External Wall Insulation and Other Energy Efficiency Improvements
Mr & Mrs E lived with their family in a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Heswall. Built around 1950, it had solid walls that were very cold in winter, which meant that annual heating bills were high and condensation was often a problem. External wall insulation from Sustainable Energy Services provided the answer. Enabling energy savings of around £300 a year, it came with a 25 year guarantee and added many thousands of pounds to the value of the property.
In 2014, Mr & Mrs E recognised that it was time to do something about their 1950s semi-detached house. The roof needed to be repaired and the solid walls needed to be insulated because they were extremely cold in the winter months. The family was concerned that even if the roof was fixed, the cold walls would still be subject to condensation so problems with damp would remain.
The walls are made of brick, with rendering on the upstairs level. There was no cavity that could be insulated and fitting insulation to the inside of the walls would have meant considerable upheaval as well as a loss of some floor space. The other alternative was to fit external wall insulation, which would substantially improve the home's energy efficiency and would also improve the appearance and value of the property.