Renters and landlords to enjoy warmer properties and cheaper bills

By: Rachael Doyle   •   February 5, 2015

DECC has today announced that up to 1 million tenants renting from a private landlord can look forward to warmer homes that cost less to heat, under new government plans.

This is welcome news for tenants, especially low-income and vulnerable households, many of whom are paying over the odds to heat their homes.

From April 2018, landlords will be required by law to get their leakiest properties to an energy efficiency rating of at least Band “E”. Estimates suggest that on average the difference in a heating bill from the least energy efficient properties and those with an energy rating Band
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INCA Launches Manifesto to Improve Energy Efficiency with EWI

By: Rachael Doyle   •   February 3, 2015

The Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) has published a manifesto ahead of the General Election calling on any future Government to set out a clear role for external wall insulation (EWI) as part of a coherent energy efficiency strategy.

The INCA manifesto builds on the findings of the report from the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), Up Against the (Solid) Wall: What Changes to the ECO Mean for Energy Efficiency Policy, which demonstrates the substantial benefits of solid wall insulation for the UK, including the employment, health and social impacts on residents. INCA is calling for support for
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Wetherby supports Cold Homes Week!

By: Rachael Doyle   •   February 2, 2015

Today marks the start of Cold Homes Week, an initiative designed to call on political parties to commit to ending the UK’s cold homes crisis, and Wetherby is giving its full backing to the campaign.

The Energy Bill Revolution, an alliance of charities, trade unions, businesses and consumer groups all committed to ensuring warmer homes and lower energy bills for all, is behind the campaign to raise awareness of the cold homes crisis.

On average, 25,000 people die of the cold each year and at least a third of these deaths are due to living in cold homes. One of
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BT Openreach & EWI Installations

By: Rachael Doyle   •   January 29, 2015

As you will be aware from previous posts on this site, there is a requirement upon installers of External Wall Insulation to notify BT Openreach prior to commencing EWI work, so that they have the opportunity to survey the property prior to installation, to see if any modifications are required to their equipment or cables to avoid these being covered or damaged by EWI.

It would appear that not all installers have been doing this and from an EWI installers perspective, concerns have been raised over BT Openreach costs for this work and the timescales involved in carrying out surveys
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Green levies – where does the money go?

By: Rachael Doyle   •   January 27, 2015

The falling price of oil and gas hasn’t escaped the attention of politicians and householders who are demanding that the “big six” energy firms pass on savings to customers.

E.ON, British Gas, Scottish Power and npower cut their tariffs by between £24 and £35 in the two weeks after the Treasury began investigating energy firms’ prices.

Yet recent intense political pressure is targeted at a portion of overall energy bills – the 47pc that makes up wholesale costs.

A sizeable chunk, 9pc or £112 over the course of a year, goes toward government backed green levies. Government figures show that
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GDHIF re-opens 10th Dec ’14 – £24m for EWI

By: Rachael Doyle   •   December 7, 2014

DECC has announced that the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will re-open for applications on Wednesday 10 December at 9:00am. Full details of phase 2 of the scheme, can be found at:

Key Points for System Manufacturers / Installers:

There will be £30 million available until February 2015 with up to £24 million for SWI and up to £6 million for two other measures. The funding for SWI will be up to a maximum of £4,000 with a contribution of 33% required from the homeowner. There is still funding of £500 available for home buyers applying within
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British Gas Fined For CERT & CESP Failings

By: Rachael Doyle   •   December 4, 2014

British Gas Penalised £11 Million

Ofgem have announced that the country’s biggest household provider, British Gas, is to pay £11.1 million for failing to meet key targets. The announcement comes just a week after power generators  Drax and InterGen were stripped of a record £39m sum for similar failures.

The watchdog said the latest penalty would benefit vulnerable customers after its investigation found British Gas missed its environmental obligations under the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) and Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT).

Under CESP, energy suppliers and generators were required to deliver energy saving measures to households by the end of December 2012.

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GDHIF – Changes to Application & T&C’s

By: Rachael Doyle   •   December 1, 2014

The Insulated Render & Cladding Association have announced today that DECC has recently published updated Terms and Conditions for GDHIF Phase 2 which will reopen for applications shortly after additional funding of up to £100 million was announced earlier this year.


Funding rates and other scheme details will be confirmed by DECC in due course prior to the scheme reopening.

An important change comes to the application process for householders, who will now need to provide the following to complete an application:

Green Deal Advice Report or an Energy Performance Certificate which is less
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Labour release green paper on energy efficiency intentions

By: Rachael Doyle   •   November 10, 2014

Labour have today published a Green Paper, setting out what the party intends to do with the Energy Efficiency Policy if it gets into Government. The contents of the paper are very much in line with the comments made by Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Caroline Flint MP at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester in September. The 6 key actions identified are:


To provide 0.5 million personalised home energy reports a year, detailing how households could save money on their energy bills through insulation and energy efficiency. Free energy efficient improvements for
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Wetherby solutions used to highlight benefits of EWI to DECC

By: Rachael Doyle   •   November 3, 2014

Working in conjunction with the National Insulation Association (NIA), Wetherby has teamed up with approved contractors Hamilton (Building Contractors) Ltd. to highlight to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) the challenges that face occupants of some of the UK’s poorest housing stock and the external wall insulation (EWI) solutions available to them.

Last week, a team of officials from DECC visited the Holmewood Estate in Bradford to see first hand an estate currently undergoing a major refurbishment to thermally upgrade properties with the installation of solid wall installation. During the three hour visit the members of DECC’s Household
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