Making energy improvements on hard to treat properties can be a lot easier and cheaper than property owners may think, as our recent work on a private retirement apartment block in Newport-on-Tay shows.
GoSustainable was called in to help improve the energy efficiency of Scotscraig Apartments, a retirement complex of 48 privately owned apartments, using cavity wall insulation. This project involved us not only managing the technical issues of installation on an extensive and hard to treat building, but also advising on and accessing funding, dealing with multiple homeowners and making sure the whole installation was carried out with the minimum of disturbance for the residents.
With such a large private scheme, it was important all parties were informed and happy with the process. We liaised with Scotscraig’s on-site manager and all the homeowners to ensure all details and authorisation were completed and worked to make the process as easy as possible for them. And when it came to the cost of the installation, we advised them on the funding options, handled the application for them and were able to access full funding – so the whole project was carried out at no cost to them.
Once we had the go-ahead and funding in place, our trained technicians installed the high performance cavity wall insulation. Using special high reach equipment to access the full height of the building, they were able to complete the project for all the apartments in two weeks, to deadline and with little disruption for the residents. Scotscraig was pleased with the whole process and the energy impact of the insulation measures. As their Sheltered Housing Manager, Isobel Craik, explained:
“We were delighted with the work that GoSustainable carried out. Things went very smoothly and now the residents have better insulated homes before heading into winter.”
With around 30% of heating loss escaping through a building’s walls, the right insulation can make a huge difference. And this has certainly been the case with this scheme, with the installation of the cavity wall insulation leading to 500 tonnes of carbon saving and reduced energy costs for the residents – a welcome development for them all as the weather turns colder.
Whatever your type of property, it’s worth looking into measures to cut your energy costs. There is a range of energy efficiency options available to owners of hard to treat properties and you may be able to access funding for improvements such as wall insulation under the Energy Company Obligation.