The Scottish Government has published new 2019 Technical Handbooks which apply to a building warrant submitted on or after 1 October 2019 and to building work which does not require a warrant commenced from 1 October 2019. The new Technical Handbooks include changes to procedural and technical guidance on compliance and fire safety. A copy of the document can be found here https://www.gov.scot/publications/building-standards-technical-handbook-2019-domestic/
I am getting in touch today to highlight to you a number of sources of information that the Government has recently made available to help businesses prepare for the UK’s exit from the EU as we wanted to make sure that you and your members are aware of them. Please can you cascade this information to your members to ensure they are aware of these resources. The Government has been clear that it does not want or expect a ‘no deal’ scenario. However, until MPs have voted to approve a deal we will continue to do the responsible thing and prepare Read the full Story
SWIGA processes a certain amount of personal data in order to service the guarantee, ensure installer and assessor compliance with surveillance and certification requirements and in the handling of claims against the 25-year guarantee. The SWIGA guarantee is issued against the property and as such no longer contains personal homeowner data other than a property address, whereas claims data will contain personal data and be required to be retained for the life of the guarantee. In the case of installers and system holders, SWIGA must maintain certain personal details whilst installers and system holders are registered as SWIGA members and Read the full Story
SWIGA is providing access to copies of the three industry developed documents that supplement the new PAS2030:2017.
The Scottish Government HEEPS Loan Scheme for energy efficiency measures is now open. Therefore the Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA) is advising anyone in Scotland considering solid wall insulation to their property to ensure they use a SWIGA member. The HEEPS Loan scheme is open to owner occupiers, private tenants and registered private sector landlords in Scotland. They can now apply for an interest free loan of up to £15,000 for installing a variety of measures and the repayment period varies based on the amount borrowed but those taking out higher value loans for solid wall insulation for example, Read the full Story
The Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA) is a not for profit guarantee provider for solid wall solutions. Set up by industry to encourage continuous industry quality improvements through the use of its unique quality framework. SWIGA provides direct support to the customer through its extensive network of member’s expertise. The SWIGA guarantee offers cover for; external wall, internal wall and hybrid systems for traditional solid wall properties, non-traditional properties such as no-fines concrete and frame buildings. As well as providing cover for low and high rise apartments. Andrew Champ, Executive Director of SWIGA, commented; “SWIGA’s commitment to provide the Read the full Story
The Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA) offers, through its members, the most comprehensive suite of refurbishment guarantees for solid wall solutions and continues to provide an offer for the remaining Green Deal Home Improvement Fund vouchers as well as covering ECO schemes. SWIGA’s guarantees offer cover for; external wall, internal wall and hybrid systems for traditional solid wall properties, non-traditional properties such as no-fines concrete and frame buildings. As well as providing cover for low, mid and high rise apartments. Andrew Champ, Executive Director of SWIGA, commented; “SWIGA’s commitment to provide the consumer and the insulation industry with a Read the full Story
Householders could be saving up to £460* per year by installing Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) and with the average annual dual fuel bill now totaling £1,328 per year, The Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA) is urging householders to insulate before winter sets in. Steve Tanner, General Manager of SWIGA, commented: “An astounding 45% of heat can leak through un-insulated solid walls so installing SWI is a step that householders can take to save money and energy. The only way to reduce this heat loss is to insulate these properties with SWI. It can be applied on the inside using Read the full Story
Certification body NICEIC has now been recognised by the Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA) for its quality and surveillance framework.
Mark Weaver of SWIGA commented: “We are delighted that NICEIC has met SWIGA’s requirements to our solid wall surveillance standards. This recognition now offers significant opportunities to all NICEIC installers that have PAS 2030 certification from NICEIC in securing SWIGA membership.
Mark added: “Until this point only two other certification bodies had a framework recognised by SWIGA for its robust approach to solid wall insulation.”
Nick Wright, Commercial Manager at NICEIC added: “We are extremely pleased to now be able to offer our customers a route to SWIGA membership. We look forward to working closely with SWIGA and the insulation industry to maintain and improve standards in Green Deal, ECO and beyond.”
SWIGA has put together ten facts to help householders learn about Solid Wall Insulation (SWI).