Month: March 2015

What Does External Solid Wall Insulation Look Like?

24 03/15
What Does External Solid Wall Insulation Look Like? 4

What does EWI look like?

At Be constructive ltd store we have been insu­lat­ing prop­er­ties big and small for the last 10 years. We use the EWI-Pro exter­nal solid wall insu­la­tion sys­tem from Germany to insu­late homes and busi­nesses across the cap­i­tal.


The insu­la­tion is nor­mally cov­ered with a sil­i­con sil­i­cate ren­der to pro­vide a fan­tas­tic clean fin­ish, but we can use brick slips to recre­ate the feel of a brick prop­erty if required.

Although we offer a white ren­der fin­ish as stan­dard, we can colour the ren­der to suit your require­ments, so if you have always dreamed of a canary yel­low prop­erty then now’s your chance!

GDHIF and solid wall insulation

10 03/15
GDHIF and solid wall insulation

GDHIF and solid wall insulation

UPDATE: As of 30 March 2016, the gov­ern­ment has stopped fund­ing and the Green Deal Home Improve­ment Fund is closed to new appli­ca­tions. 

Solid wall insu­la­tion has become very pop­u­lar over the last cou­ple of years. This increase has been largely down to the recog­ni­tion that it has received, from the Gov­ern­ment, as a energy effi­ciency improve­ment wor­thy for the var­i­ous green schemes that they intro­duce.

One of these green schemes, which has proved to be par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar is the GDHIF (Green Deal Home Improve­ment Fund) that launched for the first time in the sum­mer of 2014. This GDHIF scheme pro­vides a non-means tested grant to reward you for cer­tain energy improve­ments you install.

The Initial Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

Solid Wall Insu­la­tion was the the real focus of the GDHIF. Ini­tially, in the sum­mer of 2014, the avail­able grant was £6,000, but this ran out (there was an ini­tial £100m pot) just 6 weeks after it launched. The Gov­ern­ment noticed how pop­u­lar this was as a home improve­ment so in Decem­ber they released another £30m to help home­own­ers improve the energy effi­ciency of their homes.

The Second Phase of GDHIF – December 2014

This proved even more pop­u­lar and lasted just 30 hours! This was despite the fact that the grant was reduced to £4,000 per prop­erty (or if you had bought the house in the last 12 months – £4,500).

March 2015 – the Third branch of GDHIF money

In March 2015, it was announced at the EcoBuild show that there would be a fur­ther £70m made avail­able for home­own­ers to install solid wall insu­la­tion on their homes, so if you are inter­ested in insu­lat­ing your solid wall prop­erty – there has never been a bet­ter time!

The grant has once again been reduced though, but this time by just £250, tak­ing the total pay­ment down to £3,750. How­ever, bear­ing in mind it is still non-means tested – i.e. any­one with a solid wall prop­erty can access it pro­vided you insu­late 50% or more of avail­able exter­nal walls, it is still a fan­tas­tic offer.