills.

Residents in the region in receipt of certain benefits will be entitled to have External Wall Insulation fitted free of charge.

Monmouthshire Housing Association hopes the scheme will reduce energy bill by as much as £490 per year. It also believes homes will be given a new lease of life as a result of the scheme.

Chief executive, John Keegan, explained via the Leicester Mercury: “The association aims to provide housing which is desirable and sustainable and is constantly striving to improve and upgrade the energy efficiency of its residents' housing – this project fits that purpose exactly and we're delighted with the finished product.

“These houses are a solid construction and have no cavities to be able to provide cavity wall insulation, so Mark Group has set to work fixing insulation slabs to the outside walls of the properties, and then rendering them – not only providing better heat insulation, but also making them look aesthetically new.”

The Energy Company Obligation has come under fire for adding a levy to existing fuel bills, but the Government maintains that the scheme is beneficial in a number of ways, including the creation of much-needed jobs across the country.

Much of the External Wall Insulation work to be carried out as a part of this project will be completed by local tradesmen.


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