External Wall Insulation (EWI) and Associated Maintenance Works – Futures Housing Group

Futures Housing Group provide around 9000 affordable homes and neighbourhood services across the East Midlands The housing group take a proactive approach to engaging innovative technologies to improve the homes and welfare of their tenants.

Scope

External Wall Insulation (EWI) and Associated Maintenance Works

Client

Futures Housing Group

Value

c..£1m

Completion

April 2014

Services Provided by J Tomlinson

Repairs & Maintenance
Energy Efficiency
Refurbishment

Project Background

The housing group take a proactive approach to engaging innovative technologies to improve the homes and welfare of their tenants. Recent concerns over energy efficiency and carbon emissions have motivated Futures to ensure their properties are as thermally efficient as possible, to help residents keep warm and reduce energy consumption.


J Tomlinson Solution

J Tomlinson was engaged to undertake EWI and associated works for Futures Housing Group properties in Ripley, Langley Mill and Heanor areas as part of the client’s drive for more energy efficient properties and neighborhood regeneration. We undertook a range of additional works such as lowering external pathways to below the internal floor level to eliminate cold spots, replacing door canopies and renewing rainwater goods.

As an expert in EWI we were able to advise on the product and finish best suited to the properties and the needs of the client and the residents. The client chose a 90mm EPS board with a dash finish, which provides a low maintenance, long life and weatherproof finish and has a 25 year insurance backed guarantee.

J Tomlinson provided a full ECO funding package, completing the Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to establish the carbon saving, procuring a Chartered Surveyors Report and managing all funding applications on behalf of the client. Through our extensive experience of CERT, CESP and ECO we were able to secure extremely competitive funding rates direct with an energy company.

To help Futures Housing Group residents understand the EWI work on their properties and ensure its smooth running, we appointed a dedicated Resident Liaison Officer and developed a bespoke resident EWI hand book outlining what residents could expect during the works, along with contact details for any queries.

As part of our obligation to engage with the local community, we have extended our services in providing EWI to the wider community, working with both Futures Housing Group and Amber Valley District Council to offer competitive rates for installation, but to also assist in securing ECO funding for homeowners and private tenants. Additionally, J Tomlinson worked closely with a local Langley Mill Primary School, where we undertook some much needed maintenance works free of charge in exchange for storage of our materials over the summer holiday break.


Project Achievements

Reduced Carbon Emissions – on average each property saves around 52 tonnes of CO2 each year

Reduced energy bills and warmer properties for tenants

Provided and managed ECO Funding on behalf of the client

Improved community engagement through working with the local primary school and local homeowners and private tenants.

Significantly improved the external appearance of Futures properties

Minimal disruption to residents