Solid Wall Insulation
In the UK there are around 9 million homes that are solid wall construction. These homes do not meet current insulation regulations, making these homes harder to heat and keep the heat within.
With energy costs rising by on average 5% per year the owners of these properties are leaking money through their walls, while living in less than ideal conditions. Plus have to deal with additional problems such as condensation, mould and so on.
Solid walls can be insulated internally or externally. Internally is cheaper but doesn’t deal with many issues the property faces and reduces the size of rooms.
Insulating solid walls externally enables you to give the property a completely new looking exterior while greatly improving the insulation uValue. Insulation on the exterior gives the structure an enveloped barrier and protects the ageing brickwork, block/stone etc.
The most popular finish coats which are applied are low maintenance acrylic or silicone based which repel water greatly. You can also have more traditional finishes such as dry dash, brick slip etc.
In addition to external solid wall insulation, a property also requires upgraded windows, external doors and loft insulation to maximise the loss of heat throughout the property.
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What are the benefits of External Solid Wall Insulation?
- You get a new exterior finish that is low maintenance
- Property internal space is not reduced
- Heat loss reduces heating bills
- Reduction in condensation, mould etc
- Usually an increase in property value
- Acoustic performance. The insulation reduces noise in and out of the property
- Systems are fully guaranteed as standard
- Recommended applicators will be fully approved by the market leading manufacturers
- Products applied from reputable companies like ourselves are all BBA Certified or Irish Agrement in ROI.
- Improved living Conditions
- Materials are fire retardant
- Can be added to almost any construction type
Property Minimum Insulation Requirements
Landlords. From April 2018 there are new regulations in place currently set for landlords in England and Wales, this is known as Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, referred to as MEES for short. This states the minimum energy efficiency standard is set at an EPC rating of ‘E’.
This will be relevant to housing associations and private landlords, failure to comply can result in fines of up to £150,000. Relevant to Domestic & Commercial rented properties.
The aim of MEES is to help reduce fuel poverty and contribute towards tackling global warming.
There are conditions where MEES does not apply and we would recommend any landlord to get familiar with the regulations.
How Long Does it Take to Insulate a Property with External Insulation?
From contractors arrive on site a property can be finished within 2 weeks. This depends on different factors such as weather, property substrate / preparation work etc.
If you would like to see if your property is suited for the installation of an external wall insulation system get in touch and we will be happy to give free advice.