Project Profile: Tru Steel Houses, Swansea

By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 12, 2016


Call for action to rid Scotland of its 1.5 million cold homes

By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 11, 2016

Political parties have been urged to commit to ridding Scotland of the “scourge” of cold homes by 2025 after new data revealed that there are up to 1.5 million cold homes in the country.

The Existing Homes Alliance, whose members include WWF ScotlandChangeworks and theNational Insulation Association, made the call following the publication of the newly compiled data which showed that an estimated 1,482,000 households in Scotland currently live in a home that is “unhealthily cold”, i.e. one that is rated below a C EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) standard.

The National Institute of Health and Care
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Park Home Refurbishment

By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 8, 2016

A typical Park Home occupies a thin, single skin wall which makes them difficult to heat. The current provisions for insulation and thermal performance standards for the build of Park Homes suggest they should be built and insulated to a standard that is comfortable for use all year round. However, these standards are significantly below that set by current building regulations, meaning many Park Home owners are living in fuel poverty.

Park Home owner Mrs Dwyer was eager to upgrade the energy efficiency and aesthetics using a Wetherby External Wall Insulation system to enhance the property and help
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Bilborough Fun Splash Day

By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 7, 2016

Wetherby Building Systems are proud to be sponsoring the Bilborough Splash Day alongside Nottingham City Homes, Keepmoat and supporting partners.

The Splash Day is a community event being held at Harvey Hadden Sports Complex in Bilborough Nottingham.

This state of the art community sports village will be hosting the event with activities such as badminton, table tennis , pool events and many more fun activities for all the family.

The event is taking place between 11am and 3pm today, Thursday 7th April.

This will be a fun-filled day for you and the family and there will also be
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Wetherbys EWI solution for CWI Failure – Libeneth Road

By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 6, 2016

Libeneth dry dash

Newport homeowners have recently become victim to old cavity wall failure leaving them left with damp, mould and condensation problems throughout their homes. After inspection from BBC Wales’ Consumer Programme X-Ray, Wetherby’s Epsicon system was then required to rejuvenate the property back to an efficient standard.

Around 250 homes have been reported to be affected all of which are currently owned by Newport City Homes (NCH) housing association. NCH took over all the cities council houses in 2009, however, it is believed the cavity wall insulation (CWI) was installed in all of these 1930’s properties prior to this
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Join us at CIH Wales TAI Exhibition

By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 5, 2016

CIH Cymru TAI 2016 – Wales’ Premier Annual Housing Conference and Exhibition

TAI is CIH Cymru’s annual flagship event and widely regarded as the arena where the Welsh housing world unites to network; the event will look at the major issues and challenges facing the sector not just for 2016 but looking across the whole of the next term of government to 2021.

TAI incorporates the largest exhibition of its kind in Wales featuring more than 60 organisations showcasing the sector’s latest products and services. The event will take place over three days from 26th – 28th April
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Wetherby Wanderers Kilimanjaro Success

By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 5, 2016

kilimanjaro

The Wetherby Wanderers have returned triumphant! Paul, John and Vicki have experienced an emotional roller-coaster throughout the 7 day expedition and we are very proud to say that all 3 of them reached the breath taking summit of Mt Kilimanjaro to live to tell the tale.

I think they all agree that this was the hardest but most satisfying challenge to date with all 3 experiencing highs and lows at every stage. They have been physically and mentally tested throughout this journey and on occasions pushed very close to their limits especially as they were faced
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Grinshill Flats Transformed Through Fusion 21 Framework

By: Rachael Doyle   •   March 29, 2016

A regeneration project in Wellington, Shropshire has recently seen 60 flats transformed within the local community with the installation of External Wall Insulation (EWI).

Wetherby’s External Wall Insulation system was chosen by Wrekin Housing Trust (WHT), through procurement specialist Fusion21’s ‘Supply of Retrofit and Associated Products’ framework. The project aimed at seeing residents benefit from improved energy efficiency within their homes as well as making an aesthetic difference to the community.

About a third of UK homes have solid walls, according to the National Insulation Association and it estimates that around 45% of heat from these
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NIA demands urgent action on fuel poverty

By: Rachael Doyle   •   March 23, 2016

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has called for urgent action including a cross-party debate to be taken following last night’s Panorama Report ‘Too Poor to Stay Warm’, and a new report by the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) which shows a collapse in support for energy efficiency under the current Government / Parliament.

The Panorama Report revealed that: – There are still more than 5m people in fuel poverty (20% of the population) despite a commitment from Parliament in 2000 to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016. – Government is only requiring energy companies to make 1m homes warmer
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The Scottish Government has today announced £14m for an interest free new loans scheme for energy efficiency measures including internal and external wall insulation.

For the first time Housing Associations will be able to apply for loans from the government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland (HEEPS) Loan Scheme.

Until now, the scheme has been open only to owner-occupiers and private landlords. The cash will help meet the cost of installing energy efficiency measures, like internal or external wall insulation or hard to treat cavity walls.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said:

“For the first time the HEEPS loans scheme will be
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