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Making hard to treat an easier job

Tackling ‘hard to treat’ homes is a major part of the UK’s more energy efficient future. Solid wall insulation is in turn a major part of this.

With and without financial support through the government’s ECO scheme, town halls are increasingly getting involved in insulating solid-walled stock. Recent examples include a capital project in the London borough of Islington to insulate 304 homes, the multi-area Warm Up North project in the North East of England and 120 homes - 80 solid-walled and 40 timber-framed – set to have measures installed soon in Oxford.

But beyond the financial, there are other barriers commonly associated with solid wall insulation; two of the main ones being the time it takes to install the measure and related upheaval for the householder. But a new project in Northern Ireland could help change this perception for good.

The S-IMPLER research, involving BRE and Carillion Energy Services, aims to cut installation times for solid wall insulation by 10 per cent with no compromise to the quality of the job. And quality is key here, as the project aims for 60 per cent monitored energy cost savings in the sample homes.

Real-time monitoring kits will be provided for householders, which illustrates the role that smart meters with displays will have in rolling out energy efficiency more widely. It’s to be hoped that a more informed public is a more engaged one.

Although the results of this trial won’t be known for a while, people in Northern Ireland can find out what other energy efficiency support is available right now by visiting our website.

Gary Hartley is Energy Saving Trust's expert blogger. He has extensive experience researching and writing on a number of topics, with particular expertise in sustainable energy, policy, literature and sport. As well as providing regular blog content, Gary has also been published in numerous magazines and journals.

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