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Intervention needed to kick-start ECO

By: Rachael Doyle   •   August 30, 2013

 Intervention needed to kick-start ECO, claims insulation industry

By Alex Marshall – Environmental Data Services 28 August 2013 – 12:58 BST

The government must urgently put in place measures to boost the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) energy efficiency scheme or it will fall far short of expectations, according to the National Insulation Association (NIA). DECC should agree a “robust delivery plan” with the seven energy suppliers obligated under the scheme and the insulation industry, said Neil Marshall, the NIA’s chief executive.

This plan must “… include an agreed timeline for the volumes of cavity wall, solid wall and loft
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Wetherby – the non-traditional experts!

By: Rachael Doyle   •   August 29, 2013

In celebration of their continued success in the Non-Traditional Housing arena, Wetherby are planning to release a range of ‘before’ and ‘after’ images on their twitter feed, commencing on 1st September 2013, to help demonstrate the positive thermal and aesthetical impact that their external wall insulations system offer.


The term ‘non-traditional housing’ is often used to describe the variety of building methods that were adopted from the early 20’s right through to the late 1960’s to address the severe housing shortages following the First and Second World Wars.

Since traditional building materials and skilled tradesmen were
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EWI extended lifetimes … latest news

By: Rachael Doyle   •   August 22, 2013

Ofgem have recently approached the trade association NIA regarding recent queries from companies concerning ‘Extended Lifetimes’ being awarded for External Wall Insulation Systems under ECO.

In a message intended to keep members up to speed, Ofgem released the following statement:

‘Ofgem can confirm that although we have received supplier applications for non-standard lifetimes for EWI, and a number of manufacturer enquiries for non-standard lifetimes for a range of insulation products, we have yet to award a non-standard lifetime. We have not considered the evidence received to date sufficient to award a non-standard lifetime

This does not mean that we will not award a non-standard
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NIA express concern with latest Green Deal/ECO statistics

By: Rachael Doyle   •   August 22, 2013

NIA extremely concerned with latest Green Deal/ECO statistics and calls for urgent intervention.

Commenting on the latest Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on 20th August, Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the National Insulation Association (NIA) said: “The figures are extremely disappointing and of great concern. Whilst there was a small increase in the number of insulation installations in June compared to May the number of installations in 2013 remains well short of what is needed and there is no sign of the ramping up in volumes
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Wetherby finalists at 2013 Energy Awards

By: Rachael Doyle   •   August 22, 2013






Wetherby Building Systems are proud to announce that they have been selected as finalists in the 2013 Energy Awards.

This is the third year for the awards, which aims to reward achievements of companies cutting emissions and leading the way in innovative energy use.

Wetherby’s project with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (KMBC) in Kirkby, Merseyside has been shortlisted for the Energy Efficient Retrofit/Refurbishment of the Year.

To date, this innovative project has seen 2050 homes benefit from having external wall insulation installed as the primary energy saving measure. The ‘Kirkby’ project and
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Shifting the blame on energy efficiency

By: Rachael Doyle   •   August 16, 2013

The slow take-up of the Green Deal is down to a lack of understanding, not a lack of companies able to provide the right services. Wetherby’s Marketing Director, Anne-Marie Armstrong addresses the Editor of in response to comments made by Ed Davey in a recent interview …

“I was left utterly shocked and frankly disappointed after reading your interview with Ed Davey (Am I bullish? You bet I am, page 34, 2 August).

Instead of addressing the major issue of the slow take-up of the government’s energy efficiency schemes, Mr Davey had the audacity to pass the blame onto
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Part ‘L’ Changes Unveiled by Goverment

By: Rachael Doyle   •   August 7, 2013

Too Little Too Late?

Last week Baroness Hanham revealed the changes that will come into play following the Part L consultation that took place in 2012. Not coming into effect until April 2014, the changes will be enforced six months later than previously expected – a move that has not gone down well with the industry.

The government’s plans to achieve zero carbon for all new homes by 2016 have suffered a serious set-back, not just due to the delays, but the changes have also been reduced from the initial consultation recommendations. The energy efficiency for new homes has
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EpsiTherm BBA Certificates Arrive!

By: Rachael Doyle   •   August 6, 2013

Wetherby Building Systems are proud to announce that they are the first EWI provider in the UK to gain BBA (British Board of Agrément) certification for a grey EPS insulation board to be used in conjunction with both silicone and dry dash render finishes.

Since the EpsiTherm board completed all BBA testing in May, the new BBA certification allows Wetherby to provide a fully approved external wall insulation (EWI) solution utilising a graphite-enhanced EPS insulation board.

The new certification approves Wetherby’s EpsiTherm insulation board to be used with its Epsiwall (silicone) and Epsicon (pebble dash) systems for new
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