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Latest Industry News

SWIGA - Latest Industry News

Below you'll find links to all the latest news and developments affecting the solid wall insulation market in the UK.

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ECO & Funding For Solid Wall Insulation

ECO & Funding For Solid Wall Insulation

With ECO4 legislation now officially in place SWIGA have published a comprehensive feature detailing all available grant funding streams in respect of solid wall insulation. Mant thanks to E-ON for this information
Changes to BEIS Ministerial Team

Changes to BEIS Ministerial Team

The work of the Government continues at pace.

As such, BEIS have announced changes to their Ministerial team which will continue to deliver for businesses, industry and energy consumers in the weeks ahead.
The Electricity and Gas (Energy Company Obligation) Order 2022

The Electricity and Gas (Energy Company Obligation) Order 2022

At long last, the overdue news that we've been waiting for ... ECO draft legislation has now been officially laid before Parliament.

This means that we can expect the legislation to be formalised before Parliamentary recess at the end of July and hence avoiding any further delays.
Stratford High Street

Stratford High Street

This project for London Borough of Newham involved the replacement of combustible cladding systems with non-combustible alternative by Lawtech Group.
How insulation can help curb Russian gas use

How insulation can help curb Russian gas use

A poll for the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit found that 84% of those asked about the action the Government should take to curb reliance on gas from Russia thought insulation was very or fairly important.
AGM and presentation of Governments Response to the ECO4 consultation document

AGM and presentation of Governments Response to the ECO4 consultation document

SWIGA held their 8th AGM on Thursday 31st March. The event was well attended with over 60 delegates representing Solid Wall insulation contractors and system developers.

There was an excellent line up of speakers headlined by Andrej Miller, Team leader - Energy Company Obligation and Warm Home Discount BEIS who provide details of the response to ECO 4 consultation.
 
Stamp Duty Incentive

Stamp Duty Incentive

Business Coalition calls for Energy Saving Stamp Duty Incentive.

Please see comments and attached suppoting commentry from the Building Performance Network.
Development of PAS 2030 details for EWI - Andrew Champ - SWIGA Chief Executive

Development of PAS 2030 details for EWI - Andrew Champ - SWIGA Chief Executive

We have received confirmation from BEIS that it is not a necessity to go below ground with the insulation to comply with PAS. We have been working on this for several months in cooperation with the NIA. Case studies were also provided by some of our members. Critically, during the process we liaised with all stake holders including Trustmark  to ensure that the changes did not compromise compliance and technical monitoring.
 
BEIS announcement 
Building Safety Programme: estimates of EWS1 requirements on residential buildings in England

Building Safety Programme: estimates of EWS1 requirements on residential buildings in England

MHCLG has conducted indicative analysis on the cladding coverage of residential buildings and the number of leasehold dwellings in those buildings. From this analysis:

It is now estimated that 492,000 leaseholders (up from 431,000) in residential buildings greater than 11m in height (more than 3 storeys) do not need to undergo an external wall survey process (EWS1) for their building in order for them to sell their property or re-mortgage.
£2 Billion Green Homes Grant

£2 Billion Green Homes Grant

Tradespeople are urged to sign up for TrustMark accreditation as part of the new Green Homes Grant scheme.

Builders, plumbers, and other tradespeople across England will need a government-backed seal of approval to provide their services as part of the new £2 billion Green Homes Grant
Nottingham City Homes

Nottingham City Homes

This £11million high rise retirement village development is part of Nottingham City Homes (NCH) and Nottingham City Council’s Building a Better Nottingham retrofit programme.
Raeburn Heights

Raeburn Heights

This rendered insulation system provided not only a face lift to this tired 1960’s high rise block but provided protection to its structure giving it at least a further 25 years of life.
Plas Madoc

Plas Madoc

Part of 210 house £2m scheme by Wrexham Council to modernise 1960s Lowton Cubitt steel frame houses, to ensure they achieved the Welsh Governments Welsh housing quality standard by 2020. 
Mossblown

Mossblown

Working with the Energy Agency East Ayrshires Council combined there own funding with various grants available to them including ECO, HEEPS (ABS), CESP. To allow this combination of social housing and private properties to be refurbished.
Bracknell Domestic

Bracknell Domestic

Solid Wall Insulation successfully transformed the tired, stained exterior of this home in Bracknell to its fresh, clean look brimming with kerb appeal – while massively improving its energy efficiency
Chesterfield

Chesterfield

The installation of 558 council-owned properties in Chesterfield entailed installing EWI and weatherproof decorative render to a mixture of houses and low-rise blocks, all of which were originally built with solid walls and therefore exhibited poor heat retention. 
 Fraserburgh

Fraserburgh

This project involved the refurbishment of 107 two storey properties. The properties were system-built McRae type properties, timber framed with an external façade made up of Glass Reinforced Concrete. 
Gosport Towers

Gosport Towers

The town of Gosport on the south coast of England has seen five1960’s tower blocks undergo a much needed upgrade; Garland Court, Harbour Tower, Seaward Tower, Blake Court and Hammond Court - all owned by Hyde Housing Group.
Wokingham Private Home

Wokingham Private Home

The homeowner complained of the upstairs front bedrooms being ‘’absolutely freezing in winter,” The front of the houses in this particular area are traditionally tile-hung, and that was the problem. 
Flintshire County Council

Flintshire County Council

Flintshire County Council identified 250 local properties that had solid walls and were therefore hard to heat and expensive to keep warm. They were a mix of social housing and privately owned homes. 
Cheltenham Borough Homes

Cheltenham Borough Homes

This project was for the Structural Refurbishment of 36 Cornish Type I consisting of 4x two-storey blocks of flats containing 16 flats (2 leasehold) and 16 semi-detached/end terrace and 4 mid-terrace houses. All homes will be occupied for the duration of the works.
Broxtowe District  Council

Broxtowe District Council

Sustainable Building Services (SBS) was awarded this contract to deliver Energy Efficiency Improvement Works to 180 occupied properties on behalf of Broxtowe Council under the Efficiency East Midlands Framework.
Nottingham City Homes

Nottingham City Homes

The installation of external wall insulation (EWI) to over 1,100 private and social housing properties. The work was procured by Nottingham City Homes (NCH) via the Efficiency East Midlands (EEM) solid wall insulation framework.
Why a SWIGA Guarantee?

Why a SWIGA Guarantee?

The SWIGA Guarantee provides householders with an independent, uniform and dependable warranty covering professionally installed external wall insulation systems.
Why Join SWIGA?

Why Join SWIGA?

There are three types of SWIGA membership; System Holder Membership, Installation Contractor Membership and the FREE Associate Membership.
What is Solid Wall Insulation?

What is Solid Wall Insulation?

Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) provides a thermal layer for existing buildings that don't have a cavity wall or are classed as non-traditional or hard-to-treat properties.
Green Homes Grant and Local Authority Delivery Scheme Information

Green Homes Grant and Local Authority Delivery Scheme Information

See these useful links to important official doccumentation and publications relating to the Green Homes Grant and Local Authority Delivery Scheme information.
Net Zero Skills Survey

Net Zero Skills Survey

Net Zero: what does it mean for you?

The UK Government is legally bound to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050, which will require a huge shared effort.
NIA calls for energy efficiency revolution to support economic recovery and the NHS

NIA calls for energy efficiency revolution to support economic recovery and the NHS

The NIA has launched a report today, calling for the Home Upgrades Grant Scheme promised in the 2019 Conservative Manifesto to be fast-tracked as part of the green recovery, providing a considered view on  how the scheme might work.

Read the full report and proposals.
Coronavirus: Home insulation 'could create cheap jobs'

Coronavirus: Home insulation 'could create cheap jobs'

Making people's homes cosy is the cheapest way to create jobs as the UK prepares to fight recession, a report says.

The figures will be sent to the Treasury, which is reviewing a package of job stimulus measures for July.
£1b extra funding added to £600m for high rise strip off’s And update to Hackett

£1b extra funding added to £600m for high rise strip off’s And update to Hackett

In the March 2020 budget, the Government announced that it will provide £1 billion in 2020/21 to support the remediation of unsafe non-ACM cladding systems1 on residential buildings 18 metres and over in both the private and social housing sectors.
Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy writes to the construction industry.

Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy writes to the construction industry.

The Rt HOon Alok Sharma MP and Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy writes to the construction industry.
Government letter on building safety reforms

Government letter on building safety reforms

UPDATES ON BUILDING SAFETY REFORMS We are approaching three years since the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.

I am also writing to update you on the action we are taking to ensure residents are safe in their homes.
Government support available for business’s and employees affected by the Coronavirus epidemic

Government support available for business’s and employees affected by the Coronavirus epidemic

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Governments highlight the support available for business’s and employees affected by the Coronavirus epidemic
COVID-19 SWIGA Update

COVID-19 SWIGA Update

SWIGA have followed the latest government advice regarding unnecessary travel and social distancing which has a profound consequence for the welfare of our staff, customers and associates.