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Solid Wall Insulation will not need planning permission

January 19th 2013

Solid wall insulation won't need planning permission it has been confirmed this week

The Government has relaxed planning laws, just in time for the launch of the Green Deal energy efficiency scheme this month which is great news for Green Deal Advisors that have recently carried out their Green Deal Installer Training.

The Green Deal is the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) initiative to open up the energy efficiency market.

It is designed to encourage improvements to be made to homes and businesses to help energy efficiency.  It will help reduce both customer energy bills and the UK's carbon emissions.

The move means Green Deal uptake is set to rocket which will increase the demand for Green Deal Advisors, this is even more reason to take your Green Deal Advisor Training.

And heating bills could be cut by as much as 40 per cent by installing the insulation.

If your house was built before 1920 it is likely the external walls are solid and do not have a cavity running through. These solid walls let through almost twice as much heat as cavity filled walls.

It is estimated, 36 per cent of UK's 24.5 million housing stock have non-cavity wall construction, by the National Insulation Association.

An uptake of insulating solid walls would significantly help reduce national carbon emissions.

Solid wall insulation is commonly fitted externally, potentially changing the look of a building.

External solid wall insulation involves fixing a layer of insulation material to the wall, covering it with a special type of render (plasterwork) or cladding and finished in brick, pebble-dashed etc

Up until now this required planning permission.

The move is welcomed as consumers get ready to make home energy improvements when the Green Deal finance goes live on January 28.

This is another boost to the Green Deal Installer scheme where customers will also get £650 cash back for installing solid wall insulation using the scheme.

To drive uptake of the Green Deal scheme the cash back deal of up to £1,000 per household is available on a first-come-first-served basis for a range of energy efficiency improvements being offered as part of the Green Deal.

The government is guaranteeing the cash back prices currently on offer until the first £40 million of the £125 million allocated is spent.

As well as £650 for solid wall insulation, the package includes £50 cash back for draught proofing and £270 for upgrading to a condensing gas boiler.

The more households have done the more cash back they receive.

Edward Davey, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, said: “Our cash back scheme is a generous offer but it’s first-come, first-served so householders need to be quick off the mark. Get an assessment, be ready to have home improvements done with a green deal when it launches on January 28 and then get your cash back.

“This also sends a clear message to the industry that the Green Deal is coming. Green Deal installers and businesses in the supply chain need to start gearing up to take full advantage of what promises to be an exciting new market.”

As a result of relaxed planning laws Climate Change Minister Greg Barker predicted; "transformation in the size and scale of solid wall insulation numbers".

He went on to talk about the extra benefits of solid wall insulation: "Some of the products you now see in situ can do wonders not just increasing the thermal efficiency of the home, but actually provide a regenerative effect. If you can do it on a whole street level you do not just impact on energy bills but you can have a regenerative impact."

He concluded: "The great thing about the Green Deal is that it will be measures that people can see - solid wall insulation, windows, a whole range of measures that improve the look and feel and fabric of people's homes."

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