GDHIF and solid wall insulation

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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.

Why Choose BeConstructive for your external solid wall insulation?

At BeCon­struc­tive we have insu­lated 100’s of prop­er­ties under the GDHIF scheme all over Lon­don!  We offer hugely com­pet­i­tive prices and our wealth of expe­ri­ence makes us mar­ket lead­ers in the solid wall insu­la­tion – home improve­ment sec­tor.

Our team of installers are all fully trained up to insu­late using the EWI-Pro solid wall insu­la­tion sys­tem from Kreisel – fast becom­ing the no.1 solid wall insu­la­tion prod­uct in the UK – offer­ing unpar­al­leled energy sav­ing per­for­mance. The EWI-Pro sys­tem will improve the energy effi­ciency of a solid wall to such an extent, it will per­form bet­ter (in terms of heat loss) than a brand new cav­ity wall built today. When we use 100mm of EPS insu­la­tion, the u-value of a solid wall drops from 2.1 to just 0.27W/m2K.

The GDHIF grant allows us to insu­late the solid wall insu­la­tion at a hugely dis­counted price, offer­ing even quicker pay­back (energy sav­ings ver­sus ini­tial invest­ment), some­times just a cou­ple of years!

A couple of points worth mentioning about GDHIF for EWI

In order to apply for the GDHIF grant you will need an EPC / Green Deal Assess­ment dated within the last 2 years and con­tain­ing solid wall insu­la­tion as a rec­om­men­da­tion. In addi­tion, you will also require a quote for the pro­posed works. Together, these two things will allow you to apply for a voucher, which can then be redeemed so you can claim the grant once the works have been car­ried out on the prop­erty.

The final  point worth men­tion­ing is that the GDHIF grant can only be claimed if more than 50% of the prop­erty is being insu­lated with Exter­nal wall insu­la­tion. So for exam­ple, if your home is an end ter­race prop­erty, you would need to insu­late two of the wall faces, i.e front+flank or back+flank, and if you lived in a detached prop­erty then three sides of the house must be insu­lated (as it would be unlikely that you would want to par­tially insu­late a wall).

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  1. I have a tiny house. Sort of. It is actu­ally an old treavl trailer that I gut­ted and have been rebuild­ing from the inside out. I also have those dual axle fend­ers and they are not so sturdy and nice as the ones in THIS tiny house! I solved the cold prob­lem by cut­ting 1/2 inch poly­styrene to fit the fend­ers in two lay­ers glued together. I then cut 3/4 inch ply­wood to make tight fit­ting cov­ers over the blue poly­board insu­la­tion. So far. seems to have been a good fix. Nat­u­rally, if you are in a colder cli­mate, you can make the insu­la­tion as thick as is needed. Your project is par­tic­u­larly inspir­ing to me, as I want to build an actual tiny house, but lack the money for all new sup­plies. I like how you have re-pur­posed much of your lum­ber. Plus, it improves, rather than detracts from, the over­all beauty. Good work!

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