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OFGEM approves Kinnell eco guarantee

OFGEM released their final "Guidance for Suppliers" document on Friday 15th March 2013. We at Warranty Services Limited would firstly wish to applaud OFGEM on the release of this Guidance, which has brought much needed certainty to the industry. Crucially, the updated Guidance document makes some fundamental changes to the way insulation guarantees are addressed in the context of ECO. The Guidance now sets out a requirement that an “appropriate guarantee” be provided. Moreover, the Guidance sets out particular criteria that must be...

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Swistherm Transforms Salford Housing Scheme

Alumasc's Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI) system has been used to transform the thermal performance and aesthetic appeal of a social housing scheme in Salford. Managed by multi-award-winning social housing company, Salix Homes, the 54 flats at Stoney Knoll and Gloverfield are No Fines Construction which is typically regarded as 'hard to treat'. The Swistherm EWI system was a key element in the programme of works to upgrade the flats to Decent Homes standards. BLD Construction installed 3,000m2 of Swistherm with 110mm EPS insulation...

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Certainty needed to save renewable heat industry from damaging hiatus, says Dimplex

Leading name in renewables Dimplex has described news of further delays to the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) as 'extremely disappointing', and with the scheme now not set to be launched in April 2014, is calling on DECC for urgent steps for greater certainty to prevent a damaging hiatus in the market. Instead of unveiling details of the keenly-anticipated second phase of the scheme, DECC's latest announcement means that the struggling renewable heat market...

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New intelligent heat recovery with Vireo from Greenwood Airvac

Greenwood Airvac, the UK's leading manufacturer of ventilation solutions, announces the launch of Vireo - the next generation of intelligent Heat Recovery Ventilation. Designed and manufactured in the UK, Vireo is intelligent across the board. Addressing all aspects of ventilation specification it has housing provider and tenant satisfaction high on its agenda. The result is an easier, better and smarter application of heat recovery ventilation in new homes: still an excellent solution for direct emission reduction in SAP, and the best solution for air tight homes...

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Specflue and MCZ set for the future

The recently announced exclusive distributorship of the famous MCZ brand by Specflue in the UK has been tangibly underwritten by the 4th Carbon Budget target of 100,000 biomass boilers in the UK by 2020 and rising to 1 million by 2030. This relates to the sector's meaningful and positive collaboration with Government on the decarbonisation of domestic heating in the UK by 2030. Biomass boilers generate heat for space and water heating through the combustion of organic matter. Domestic installations, with efficiencies of over 90%...

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Swish Building Products Light Oak specified on home transformation

Light Oak foiled wood grain cladding from Swish Building Products has been specified on the full-scale renovation of a prestigious property in an exclusive Hertfordshire post code. The 6,000 sq ft property was originally built as a Swiss chalet style home. Appointed to deliver its wholesale re-design, architects practice Design Team Consultants, specified Light Oak foiled cladding from Swish. Andrew Hayward, Design Team Consultants, explained: "The property had become really quite dated. Our brief from the owner was to create in a sense...

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When performance is everything chose Samika from Greenwood Airvac

Leading manufacturer of innovative ventilation products, Greenwood Airvac, is pleased to announce the launch of Samika, their latest development in intermittent ventilation technology for kitchens and bathrooms. Designed for use in the Social Housing sector Samika introduces the new and innovative concept of adaptive extraction for intermittent fan technology. Unique to the market, it means Samika can be adapted at the point of installation for any application...

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One of Wetherby Building Systems' recent energy efficiency projects makes passivhaus standard

56 and 58 Elliott Drive are two semi-detached non-traditionally constructed (Wimpey No-fines) properties built in the 1950's, located in rural Warwickshire and owned by Orbit Heart of England. One of the properties was retrofitted to the German Passivhaus 'EnerPHit' retrofit standard. The EnerPHit standard is newly defined and this home is the second 'general' and first 'social housing' property in the UK to achieve this extremely high standard...

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