Solid wall insulation
Many homes in Lichfield District are of solid wall construction, mainly those built pre-1930, but also some more modern ones too.
Solid wall homes are often poorly insulated and can lose around 45% of heat through the walls. The Energy Saving Trust estimate that installing external wall insulation can save around £260 per year on heating bills.
Solid wall insulation is a relatively new concept, and it involves insulating the exterior of the walls with specialist insulating materials and applying a waterproof and sometimes decorative render over the top. The process can be complex and expensive, but the effects significant in relation to the comfort of and cost of heating the home.
In the UK, more and more people are benefitting from external wall insulation.
To help residents of the District to understand more about external wall insulation, Lichfield District Council and local partners Southern Staffordshire Community Energy and the Energy Saving Co-op – commissioned a short video to show how to identify a solid wall property, how solid wall insulation works and the benefits that homeowners can experience.
The video was funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change through its Green Deal Pioneer Places project to which Lichfield District Council bid successfully in late 2012. As part of the project the partnership also delivered four solid wall show homes across the District, and several of these are featured in the video.
If you are interested in finding out more about external wall insulation you can call the Warmer Homes, Greener District advice line on 0800 677 1543.