bonfield review

Labour MP Steve McCabe calls on government to publish the Bonfield Review – originally due in April – as soon as possible

The government is coming under renewed pressure to publish its review into domestic energy efficiency and renewable energy standards, which was launched last year in response to the controversial shake-up of green building policies.

Chaired by Peter Bonfield, chief executive of the BRE Group, the Bonfield Review was due to be published in April, but was delayed by local elections and the EU referendum campaign

Labour MP for Birmingham Selly Oak Steve McCabe has commented saying
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zero carbon

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has warned London developers to be aware of changes to zero carbon requirements when putting forward planning applications and highlighting the importance to go above and beyond with energy efficiency measures to make homes genuinely ‘Zero Carbon’.

Developers risk having residential schemes rejected by London planners because they are unaware of a zero carbon requirement which comes into force at the end of the summer.

Richard Twinn, policy advisor at the UK Green Building Council, warned many developers are still in the dark.

From the end of the summer the
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Wetherby support NHS Give Blood Campaign

By: Rachael Doyle   •   August 23, 2016

You may have noticed there are some missing letters from our logo, along with multiple famous landmarks and companies all over the world dropping the letters A, B and O.

These are, of course, the letters that represent blood groups. This is all in support of the NHS Blood and Transplant #Missing Type campaign to highlight the global importance of blood donation.

The campaign aims to:

reverse a trend in the decline of new blood donors over the last decade contribute to the 204,000 people we need to attend a donation session for the first time to give blood in
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Wetherby Shortlisted for National Supplier of Year Award

By: Rachael Doyle   •   August 17, 2016

Wetherby Building Systems are proud to announce that they have been shortlisted for ‘National Supplier of the Year’ in the 2016 National Energy Efficiency & Retrofit Awards.

The National Energy Efficiency & Retrofit Awards were launched in July 2015 following the changes in the Government Energy Efficiency Policy. Previously known as the Green Deal & ECO Awards, these awards were set up in 2014 to help motivate the energy efficiency sector in their delivery of the Green Deal Finance Initiative and Energy Company Obligation Scheme.

Now in its 2nd year running, these awards aim to provide public recognition for
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EWI Contributes to Nottingham’s Early Climate Change Achievements

By: Rachael Doyle   •   August 9, 2016

According to Government Data, Nottingham has surpassed its climate change targets four years early in a fight to reduce the cities carbon emissions.

Nottingham has achieved a 33% reduction in the city’s carbon emissions since 2005 due to energy saving measures such as external wall insulation.

Wetherby Building Systems Ltd are pleased to have contributed to the reduction by supplying multiple large schemes with External Wall Insulation systems, providing significant energy efficiency improvements to private and social properties.

The achievement has beaten a target set by Nottingham City Council to reach a 26% reduction by 2020, and means Nottingham is
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Wodensfield: Project profile

By: Rachael Doyle   •   July 20, 2016

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The striking finish on the newly refurbished Wodensfield is outstanding. One of two Hi-Rise building promoting the same design. Case study to follow.


ECO CONSULTATION: A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

By: Rachael Doyle   •   July 4, 2016

carbon emissions ECO Consultation

The publication, this week, of the ECO consultation for the 12 month transition period 2017 – 2018 should go some way to quashing the uncertainty that has been surrounding the solid wall insulation (SWI) supply chain, but there is still much more to be done.

Commenting on the proposals, Barrie Stanley, energy efficiency manager at Wetherby Building Systems, said: “DECC has listened to the industry’s call to focus on helping those in fuel poverty and it is good to see that it has retained a solid wall insulation minimum; however at a level of an estimated additional 17,500 properties
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EWI_Training_Course

Denbighshire County Council has recently partnered with Wetherby Building Systems and Willmott Dixon’s Energy Services in order to deliver a training course to unemployed individuals through their community benefit project IN2 Construction.

As part of this project Wetherby has successfully delivered a ‘Level 1 External Wall Insulation Boarding Applicator Course’ for jobseekers in a bid to enhance their prospects of gaining work on the energy efficiency programmes throughout North Wales.

The IN2 Construction scheme provided a week of theory based learning followed by a two week site placement with Willmott Dixon where they could experience different operational areas including
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Government Sets Ambitious Carbon Emissions Reduction Target

By: Rachael Doyle   •   June 30, 2016

Government Sets Ambitious Carbon Emissions Reduction Target

DECC has this morning announced that the Government is accepting the recommendation of the Committee on Climate Change and setting a target to reduce carbon emissions.

Amber Rudd accepted the advice of the government’s statutory climate advisers, setting a target on Thursday of reducing carbon emissions 57% by 2030 on 1990 levels.

The legally binding “fifth carbon budget” laid in parliament today is tougher than the carbon emissions target the UK is signed up to as part of the European Union, which requires a 40% cut by 2030 on 1990 levels. However, this
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Dorlonco Refurb in High Wycombe

By: Rachael Doyle   •   June 28, 2016

dorlonco before and after

Red Kite Community Housing has recently embarked on a programme to upgrade its housing stock of non-traditional properties in Bank Street, High Wycombe. This programme was set to deliver external wall insulation to 35 Dorlonco properties with the help of Wetherby’s EpsiTherm Insulation and EpsiBrick-7 Brick Slip System.

Non-traditional Dorlonco properties originate from the 1920’s and were considered to be the most successful of their time. This post WW1 style housing was built with a steel frame concealed within the structure giving the impression that they were extremely solidly built. The steel frame was designed to accept a
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