Published On: Mon, Sep 16th, 2013

External wall insulation at heart of £38m ECO Scheme in Watford

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l - r – Denise Hall (Yorkshire Energy Partnership), James Mills (YEP), Jamie Scott Robson (Cosyseal), Simon Winch (YEP)Wetherby Building Systems, the leading provider of external wall insulation (EWI) systems, has been selected to provide EWI solutions as part of a £38m regeneration scheme for Watford Community Housing Trust (WCHT).

In the first project of its kind, the two year ECO-funded programme is the largest in the UK and will see 4,700 homes, across four of WCHT’s estates, fitted with a variety of carbon saving measures by 2015.

Cosyseal Group, a business specialising in the installation of energy saving measures to the social housing sector, has been appointed by WCHT to manage the large-scale project, which required an experienced EWI partner with a proven track record to design an appropriate EWI solution.

Wetherby has been enlisted to design and supply an effective EWI system that will not only be thermally efficient, but will also improve the aesthetics of the 4,700 homes included in the project, which will give the community a whole new lease of life. The EWI provider will also be responsible for regulating the installers on site to ensure all systems installed meet strict ECO guidelines.

Wetherby was selected for this project due to its unrivalled experience in providing EWI solutions for large-scale regeneration projects, as Jamie Scott Robson, Cosyseal Group’s project manager for the WCHT scheme explains: “With such a major project, we needed to ensure that all the partners we work with have the expertise to handle such work.

“Wetherby’s experience of successfully installing EWI solutions over the last 15 years, combined with its knowledge of working under the strict ECO guidelines, made it the ideal choice for us for this project. Wetherby provided EWI systems for some of the UK’s largest schemes under the CESP and CERT schemes and, under the transition to ECO, has continued to supply solutions for some of the major ECO projects.”

In addition to WCHT’s housing stock, the option to have EWI installed will also be rolled out to all private homeowners within the same estates, who will be able to receive the energy-saving measure free of charge under the ECO scheme.

Commenting on the project, Paul Kirby, Sales Director at Wetherby, said: “It is fantastic to be involved with such a major project. Following a slow start, the ECO schemes are really gaining momentum now and this project clearly demonstrates the widespread benefits that ECO can offer.”

Wetherby Building Systems Ltd is the UK’s market leader in the manufacture and distribution of a wide range of external wall insulation (EWI) systems, polymer modified renders, silicone & acrylic thin-coat renders & brick slip systems for the retrofit market. Wetherby’s insulated render systems offer environmentally sympathetic external façade solutions that have been successfully installed on many domestic refurbishment projects, new build schemes, commercial buildings and educational establishments for over 20 years.

For further information on any products within the Wetherby Building Systems portfolio please log onto www.wbs-ltd.co.uk or call 01942 717100.

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