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Scotland’s HEEP Scheme is Now Open

By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 28, 2016

The Scottish Government has today announced the opening of a £14m 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.

The Scottish Government has made available interest free, unsecured loans of up to
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By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 27, 2016

Wetherby Building Systems has gained British Board of Agrément (BBA) approval for its Epsitec external wall insulation (EWI) system for installation onto timber frame buildings, offering specifiers and consultants further flexibility when selecting systems to work with modern methods of construction.

With increasingly more new build schemes utilising modern building techniques to reduce project timescales and costs, Wetherby has specifically designed its Epsitec system to work with steel and timber frame constructions.  The new timber frame certification is suitable for new and existing domestic and non-domestic buildings up to four storeys in height, while Wetherby holds appropriate fire certification
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Regeneration of Old Church Hospital Site

By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 26, 2016

Old Church

New Swan Homes (NSH) has sought a regeneration project to rescue the former Old Church Hospital site in Romford, Essex. The project sought to revive and modernise the town centre as well as providing low carbon and energy efficient homes through the use of Wetherby’s Epsitec system.

NSH’s development comes after a decade of regeneration work in Romford town centre. The Old Church site was originally a workhouse for the union and was built in 1838; in 1930 the poor law union was abolished and it became the Old Church County Hospital. This was later closed in 2006
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Barking & Dagenham Refurbishment

By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 25, 2016

beacontree EWI

The solid wall mid-rise properties on the Beacontree Estate were one of the first to benefit from sustainable redevelopments through the ECO scheme delivered in London. London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council wanted to ensure that every product and material used would provide energy efficiency, quality, durability and long term performance. This in mind, they turned to the UK leading manufacturer and system designer of External Wall Insulation, Wetherby Building Systems.

These typical solid wall properties were hard to heat and suffered from damp penetration through the walls. The exteriors were in a poor state of repair
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Join us at CIH Wales TAI Expo 26-28th April

By: Laura Hennahane   •   April 25, 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
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Ruddington, New Build Development

By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 21, 2016

Wetherby’s Epsiwall System has seen remarkable results in a new Eco Home development situated just 5 miles south of Nottingham city centre.

The luxurious development call the’ The Approach’  consists of 14 new contemporary properties that will offer the consumer a well insulated home that will cost next to nothing.

The high performance thermally efficient exterior comprises of 120mm EpsiTherm insulation boards, beneficial to the designer, this cost effective insulant is sufficiently resilient and flexible and as a result provides unlimited options when designing new build construction.

Creating a clean, modern look to the lavish homes, designers opted for
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Sylvanus House, Wellingborough

By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 20, 2016

Sylvanus House

The borough of Wellingborough is a typical East Midlands mixture of urban and rural.  With a population of 75,500 spread over 16 wards, 60% of the population live in the town of Wellingborough. The remainder are spread between small market towns, villages and remote farming communities.

Although Wellingborough is surrounded by beautiful countryside within Northamptonshire; the contrast between is evident as the district wards are amongst the wealthiest and most deprived areas in the whole of the country.

According to The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), Queensway is allocated in the 10% most deprived areas in the UK.

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Cameron Close Passivehaus Project, Isle of Wight

By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 19, 2016


A fully certified Passivhaus scheme, using a Wetherby solid wall insulation system has seen the successful completion of 28 homes on this New Build development on the Isle of Wight.

Commissioned by Southern Housing Group, the project comprises 100% affordable units, including 16 houses and 12 apartments on a 1.5 acre site.  The development for Southern Housing Group aimed to provide homes that are low on energy consumption, yet comfortable and healthy for residents to live in.

Isle of Wight Council are focussed on becoming the most sustainable local authority in the UK by 2020 and through their
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Project Profile: Bradley House

By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 15, 2016

Wetherby Respond to NAO Report on Green Deal

By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 15, 2016

The recent report from the National Audit Office (NAO) has branded the scheme poor value for money and accused it of failing to deliver emissions savings.

The NAO said the Green Deal cost taxpayers £240m, primarily through the series of grants that were introduced in an attempt to stimulate demand after the initial launch of the financing scheme failed to attract the thousands of households that had been expected.

It concluded the scheme had “not achieved value for money” and “has not generated additional energy savings”.

However, this determines that there are still thousands of homes seeking energy efficiency measures
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