Why choose external wall insulation for your Green Homes Grant?
With the recent announcement of £2 billion in funding from the government to upgrade the energy efficiency of homes across England, now could be the perfect time to go for an external wall insulation (EWI) system.
When you’ve got numerous options available to you including cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, new windows and doors, or a new hot water tank, why should you choose to use your grant on solid wall insulation?
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to make your home more thermally efficient and minimise heat loss. Unless your home is insulated properly however, a more efficient boiler will only generate heat that will still escape through the walls.
Likewise, you might be thinking about updating your windows and doors, but swapping them out for more modern, energy efficient options won’t make a massive difference unless your current windows are poorly sealed, and have been identified as a problem area. Unfortunately, if the majority of the heat loss is through the walls or the roof, upgrading the windows is unlikely to do very much at all.
Insulation is one of the best ways to improve the thermal efficiency of your home, minimising the amount of heat which is lost through weak spots in your home’s construction. As an added bonus it will also impact on the cost of your heating bills, with annual savings of between £105 and £375 according to research by the Energy Saving Trust.
Transform the appearance of your home
Applied to the outer skin of your home, it forms a shell around the existing house, keeping the cold out and the heat in (and vice versa in the hot summer months). As an added bonus you can use it as an excuse to upgrade the exterior of your home with a choice of colours and textured finishes – you can even get a brick-effect finish, so don’t let the thought of losing your brickwork hold you back.
More internal space and less disruption during renovation
So why go for EWI over loft or cavity wall insulation? Well the reality is, not all homes are suitable for all types of retrofit systems. If your home is one of 8.5 million in the UK rated as ‘hard to treat’, an external system is the ideal solution. You also won’t lose any of your inside space like you would if you insulated your walls internally, and as all the work takes place outside there’s much less disruption for you during the renovation.
Get the right advice
The most important factor in choosing howto upgrade your home is knowing which solution is best for your property. The government have committed to advising applicants to the new scheme on the best upgrades for their homes. You may need to have an assessment carried out to determine what will work best for your property. In addition to these assessors, you could also consult a chartered surveyor.
We also have a list of recommended contractors who are the sole providers of our systems, so you know you’re getting a Weber-approved applicator that you can trust with your home. We’re so confident with our BBA-accredited systems that they’re backed with a 10-year guarantee, so you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that you’ve invested in your home with a brand you can trust. What’s more, we’re the only external wall insulation system manufacturer in the UK with over 45 years of experience in the industry.
The government’s Green Homes Grant scheme runs from September 2020 to March 2021, and you can get more information – including information about what TrustMark means – here.
TrustMark is the government-backed accreditation scheme which is designed to ensure that homeowners get an approved installer to carry out any renovations which are covered under the grant scheme. You'll need to get a quotation from a TrustMark registered installer before you apply to the grant scheme.
If you’re a contractor or tradesperson looking for more information about TrustMark accreditation and how to become an approved green grant installer, you can find out everything you need to know here.