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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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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