Could Zero Carbon Homes Make a Return?

By: Rachael Doyle   •   May 10, 2016

Earlier this week during the Lords Report Stage of the Housing and Planning Bill, the House of Lords defeated the Government on the zero carbon homes amendment. The defeat – by 48 votes – could see the reintroduction of Zero Carbon Homes, the on-site carbon compliance standard, the Government unfortunately scrapped last year.

Whilst it is a clear sign that there is still much belief in the Zero Carbon Homes standard, the Bill will now go back to the Commons where both Houses of Parliament seek to pass their respective versions of the Bill. But the outcome could
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The Striking iCentrum New Build Development

By: Rachael Doyle   •   May 6, 2016

The striking iCentrum building incorporating Wetherby’s Epsicoat system is the first in a phase of new developments located in Birmingham. The 41,700sq ft. building is situated next to the Faraday Wharf and Aston University is due to deliver 400 high-value skilled tech jobs; generating £25m of GVA to the local economy per annum.

The £8 million project was designed in partnership by Acivico and successfully delivered by Midlands based company Thomas Vale Construction Ltd. Over the 60 week build programme the development site will be transformed into a state of the art facility for growing technology companies.

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Project Profile: Willenhall, Coventry

By: Rachael Doyle   •   May 4, 2016

Willenhall Flats PS

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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