09 August 2010 00:00

External Insulation Could Cut Home Energy Consumption

When talking about cutting the amount of home energy that you use, a lot of places mention loft insulation or cavity wall insulation.

Double glazing and draught-proofing often make the list too, along with insulating your boiler so that it retains heat better.

But one area that is often overlooked is the outside of your property, where cladding with thermally insulating materials could help to keep the heat in during the winter months - and out during the summer.

At either time of year, this potentially leads to a reduction in home energy use as you don't need to rely so much on heating or air conditioning to keep the inside of your property at a comfortable temperature.

There are other benefits for builders, according to the Insulated Render & Cladding Association (INCA), which could also help in sustainable building projects.

For instance, by cladding the outside of a property, existing structures on brownfield sites can be brought up to date, providing the basic physical strength of the building is still there.

Cladding materials can eliminate cold bridges and weather-proof structures - as well as changing their appearance.

With ambitious targets in place to cut carbon emissions by 2050, INCA expects to see external wall insulation become increasingly important.

In the next three years alone, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target, Community Energy Saving Programme and Welsh initiative Arbed are predicted to lead to total investment into improving the energy profile of properties of around �1 billion.

This is just the next step towards the ambition of reducing the country's combined carbon emissions by 80 per cent in the next four decades.

An E.ON-supported event at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Wednesday, October 13th is to host more than 150 local authority representatives, architects, contractors, consultants and housing association officials to discuss the potential of external wall insulation further.ADNFCR-1843-ID-800017362-ADNFCR