Category: Green Deal

Energy efficiency in old buildings new report from SPAB

The Society for the protection of Ancient Buildings has just produced a new and details report that is very relevant for home-owners of older houses particularly in conservation areas or a listed building. It contain views and information from specialists and members of the Society’s staff. The briefings aim to offer cutting-edge information to help both owners and building professionals. 

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This report comes at a very important time when the government through the Green Deal is offering a number of grants including up to £6000 for internal and external wall insulation under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

Click here to download the full report. (Don’t get confused with the advertisements that are scattered around this document particularly on Page two. The report starts properly on Page 3.)

Internal Wall Insulation with video guides and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

The introduction of the UK government’s Green Deal Home Improvement Fund with a £6000 towards the cost of solid wall insulation has created a growing interest in amongst householders looking to improve the energy efficiency of their older properties. For some properties particularly in conservation areas like Cambridge, Ely, St Neots, St Ives, Downham Market, Kings Lynn, Wisbech, Norwich and Bury St Edmunds internal wall insulation may be more appropriate.

Here are a selection of videos providing more information about internal wall insulation :-

Case Study: Retrofit Insulation applied to the interior walls of a 100 year old hose with solid brick walls

An Introduction to internal insulation – three cases studies in Stroud:-

The Thermoshell Internal Wall Insulation:-

WHISCERS – Solid wall retrofit with residents in place:-

For those living in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and the surrounding counties The 80percent Hub is able to offer completely impartial and independent advice and Green Deal Assessments.

Surge in applications for new Green Deal Grants

According to an article in Greenwise there has been a surge in applications for the new DECC Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. An estimated £2.61 million was issued to households in vouchers during the scheme’s first week.


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The new £7600 incentive offered to households is split into a number of parts; £1000 is given for installing two measures from an approved list of renovations, £100 is available towards the cost of an the initial assessment and £6000 is on offer for the expensive procedure of installing solid wall insulation. Those who’ve bought their property within 12 months of application to the scheme are also eligible for a further £500.

Click here for more details on the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

Or contact The 80percent Hub about having a Green Deal Assessment

New home-owners will get a 500 pound bonus for making energy efficiency improvements

New home-owners will now get a £500 bonus if they make energy efficiency improvements to their homes that they have bought them in the last 12 months. This is in addition to up to another £7100 that might be available to them under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund that was launched by the UK government in early June 2014.


Improvement measures include solid wall insulation for older houses, a new condensing gas boiler, cavity wall insulation and replacing single glazed windows with double or triple glazed windows. There is also a £100 cash-back towards the cost of a Green Deal Assessment and accompanying advice from a Green Deal Advisor – who will be able to recommend the most appropriate energy efficiency improvements in the form of a Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR)

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12 improvement measures

For more details about the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund click here

The 80 percent Hub has a network of Green Deal Advisors who can carry out Green Deal Assessments and offer impartial and independent advice – but trying to tell you anything. Click here for more information or ring Peter Bates on 01353 667973.



Green Deal relaunches with a 1500 pound sweetener

Homebuyers who install energy-saving measures within the first 12 months of moving into their new home will be able to claim new grants – typically up to £1,500 – after a government revamp of the green deal.

In an article in The Guardian the Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change – Ed Davey said the government had listened

“I think it’s much more generous. It’s also much simpler. We did a lot of research on what consumers would react to, to make their homes warmer and cheaper to run.” Research, he added, also showed that people liked the “pick two from a list and get £1,000” approach. “We’ve gone for things that people most want – a new boiler, double glazing, cavity wall insulation.”

Read the full article here.