Month: June 2015

Solid wall insulation – Window Sills

30 06/15
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Solid wall insulation – Window Sills

When solid wall insu­la­tion is installed on the exter­nal walls of a prop­erty it is nor­mally 10cm thick or more. What this means is that the cill of pre­vi­ously installed win­dows will stop well before the edge of the insu­la­tion. This doesn’t look great to be hon­est and could cause issues with water runoff, so the sills need to be extended out beyond the edge of the exter­nal solid wall insu­la­tion to pro­vide an attrac­tive end fin­ish.

In an ideal world, we rec­om­mend replac­ing the win­dows at the same time as get­ting the insu­la­tion works done. The rea­son for this is twofold; the first is that if you come to replace the win­dows in the future, the process of remov­ing and refit­ting them doesn’t com­pro­mise the integrity of the solid wall insu­la­tion. The sec­ond rea­son is that the sills can been ‘pre-extended’ when the win­dows are made, so if for exam­ple you have wooden sash win­dows being installed – the sills on the new win­dow already have taken into account the addi­tional 10cm of insu­la­tion, so when they are in and the insu­la­tion is installed they look great.

For many of us though, the cost involved with replac­ing win­dows and doing exter­nal solid wall insu­la­tion at the same time is just too great. So when it comes to extend­ing win­dow sills what options do you have?

GDHIF phase 4 for solid wall insulation is coming soon!

23 06/15
GDHIF phase 4 for solid wall insulation is coming soon!

GDHIF phase 4 for solid wall insulation is coming soon!

With the launch of the new round of Gov­ern­ment fund­ing for solid wall insu­la­tion just a mat­ter of weeks away – it is worth ensur­ing you have every­thing in place to claim your voucher.

As you may know the Green Deal Home improve­ment fund has now been released on 3 occa­sions by the Gov­ern­ment and all three phases of this scheme have been incred­i­bly pop­u­lar even though the fund­ing con­tri­bu­tion from the Gov­ern­ment has reduced over time.

We are expect­ing this fourth round of GDHIF fund­ing to be released in the next cou­ple of weeks and since the new Gov­ern­ment seem to be cut­ting fund­ing in this kind of area – this could be the last round of fund­ing before it gets replaced by a dif­fer­ent scheme.

Why is GDHIF so popular for solid wall insulation?

The great thing about GDHIF is that it is com­pletely non-means tested, that means pro­vided you have a solid wall prop­erty and you are plan­ning to insu­late at least 50% of the heat loss sur­face of your home with solid wall insu­la­tion they are are eli­gi­ble.

Hav­ing said that, in order to claim a voucher under the pre­vi­ous three GDHIF releases, there has been a require­ment for an EPC dated within the last 2 years (or Green Deal report) as well as a valid quote from a GDHIF qual­i­fied installer.

If you are inter­ested in claim­ing a voucher for the fourth release of this Gov­ern­ment fund­ing you must have these two things in place before the scheme gets released. The day the scheme goes live you then need to visit the Gov­ern­ment GDHIF por­tal and upload these two doc­u­ments with the var­i­ous other details they require (e.g. bank details to pay the voucher amount into once the install is com­plete).

We are expect­ing demand for quotes (and EPCs for that mat­ter) to go through the roof in com­ing weeks as demand for GDHIF fund­ing goes through the roof, so to avoid dis­ap­point­ment we really do rec­om­mend act­ing fast – We do say this every­time and peo­ple chuckle, but with a scheme as gen­er­ous as this, the fund­ing only lasts a mat­ter of days, so act­ing fast is absolutely imper­a­tive.

If you can get £4,000 towards the cost of solid wall insu­la­tion, this may reduce the pay­back to just two or three years and if your home could do with re-ren­der­ing any­way – this is the per­fect time to do it. Not only can you improve the appear­ance of your home, you can also ben­e­fit from the huge energy sav­ings all at a hugely sub­sidised install cost.

External Wall Insulation Grants in Surrey with Streets Ahead

08 06/15
External Wall Insulation Grants in Surrey with Streets Ahead

External Wall Insulation Grants in Surrey with Streets Ahead

Do you live in the Sur­rey area? Is your prop­erty built with solid brick walls rather than cav­ity? If so, you are def­i­nitely eli­gi­ble for a £5,000 grant towards the cost of exter­nal insu­la­tion, or ‘Solid Wall Insu­la­tion’ as it is some­times known. This is a rev­o­lu­tion­ary way to insu­late your home, turn­ing a once cold and unin­su­lated prop­erty into some­thing com­pa­ra­ble to a new build.

Why external insulation?

Insu­lat­ing exter­nally is a really prac­ti­cally, mas­sively effec­tive way to reduce damp issues, hugely increase the insu­lat­ing prop­er­ties of the wall and smarten up the appear­ance of the prop­erty.

If you have had dou­ble glaz­ing installed and think that has warmed up your home, then you will be amazed with exter­nal insu­la­tion. It will absolutely rev­o­lu­tionise the warmth and com­fort in the home, with the walls being taken up to a u-value of 0.27. If you have any damp prob­lems due to con­den­sa­tion, you will see mas­sive improve­ments – as the walls will be much warmer and there­fore reduce con­den­sa­tion.

How to claim the grant

The only restric­tion on the grant is that you live in the Sur­rey area. There are no cri­te­ria based on income or ben­e­fit sta­tus. The only thing you will­need is to have old solid brick walls rather than the more mod­ern cav­ity type walls. If you have any doubts, you can give us a call and we will be able to help work out if your home is right for exter­nal insu­la­tion.

How much funding can I get via Streets Ahead?

The Streets Ahead scheme is really sim­ple, and more gen­er­ous than the national GDHIF scheme. Any works up to £5,000 are cov­ered by the scheme, so you don’t have to pay a penny. Any works over £5,000 will receive the full grant of £5,000 and you will have to pay any costs above that. So a £7,000 instal­la­tion would only cost you £2,000. Sim­ple.

How long will the scheme last?

It is open to new appli­cants until Sep­tem­ber, and you will need to get the work installed by March 2016.

Con­tact us if you are inter­ested in this great incen­tive – give us a call now on 0208 144 0897.

Good solid wall Insulation installer?

02 06/15
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Good solid wall insulation installer

Good solid wall insulation installer

One of the most con­fus­ing aspects of receiv­ing mul­ti­ple quotes from installers is the price vari­a­tion. Why should installer A be ‘x’ amount cheaper than installer B?

Well there are the obvi­ous costs of mate­ri­als and where they are sourced. Installer A may get their mate­ri­als directly from the fac­tory, whereas installer B may have to go through a mid­dle­man. Obvi­ously if you can use installer A in this case it would be bet­ter since you get the mate­ri­als cheaper but this shouldn’t fac­tor into the qual­ity of the install.

At BeCon­struc­tive, we source our solid wall insu­la­tion mate­ri­als directly from the sup­plier in uk and  Ger­many!


It is more impor­tant how­ever, to look beyond just the price the installer can source the solid wall mate­ri­als; you then need to con­sider the processes and tech­niques they use when they install the sys­tem on your home!

Even if the high­est qual­ity mate­ri­als are used when your exter­nal solid wall insu­la­tion sys­tem is installed, the over­all per­for­mance can be hin­dered if the insu­la­tion isn’t installed cor­rectly. Insu­la­tion applied with­out fol­low­ing the insu­la­tion guide can result in the sys­tem fail­ing; this might lead to dam­age on the façade and other areas.

So things to con­sider when you do your home­work on installers include whether they bury gas pipes and leave the insu­la­tion open? Are snag­ging aspects left for months? Do they use durable mate­ri­als with breath­able fin­ishes? All of these are vital for the solid wall insu­la­tion sys­tem, and there­fore just because one installer might be cheaper, it doesn’t mean that they are the best bet.

One of the most dan­ger­ous aspects of exter­nal solid wall insu­la­tion is bury­ing gas pipes. Many installers do this, as extend­ing them and mov­ing the pipes actu­ally costs quite a lot and adds time and money onto the job. Like­wise soil pipes should always be removed and reat­tached, while boiler flues should also be extended to pro­trude out past the insu­la­tion.

At Be Con­struc­tive we don’t believe in cut­ting cor­ners – there­fore we take the time to extend these gas pipes to ensure that they are never buried. In addi­tion, all soil pipes / gut­ter­ing / boiler flues are treated in the cor­rect man­ner.

One of the other issues with solid wall insu­la­tion is cold bridg­ing.