New incentive set to boost EWI industry

By: Rachael Doyle   •   May 1, 2014

In welcome news for the EWI industry, DECC has announced a new Green Deal Home improvement Fund (GDHIF), offering consumers up to £6,000 for installing external wall insulation.

Commenting on the announcement,  Wetherby Building Systems’ Sales Director, Paul Kirby said: “Finally the government has listened to the industry and made steps to improve the Green Deal incentive scheme. It is encouraging news for the EWI industry, which has suffered heavily in the wake of the government’s cuts to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.

“The EWI industry was geared up for a massive surge in installations following the launch
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‘Short-sighted’ ECO cuts will hit tenants

By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 25, 2014

Consultation responses reveal sector’s initial reaction to DECC plans

25/04/2014 | By Pete Apps – Inside Housing

Plans to reduce green subsidies are ‘short-sighted in the extreme’, will leave social housing tenants worse off and waste ‘significant investment’ in insulation projects.

These are the responses to a Department of Energy and Climate Change consultation which closed last week on plans to reduce energy companies’ targets to insulate the homes of poor and vulnerable customers.

The British Property Federation said the proposal to cut back the £1.3 billion-a-year energy company obligation funding ‘will increase the number of people struggling with
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Wetherby one of the UK’s Top 5 Fastest Growing Companies!

By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 13, 2014

North-West based Wetherby Building Systems Ltd, the leading manufacturer and distributor of external wall insulation systems (EWI), is the UK’s fourth fastest growing private company, as revealed in today’s Sunday Times Profit Track 100.

The Sunday Times Profit Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s top 100 private companies with the fastest growing profits and after appearing in the table for the first time last year, ranked 96, Wetherby has shot up the table to fourth, after celebrating its best ever year. A phenomenal 12 months has seen the company’s turnover rocket from £18.4m to £61m, with profits increasing by
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Wetherby shines on the small screen … again!

By: Rachael Doyle   •   April 9, 2014

Wetherby has experienced another five minutes of fame as its products appeared once again on the BBC One series ‘DIY SOS: The Big Build’ on Thursday 6th March 2014.

When the programme producers called looking for companies to supply products and services to help a family in Doncaster, Wetherby happily obliged. This is the fourth such project they’ve been involved in over the last 5 years and marketing director Anne-Marie Armstrong enthused “it’s rewarding to know that we’re able to help such worthwhile causes”. An ambitious project, the DIY SOS team embarked on a challenge to build a two storey
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In a first for the industry, Wetherby Building Systems, the leading manufacturer and distributor of external wall insulation (EWI), has launched a new mineral render which will significantly reduce installation times for contractors and installers, revolutionising external rendering in the UK.


Unlike anything currently available in the UK, Wetherby’s EpsiCoat Mineral Render PLUS has been specifically designed to combat the issues associated with installing EWI in damp and humid conditions. To ensure the successful application of external render, it needs to be installed in the right atmospheric conditions; if the conditions are too wet,
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Going for Growth: contractors have no insulation from energy war Tim Webb – Energy Editor – The Times 10 Mar 2014 00:01:00


Home insulation was the unlikely spark that ignited a bitter battle between the big energy companies and the Government over soaring household bills- a clash of titans that led, ultimately, to ministers agreeing to reduce industry targets to insulate homes in return for knocking £50 off bills. Caught in the crossfire, however, were the small businesses that install that insulation.

Inevitably, there have been casualties. The impact of the cuts to the Energy Company Obligation scheme has
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Green Deal cash back scheme changes announced

By: Rachael Doyle   •   February 26, 2014

The long awaited changes to the governments Green Deal cash-back scheme has finally been announced.

The Green Deal is a government backed scheme to help reduce the UK’s carbon emissions, by improving the energy efficiency of our homes. Many houses in the UK are poorly insulated and have inefficient heating systems. As a result, people have high energy bills, whist living in draughty buildings that leak vast amount of heat.

The recent announcement states that there has been a positive increase in the cash-back available for the customer. This has jumped from 50% to two thirds, with up to
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Manchester £400m Green Deal wins for trio

By: Rachael Doyle   •   February 21, 2014

Three contractors have been signed up to deliver the Green Deal in Greater Manchester to 60,000 homes. Keepmoat, Wates Living and Willmott Dixon Services will deliver energy-efficiency retrofits to 60,000 households over the next five years, Manchester Council has confirmed.

The deal, agreed through the Greater Manchester Green Deal Delivery Partnership, is expected to create 1,000 jobs and will begin in April 2014. The value of the works was not revealed but the council had sought firms for a deal worth up to £400m when it went out to the market in May 2013.

Keepmoat group sustainability director Nigel Banks
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ECO energy cuts throw social landlords into disarray!

By: Rachael Doyle   •   February 14, 2014

Proposed cuts to the energy company obligation have thrown social landlords’ retrofit plans into disarray. Inside Housing reporter Nick Duxbury reveals just how bad the impact is likely to be – and it’s much worse than you thought.

When in December last year, the government confirmed plans to slash the carbon reduction element of the £1.3 billion-a-year energy company obligation by a third, the move was met with dismay by social landlords.

The proposed cut was a coup for energy companies that had won a reprieve from ambitious targets to install 60,000 solid-wall insulation measures each year – and instead
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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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