By: Rachael Doyle   •   January 20, 2017

The widely acknowledged skills gap is showing no sign of abating, but it seems plastering is the trade in most demand, according to new research from Wetherby Building Systems.

Wetherby Building Systems has questioned more than 500 construction contractors, consultants, architects and installers to find out what the current issues are within the construction sector.

Construction companies are expecting a tough year ahead, competing for new projects without enough skilled workers, as a third of the contractors, consultants, architects and installers questioned revealed the main challenge affecting current construction projects is a lack of skilled tradespeople

Affecting all corners of
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Investors Planning to Refurb Green Deal Announced

By: Rachael Doyle   •   January 16, 2017

Greenstone Finance and Aurium Capital Markets have acquired the business and assets of the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC), as well as its existing loan book.

Ministers have signed off the deal, selling the Green Deal Finance Company’s (GDFC) assets and remaining loan book in a takeover worth about £40m – a move that will lead to the new owners relaunching the business.

Greenstone Finance, which invests in organisations focused on financing in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and Aurium, a structured finance boutique with a focus on renewable energy, have acquired GDFC Services and its subsidiaries with immediate effect;
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Long-awaited Home Energy Efficiency Review

By: Rachael Doyle   •   December 20, 2016



The long-awaited ‘Bonfield Review’ was released over the weekend which sets out 27 recommendations to boost uptake of home energy efficiency and renewable energy measures.

Domestic energy efficiency measures could soon be sporting a government-backed quality mark if the recommendations of a long-awaited sector review are adopted.

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Making a Difference…The Best Bits of 2016

By: Rachael Doyle   •   December 19, 2016

The Best Bits of 2016

It’s that time of year when we look back and realise what a busy year it has been….

Making a difference 

We are proud that once again this year we have helped thousands of families enjoy warmer, more comfortable homes, reduced heating bills and transformed the appearance of ageing properties.

For 2016 we supplied 1,057,634 m2 of insulation for 21,111 properties being fitted with SWI, generating a total carbon saving of 527,775 tonnes of CO2 and an annual saving of  approx £5,277,750 on fuel bills for residents across the country.

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Wetherby Christmas Opening Times

By: Rachael Doyle   •   December 15, 2016

Season’s Greetings To All Our Customers Please note that we close down over the festive period.

Our last working day is Friday 23rd December 2016 and we will resume normal working hours on Thursday 5th January 2017.

Our Glasgow depot is slightly different and will close 12pm on the 22nd December and re-open 7am on the 6th

We welcome any early orders for delivery 6th January onwards and will endeavour to deliver any orders up to the 22nd December. However, collections are available until 12pm on the 23rd December at our Trade Counters.

Thank you for your custom in 2016 and we look forward to
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By: Rachael Doyle   •   November 30, 2016

A major £6.9m development to construct a new state-of-the-art special educational needs school in Birmingham has utilised external wall insulation from Wetherby Building Systems to help the school operate as a highly energy efficient building.

The Pines School project involved transforming two old derelict buildings, Josiah Mason College and the Canavan building, into a new facility to accommodate 200 reception to year six children with special educational needs (SEN).

The two traditional solid brick buildings were thermally inefficient and Complete Rendering Solutions was tasked with installing an effective external wall insulation (EWI) system to bring the buildings in line
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Tissington Court undergone vital EWI refurb from Wetherby

By: Laura Hennahane   •   November 24, 2016

Tissington Court in Ashbourne, Derbyshire has recently undergone vital refurbishment work to the external walls of the apartment block with the help of Wetherby’s EpsiCoat EWI system.

The external walls of the property were originally installed with a sand and cement render when built which has since failed causing cracks and moisture to form throughout the walls.

Sand and cement render is a traditional but inflexible material and when significant changes in temperature happens, the render is unable to expand and contract with the movement of the building and or the external temperatures causing cracks to happen. Once cracks
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Wetherby Winter Working Practices

By: Rachael Doyle   •   November 21, 2016

Wetherby Winter Working Practices Wet and cold weather conditions during the winter months create many potential problems for rendering. Products and systems must be applied to specification, in the correct conditions and protected adequately. It is important contractors understand the best working practices during these months to reduce the risk of wash offs and product failures:

WBS products must be carefully stored and protected from frost. All bags and tubs must be stored off the ground and kept completely dry; using an insulation board to store products on will help to reduce the chances of the product freezing in
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UK Ratifies Paris Climate Change Deal

By: Rachael Doyle   •   November 17, 2016

Today there has been some positive news for the UK and Energy Efficiency industry as the United Kingdom has signed the world’s first comprehensive climate change treaty to limit global temperature rises.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson this afternoon signed the official ratification documents, which will now be filed with the UN’s climate change secretariat. Making the UK the 111th country to officially sign up to the historic climate change treaty.

Speaking from the COP22 Climate Summit in Marrakesh, Climate Change and Industry Minister Nick Hurd  said ratification of the agreement would give a further boost to a UK low
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By: Rachael Doyle   •   November 16, 2016

Ahead of the Autumn statement next week, our latest research has revealed that the UK construction industry does not have confidence in the current Government to deliver an effective energy efficiency programme.

In a recent survey we conducted with contractors, consultants, architects and installers, only 5% of respondents said they have confidence in the current government to deliver a genuine energy efficiency programme that improves energy efficiency and tackles fuel poverty.

It seems uncertainty is rife among the construction industry with more than three quarters of those surveyed (77%) citing they are currently confused about government energy efficiency
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