Watford’s winning ECO scheme!

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Wetherby has been awarded the EWI element of a major £20m ECO scheme to provide carbon saving measures to four of Watford Community Housing Trust’s housing estates over the next two years.

In the first project of its kind, the two year ECO-funded programme is the largest in the UK and will see 4,700 homes, across four of WCHT’s estates, fitted with carbon saving measures by 2015.

Cosyseal Group, a business specialising in the installation of energy saving measures to the social housing sector, has been appointed by WCHT to manage the large-scale project and it required an experienced EWI partner with a proven track record to design an appropriate EWI solution.

Wetherby has been enlisted to design and supply an effective EWI system that will not only be thermally efficient, but will also improve the aesthetics of all 4,700 homes included in the project, to provide a more attractive appearance for the community. The EWI provider will also be responsible for regulating the installers on site to ensure all systems installed meet the strict ECO guidelines.

Wetherby was selected for this project due to its unrivalled experience in providing EWI solutions for large-scale regeneration projects, as Jamie Scott Robson, Cosyseal Group’s project manager for the WCHT scheme explains: “With such a major project, we needed to ensure that all the partners we work with have the expertise to handle such work.

“Wetherby’s experience of successfully installing EWI solutions over the last 15 years, combined with its knowledge of working under strict ECO guidelines, made it the ideal choice for us for this project. Wetherby provided EWI systems for some of the UK’s largest schemes under the CESP and CERT schemes and, under the transition to ECO, has continued to supply solutions for some of the major ECO projects.”

In addition to WCHT’s housing stock, the option to have EWI installed will also be rolled out to all private homeowners within the same estates, who will be able to receive the energy-saving measure free of charge under the ECO scheme, subject to conditions.