Insulate, insulate, insulate

If we add more insualtion and simples controls, we would reduce the need for heating and help our drive towards cardon neutrality by 2030. 

 

Why the contribution is important

It would reduce the need for all forms of heating as the house would be a cozy sealed box. 

by JamieF2030 on February 11, 2021 at 09:20PM

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  • Posted by JuliePearce February 12, 2021 at 16:15

    Insulation isn't cheap. The cost to add external insulated render to our 1940's built single block bungalow is over £30k. This is out of reach for many, although it would help them to save money in the longer term through reduced fuel bills. Government subsidies or interest-free loans would go a long way to having much more insulation installed in Island properties.
  • Posted by JaneyD February 13, 2021 at 08:17

    Internal insulation doesn't need to be expensive. I'm sure I could do some of the basic things like loft insulation myself if someone could show me what to do. Could Highlands College put on a Saturday or evening class (only like a need to go once or twice so not a huge time commitment). Maybe it could be something at a community centre or parish hall so we wouldn't need to drive there!
  • Posted by JamieF2030 February 13, 2021 at 20:26

    Thanks for initial comments. New build is easy as its only 10% of the housing stock. The government need to invest in the future by subsidised/support into helping upgrade the existing housing stock so the island can to reach its goal of Carbon neutrality by 2030. My view is people want to do this but 50/50 would help everyone and create work. Imagine every household not needing heating in a cold spell like we have this week.
  • Posted by antonygibb February 14, 2021 at 18:59

    Using the right type of insulation is critical. If you seal up and older, solid walled, moisture permeable buildings you will create damp problems. The 'Green Deal' in England, which subsidised the installation of internal and external wall insulation, has resulted in problems to the extent that some buildings have become uninhabitable, as a result of insulation being applied incorrectly, or the incorrect type of insulation being used.
  • Posted by Nomad February 22, 2021 at 08:22

    We used AeroTherm recently. 1mm plaster that we covered internal brick walls with which has eliminated condensation and mould and made the house feel warmer. We’re also able to turn down our heating by a further 1 degree.
    https://www.aerotherm.co.com/
    Available from Lincolnshire Lime in the UK.
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