Barker admits Green Deal forecast was ‘spectacularly wrong’

By: Rachael Doyle   •   January 22, 2014

Energy minister Greg Barker has admitted his prediction that 10,000 Green Deal plans would be signed in the first year of the flagship scheme’s operation was “spectacularly wrong”.

Last March, three months into the scheme, Barker told BBC Radio 4: “I wouldn’t be sleeping if we didn’t have 10,000 [signed up to the Green Deal] at the end of the year.”

But official figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) today revealed just 1,119 Green Deal plans have been signed by customers through to the end of December, and only 626 of these were completed
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NIA offers money saving tips to reduce domestic energy bills

By: Rachael Doyle   •   January 9, 2014

With energy bills constantly increasing, householders are being urged to adopt a No.1 New Year’s resolution of making their homes much more energy efficient. The National Insulation Association (NIA) is advising that one sure way for householders to keep the heat in and reduce their energy bills in the future is to install insulation NOW!

The NIA has put together ten facts that will help inform households about the benefits of installing insulation:


1. Around 58% of a home’s heat can be lost through un-insulated walls and lofts. A hassle-free way to save energy and prevent money disappearing
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Another Award Win in the Bag for Wetherby!

By: Rachael Doyle   •   December 6, 2013

Wetherby have been celebrating in style at the annual Knowsley Business and Regeneration awards just recently after picking up the prize in the regeneration category.

The win was for a large scale refurbishment project in Kirkby, Merseyside where 2050 privately owned homes benefitted from external wall insulation installed as the primary energy saving measure in a £15.5m regeneration project. Initiated by Wetherby Building Systems Ltd (WBS) and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (KMBC), the scheme was adopted to improve the energy efficiency of properties in the area.

Phases 1 & 2 of the scheme have proved to be the largest
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NIA calls to strengthen ECO!

By: Rachael Doyle   •   November 28, 2013

With decisions imminent on the future of the Government’s energy efficiency scheme, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), the National Insulation Association (NIA) is urging the Prime Minister and Chancellor to retain the ECO and take the opportunity to make changes to the scheme to significantly increase the number of households receiving help and accelerate the pace of delivery.

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA commented: “It is imperative that we maximise the number of households receiving home insulation measures as quickly as possible for a variety of reasons:



There are over 7m homes requiring solid wall
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Strong ECO scheme must be retained!

By: Rachael Doyle   •   November 19, 2013

With reports today that up to 30,000 jobs could be lost in the insulation and construction industry if ECO is rolled back in the review of green levies and the latest DECC Green Deal/ECO statistics showing that ECO is responsible for delivering 98% of measures but that insulation measures are currently some 50% below Government expectations, Neil Marshall, CEO of the National Insulation Association is calling for the ECO to be maintained and for a significant increase and acceleration in activity levels.

The cost on domestic energy bills of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which provides free and subsidised energy
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Wetherby shortlisted for yet another award!

By: Rachael Doyle   •   November 19, 2013

Wetherby Building Systems Ltd is proud to announce being selected as finalist in the annual Knowsley Business and Regeneration Awards.

Now in its 11th year, the awards celebrates stand out achievement and success in local businesses.

Wetherby have been shortlisted for the Regeneration Scheme category for the highly successful Kirkby Project. 2050 privately owned homes in Kirkby, Merseyside have benefited from external wall insulation (EWI) having been installed as the primary energy saving measure in a £16.5m innovative regeneration project. Initiated by Wetherby Building Systems Ltd (WBS) and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (KMBC), the scheme has already shown significant improve
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ECO makes its mark in Gosport!

By: Rachael Doyle   •   November 5, 2013

After a slow start to the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, which is finally gaining momentum, one of the first locations to benefit from the programme is the coastal town of Gosport in Hampshire, with almost 500 privately owned homes set to take advantage of the energy saving measures.

A severely deprived area, Gosport was historically a major naval and military town associated with the defence and supply infrastructure of Her Majesty’s Naval BASE (HMNB) Portsmouth. In the 1930s Gosport’s industry was dominated by shipbuilding/supplying the Navy and new housing was built to house dockyard workers and Navy servicemen
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Chippenham Homes Upgraded with Wetherby System

By: Rachael Doyle   •   October 23, 2013

Sixty-three Cornish Type-1 homes in Chippenham are in the process of having a Wetherby EWI system installed, as part of an government backed energy saving scheme.

The houses were built in the 1950’s to address the United Kingdom’s post World War Two housing shortage. These particular precast reinforced concrete homes, which have medium-pitched hipped roofs, have been designated defective and are renowned for problems associated with severe horizontal and vertical cracking of the PRC columns, and cracking of the horizontal PC panels and the first floor ring beams. These properties also suffer from high roles of carbonation and significant
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Combating Winter Weather!

By: Rachael Doyle   •   October 18, 2013

Joe Ragdale, Technical Manager for Wetherby Building Systems, discusses how to combat the issues with installing EWI in winter weather conditions

“As winter approaches, many refurbishment projects are likely to be delayed as winter weather conditions cause setbacks on site. This is a particular issue with external wall insulation (EWI) installations as these systems cannot typically be installed in cold, wet conditions.

The majority of EWI render solutions can only be applied in dry conditions with temperatures above 5°C, which poses a major problem for contractors and installers, who cannot afford downtime on projects that are delayed or for
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Government Schemes Boost Wetherby’s Sales

By: Rachael Doyle   •   October 18, 2013

Golborne-based Wetherby Building Systems, the UK’s leading manufacturer and distributor of external wall insulation (EWI) systems, is benefitting from the government’s new energy efficiency schemes as it sees turnover rocket by 232%.

The company has just released its 2012 figures, which reveal an increase in its annual turnover from £18.4m to £61m, with profits rising by 342% during the same period. The latest sales figures come on the back of three previous years of steady growth, with the company’s annual turnover now six times the £9.3m it achieved in 2009.

The dramatic increase in sales can be attributed
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