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Will EWI keep homes warm in 2018?

With the recent launch of the government’s 25-year environment plan, the rising awareness of climate change and the plan to gradually switch to electric cars, 2018 has been kick-started with the hot topic of energy efficiency. Here at EWI Store, energy efficiency is something that we deal with on a daily basis. So, let’s look into the crystal ball to see what 2018 might bring for the popularity of external wall insulation?

Will new Landlord EPC Regulation bring about more external wall insulation installs in 2018?

If you hadn’t heard of it, the new legislation basically dictates that from the 1st of April 2018, both private domestic and commercial rental properties will need to have an energy performance rating of E.

If you are newly renting out a property or renewing/extending a rental contract after April 2018, then the rental property must have an energy performance certificate of E. For all other landlords with existing tenancies, then the energy efficiency rating will need to be at E by the 1st of April 2020 (for domestic properties only). Any landlord in breach of this will face a penalty fine of up to £4,000. There are however some exceptions to the rule, so more information about the new legislation can be found here.

Many landlords can up their energy efficiency rating with just a few tweaks to their properties, such as draught-proofing, pipework insulation or hot water cylinder insulation. However, others may need to consider more extreme measures.  External wall insulation could be an option for landlords because it will dramatically improve your EPC rating. EWI will also save you/your tenant hundreds on energy bills every year and improve the external appearance of your property, which overall increases how appealing your property might be to potential tenants.

Since the new legislation, we have had a lot of phone calls from both worried and motivated landlords showing an interest in EWI. The good news is that depending upon the weather, EWI can only take two weeks to install so if you’re in a panic about running out of time to get your EPC rating up before April, then EWI could work.

So how is this all going to be enforced? The downside is that local authorities are going to be in charge of enforcing these regulations. If you are suspected to be noncompliant with the regulations when basically you should be, then your local council can request from you more information about your property and the EPC rating/measures you have taken to ensure you are compliant with the regulations, and if you are found to be within breach you will be fined.

However, there are doubts about whether local councils will actually have the time and the money to invest in ensuring that this is upheld. The question is which departments will this workload be put onto will be responsible for this?

 Fire risks of Cladding and External Wall Insulation in 2018

This is a very exciting time for taking a step towards environmental awareness, however tragic events in our recent past have definitely altered the public opinion towards retrofitting and cladding. The Grenfell Tower disaster has impacted the public and governmental awareness of fire safety and hazards associated with cladding. Going forward in 2018, we suspect that there will understandably be a huge amount of public confusion as to which external wall materials present a fire safety risk, and the performance of cladding when exposed to fire has therefore become a key concern for homeowners who are considering EWI.

When it comes to the Grenfell tower tragedy, the cladding installed onto Grenfell Tower was called Rainscreen cladding, or ventilated cavity cladding, and was installed as a means of waterproofing with an inner layer that also offered some thermal insulation. The plastic core of the first waterproof layer of the cladding was suspected of being flammable and therefore allegedly provoked the spread of fire, whilst the air cavity between the two layers of the cladding (waterproof layer and thermal insulation layer) further fuelled the fire (according to current reporting).

External wall insulation is fitted onto a property tightly to the wall (it’s basically glued on) with no cavities in between the materials on a standard masonry property (main property type in the UK). Therefore, there is very little risk of large-scale air circulation in between the materials, which would contribute to a fire. It is also made up of fire-resistant, non-combustible insulation boards such as Rockwool in some systems. If used with the EPS (expanded polystyrene), the EPS – like the Rockwool – is encased with a plaster-based adhesive both on the internal and the external sides of the boards, mitigating the risk of surface fire spread.

External wall insulation materials are manufactured and tested according to rigorous building regulations and standards. If you are using BBA (British Board of Agrément) approved products, and they are installed with the correct system specifications, then fire risk of these systems should be at a minimum.

We wanted to highlight these risks to potential end users and/or the improvers (e.g. landlords, funders, etc), and once they are understood, we have seen that this shouldn’t wane the appetite for EWI improvements to properties. The industry will wait on any updates, and will apply the suggested practices that come out as a result.

The Green Deal funding in 2018, may lead to a surge in EWI installations

As of 2017, the government are soft-launching the previously unsuccessful Green Deal scheme again. What this means is that people can get grants for home improvements which would improve the energy efficiency of their homes. A nice summary of the Green Deal 2017, was written by TheGreenAge. Click here for more details.

But what this means is that there may be a window of opportunity for homeowners to get low interest finance for energy saving improvements such as external wall insulation. The basics of how the funding works is that you can get your property assessed by an approved Green Deal Provider, and for any recommendations on home improvements that they give you then you can get funding for the installation of them (note: there are several ways that you can choose to pay for the work).

Say, for example, you were recommended a new boiler. You would then be able to set up a finance plan and re-pay the borrowing with the approximate money you are saving on energy. The money is repaid by being charged to your electricity bills.

The downside to this is that the approved Green Deal adviser would have to recommend that you require something like external wall insulation (EWI), so properties with solid walls may be more likely to get the funding for it.

So, if the Green Deal scheme has been improved since the last time, then the opportunity for people to get EWI could be greater – which is fantastic for improving levels of energy consumption in homes.

Our thoughts on 2018, External Wall Insulation Growth

Despite the negative headlines for the industry in 2017, there is a lot to be optimistic about in 2018. Here at EWI Store, we have spoken to some very enthusiastic installers and customers about what they want to do with External Wall Insulation in 2018. We are finding that many people are really worried about the potential rises in energy bill prices, and with EWI being such a great measure for reducing heating consumption, it makes it the perfect thing to do. Read our blog post on the future of EWI for more about our thoughts on the matter.

Alternatively, we expect many people not to be motivated by incentives over energy consumption, and future energy prices, but are motivated by the aesthetic improvements that can be achieved of installing a rendered or a decorative finish.

If you are looking for a local installer who can provide you with competitive quotes for external wall insulation, then do give us a shout as we can point you in the right direction!

EWI installers in the Midlands

Finding EWI installers in the Midlands

Finding an EWI Installer for a proper EWI installation is vital to ensuring that your EWI and render will last for years to come. Choosing which company to use for your EWI installation can be a daunting and overwhelming process. Who can you trust to ensure that they will do a good job and not waste your hard-earned money on poor quality materials and sub-par installation?

At EWI Store, we have a list of approved EWI installers who we are proud to have representing us, and who are ready and waiting to assist our customers with any of their EWI installation needs. We ensure that all our installers are fully trained in the appropriate methods of EWI installation, and we regularly quality-check their work. If you are a home-owner based in the Midlands area, looking to install EWI onto your property, then read on!

We wanted to introduce to you one of our fantastic installers based in the Midlands who we couldn’t recommend more,  Kooka Developments headed by Bobby Cook!

Kooka Developments are a highly trained, reliable company who specialise in external rendering and EWI. Working in the trade for 8 years, Kooka Developments have a wealth of experience and knowledge to make your EWI installation a smooth and stress-free process. Kooka developments work closely with EWI Store, using our BBA (British Board of Agrément) approved products to ensure that all of your EWI expectations are met.

So what services do Kooka Developments offer?

• Silicone Thin Coat Through Coloured Render
• Pebble Dashing
• Insulation Works
• Plastering
• Fascias, Soffits and Gutters
• External Dormer Renovation

According to Kooka, the most popular render type with their customers is the 1mm Silicone system, because it looks smooth from a distance. Below you can see some pictures of an installation, and read an EWI installation review from one of their many happy customers.

You can contact Kooka Developments by phone or email on: 07490968499 info@kookadevelopments.co.uk

Kooka Developments EWI Installation review

”I would like to express my satisfaction with the standard of work carried out by Bobby from Kooka Developments at our house in Leicester.

We had a lot of building work carried out at our house over the last several years and the end result was that we had various different colours of bricks. The best way to have a uniform look rather than an unsightly appearance due to bricks laid over varying periods of time was to render the brick work.

We were very fortunate to have somebody of the calibre of Bobby to carry out the work.

Bobby was very clear about the number of visits that would be required to complete the work and what work would be done at each of the visits -prep, first coat etc.

He was punctual and very methodical in the way the project was carried out.

Despite some hiccups due to the weather conditions, it was very reassuring to know from him the reasons why it was best not to work on days when the conditions were not ideal to render – the work at my house was carried out during a rather cold period of time when it is critical for optimum conditions for the render to hold.

Bobby’s professionalism and value for money turned out to be a very worthwhile investment for us and I would have no hesitation in recommending him for any work that entails rendering where a high quality and durable finish is required.”

For more company reviews, take a look at their page on checkatrade.

Professional EWI Installations in the Midlands

If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you will probably already know the many benefits of EWI to your home. If not, then EWI involves securing special insulation boards to the exterior of your property, and then applying render over the top to create a fresh, clean finish. EWI is suitable for many different types of properties and is a great option for achieving a number of things:

• Improving the thermal comfort of your home: keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer
• Saving money on energy bills by reducing heat loss through your external walls
• Reducing the amount of noise that enters your home from outside.
• Saving space: EWI is all external and does not reduce your internal floor space.
• Improving the external appearance of your property and therefore upping its value.
• No disruption to the inside of your house during installation!

EWI isn’t an inexpensive job, but when it’s done correctly by the right installer you can save yourself hundreds every year on your energy bills and achieve a fantastic looking property from the exterior. EWI is appealing to many people who live in older style houses with solid brick walls, as it is possible to recreate characteristics and features of the property, thereby maintaining the traditional look of the property and keeping energy costs down at the same time!

Our EWI products are long-lasting, top quality and highly reliable – so be sure to contact one of our approved installers if you are interested!

 

 

Single wall EWI

Can I install EWI onto just one or two walls?

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive here at EWI Store is whether it is possible to install External Wall Insulation (EWI) on just one or two walls, or half the house, rather than the whole property.

The answer is, yes! You can install EWI onto just one or two walls, however, EWI needs to be installed on the whole of the wall from top to bottom, not just on one elevation.

EWI is a great way to insulate your property against heat loss, all without losing internal floor space. By slowing the rate of heat transfer through the walls, EWI keeps your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter and prevents issues such as condensation and damp.

When EWI is installed onto the whole building, you can save hundreds on your annual heating bill.

Is it cost-effective to install EWI onto just one wall?

EWI isn’t an inexpensive job, and installing it onto just one wall may not be entirely cost effective as you won’t achieve all of the benefits, particularly insulation against heat transfer and noise pollution.

In general, when looking to get the most for your money when installing EWI, the general rule is that the more of your house that you insulate and the thicker the insulation, the more money you will save on energy bills.

Also, in most cases the more of your property that you insulate with EWI the less you pay per Sq metre, so since you are paying for installers to come out in the first place, you may as well get the whole job done at once.

So really, it’s a larger upfront cost, but it would essentially pay for itself in the long term.

A downside to installing EWI onto half your house

Another thing you may need to consider when installing EWI onto just one wall is whether or not you will need to re-render the whole property to achieve a seamless finish.

When installing EWI, the insulation boards are covered over by a render of your choice. Depending upon your property and its current render situation, installing EWI onto just one wall could have the effect of creating a visible imbalance to the external appearance of your property.

What this means is that just one wall with EWI – a visible, newly rendered wall could exacerbate the appearance of issues on other external walls such as organic growth, weathering and cracking. This creates a sharp contrast between the old and new walls, and you therefore may end up spending even more money re-rendering your entire property to address the imbalance. Re-rendering your whole property will create a much more pleasing appearance to your home, but does rack up the total cost of solving the problems of just one wall.

Damp on one wall, will EWI resolve it?

Finally, some homeowners look to install EWI onto just one wall due to a greater level of damp and mold building up on certain external walls.
EWI could be a solution for preventing problems with damp on these walls in the future, but any direct causes of the damp must first be ascertained and resolved.
So why is there damp on your walls? Below we have listed a few of the possible causes of damp in your home, and we would recommend that before going ahead with EWI you hire a professional surveyor to check for any of these issues:

• Your DPC (Damp Proof Course) is broken, bridged, or you simply do not have one.
• The surface of your external wall is cracked and broken, allowing moisture to seep inside.
• Your property has a lack of light on certain walls
• Your property has poor drainage
• Your property has poor ventilation

In some cases, however, damp is just a recurring issue and cannot be easily fixed. Take for example a house with an external wall positioned very close to another house, thereby creating an alleyway with little light. In these situations, EWI could provide a long-term solution.

We suggest that when installing EWI onto walls susceptible to damp, you consider breathable materials such as our Silicone render systems. These allow any water vapor to travel across the surface, ensuring that the building can breathe.

If EWI is something you are considering for your home, we always advise that you seek expert advice. Here at EWI Store, we can offer the best materials on the market for the job – you can get a free quote on materials by using our EWI Calculator. We are always happy to answer any enquiries from our customers, so give us a call or drop us an email!

Special offer on EWI Materials!

Get 10% off your EWI purchases for the month of January!

The new year is the perfect time to get started on your home-renovation projects. We are determined that 2018 is going to be great for our customers, so let’s kick-start it with some great deals here at EWI Store – it’s our gift to you! Have a browse through our wide selection of different special offer insulation and render materials, all available here online.

Why choose EWI Store?

You will get 10% off our BBA (British Board of Agrément) approved EWI systems. When you buy our special offer EWI, you are guaranteed quality materials all of which are the best on the market. We also offer our customers a special 25-year warranty, ensuring you have a peace of mind on your EWI installation job.

When it comes to a job-well-done, we don’t prioritize profit over quality. We are dedicated to providing our customers with the best materials at the best price, with 10% off in this instance!

Our EWI 10% discounted through-coloured renders won’t scratch or fade over time, our specialist beads ensure strength and stability, and our insulation materials are the highest-performing currently available on the market. We also offer all the necessary tools that you may need for the job. That’s why our built-to-last products are competitively popular.

Next day delivery on our EWI special offer…

On a busy schedule, we understand the importance of a fast order and delivery service. That’s why we have everything you need all in one place, all of which can be delivered to your site the next day.

We know it’s frustrating to have to wait to start a job, or to hang around waiting for extra materials if you run out halfway through. We are committed to looking out for you and to making your project happen by getting everything to you as soon as possible. With our own fleet of drivers, we know at all times where your order is and when they’ll get it to you.

Customer Satisfaction is important to us…

We are always looking to give you the best deal on EWI materials! Communication with our customers is our main objective for everything we do at EWI Store, because what’s important to you is important to us. If you have any enquiries or problems, we are always only a phone call away and are keen to establish a positive relationship with our customers.

All of our staff are experts on our products and we are always happy to advise you on the best materials for your job. We can give you technical advice, installation tips and keep you up to date with the status of your order.

We hope that you will choose to shop with EWI Store! For any further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone, we love to hear from you!
Sales@ewistore.co.uk
0203 3974067