Scottish Government make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority

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scotland-flagThe Scottish Government has announced a new raft of measures to tackle climate change, including a promise to make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority.

The pledge which has been championed by 200 members of the Energy Bill Revolution means that Scotland will become the first national in the world to make this breakthrough.

Following a visit to a housing energy efficiency project in Dumbiedykes in Edinburgh (which has utilised Alumasc Swisslab EWI System), Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod revealed the Energy Efficiency Programme will provide an offer of support to all buildings in Scotland – domestic and non-domestic – to help them achieve a good energy efficiency rating over the next 15-20 years.

One measure that both domestic and non-domestic properties could implement is External Wall Insulation (EWI) which totally encapsulates the building structure which is the most effective way of insulating a building, with least risk of cold bridging and interstitial condensation.

The Scottish Government recently announced the next phase of the HEEPS: Cashback Scheme and a new HEEPS: Loan Scheme to tackle fuel poverty. Homeowners, private tenants and for social landlords can apply for 75% of the cost of Solid Wall Insulation SWI up to a maximum of £4,500 and/or up to £1,200 for a range of other recommended energy efficiency measures.


Park Road Flats – West Lothian

Swisslab from Alumasc is the market-leading direct-fix EWI insulated render system for overcladding existing properties. It is extensively used to upgrade housing and strongly contributes to urban regeneration.

A number of refurbishment projects in Scotland have already benefited from the Alumasc Swisslab EWI system, including The Devonway Estate in Clackmannan and Park Road Flats in West Lothian.

Swisslab is a BBA Approved, fully warranted system with an effective life in excess of 30 years. Swisslab is fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable and allows the fabric of the building to act as a heat store, increasing thermal efficiency.

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