Solid Wall Insulation 25 Year Guarantee Confirmed

21 February 2013

All future Solid Wall Insulation applied under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) framework will be covered by a 25 year guarantee, according to new guidelines set out by the Government.

Guidance issued by Ofgem states that all ECO work relating to Solid Wall Insulation and completed by an authorised installer will be guaranteed for a full 25 years.

The confirmation comes shortly after the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) unveiled its Green Deal and ECO schemes, set up to assist householders in improving the energy efficiency of their property.

Solid Wall Insulation, Solid Savings

Solid Wall Insulation is just one of the energy efficient home improvements available under the Green Deal and ECO.

The schemes have been initiated to help those households already living in fuel poverty to improve energy efficiency and reduce bills. They have also been designed to help prevent other households falling into fuel poverty.

The ECO, is set to run alongside the Green Deal and was introduced in January 2013 to replace the existing Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP).

Under the ECO, energy suppliers are obliged to aid customers in making energy efficient changes to their property, with further importance being placed on vulnerable households, including those more likely to be affected by fuel poverty.

It is estimated that up to 40% of all energy lost from a property passes through solid and exterior walls, making Solid Wall Insulation one of the most productive improvements that can be made, and one that the Government wishes more households to consider.

Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee

The Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA) has been set up to provide further peace of mind for those improving the insulation of their solid walls.

SWIGA has been responsible for creating a quality assurance framework against which all work relating to solid and external wall insulation can be held up to.

Installers that meet the framework will be given approved membership status, and any work they complete under the ECO will come with a full guarantee, providing it uses SWIGA certified systems.

The Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee includes complete coverage against materials, design and workmanship for 25 years, as well as coverage up to a sum of £20,000 for remedial damage and fabric damage.

The move brings Solid and Exterior Wall Insulation in line with Cavity Wall Insulation, which is overseen by the Cavity Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (CIGA). As with SWIGA, the guarantee for Cavity Wall Insulation lasts for 25 years.

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