FREE Room In
Roof Insulation
Inverness

Free Room In Roof Insulation Inverness

Envirohomes Renewables takes pride in being Inverness’s premier specialists in room-in-roof insulation. We recognize the significance of room-in-roof insulation in curbing energy expenses and lessening your household’s carbon footprint.

Our proficient team, comprised of trained insulation installers, has successfully executed numerous room-in-roof insulation projects across Inverness. With our top-notch insulation solutions, we establish a thermal barrier that effectively prevents heat loss from any roof space.

Backed by stellar online feedback and all pertinent industry certifications, including the PAS 2030 Certification, we guarantee the highest standard of workmanship.

Our current focus lies in providing fully funded room-in-roof insulation services through the ECO 4 grant, particularly targeting low-income households receiving benefits. It’s our commitment to ensure that every resident in Inverness, irrespective of their circumstances, can enjoy a well-insulated home.

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Room In Roof Insulation Grant Inverness

Under the government’s Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme, grants for room-in-roof insulation are available. 

These grants cover the expenses associated with insulating attic, loft, and dormer rooms.

The ECO scheme, an environmental initiative aimed at reducing Inverness’s carbon emissions, underscores the government’s commitment to enhancing home energy efficiency and cutting down on energy bills.

The insulation facilitated by these grants adheres to current building standards, employing state-of-the-art insulation materials.

How do room in roof insulation grants work?

The UK and Scottish governments have committed to international agreements, such as the Paris Agreement, which set targets for carbon emission reduction.

Improving homeowner efficiency is pivotal in achieving these targets. Insulating walls and loft spaces minimizes heat loss, thereby optimizing the efficiency of home heating systems and slashing energy costs.

Within the ECO scheme (excluding Northern Ireland), energy companies like Scottish Power and Npower allocate funds to support the installation of energy-efficient measures, including cavity wall insulation and room-in-roof insulation.

This initiative, known as the Energy Companies Obligation scheme, provides financial assistance to eligible recipients, covering their expenses.

What Is Defined As A Room In Roof Space?

A room-in-roof space refers to any room within the ceiling structure that is accessed via a fixed staircase.

Older buildings often lack proper insulation in these spaces, leading to inefficiencies in heating.

By upgrading insulation in existing loft rooms, homeowners can significantly reduce heating costs and transform these spaces into functional areas rather than mere storage rooms.

What is
room in roof insulation?

Room-in-roof insulation involves installing blanket insulation in walls and sloped ceilings.

Precut insulation materials are placed between rafters and batts, with plasterboard covering the insulation. Glass fibre insulation is commonly used in traditional loft areas.

This process typically takes no more than two days, depending on the room’s size, and causes minimal disruption to household activities.

Who's Eligible
For A Room in Roof Insulation Grant

Since its inception, the ECO scheme has undergone various iterations. The current version, ECO4, differs significantly from its predecessor, ECO3, and comes with updated eligibility criteria. Consequently, households previously ineligible for roof insulation grants under ECO3 may now qualify, and vice versa. Presently, grants provided through ECO4 target houses with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating falling within the E, F, or G bands.

There are certain eligibility criteria related to income benefits that must be met by people living in the household.

These will qualify you for a room in roof insulation grant:

  • Income Support
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit or Savings Credit)
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Housing Benefit
  • Universal Credit

Even if neither you nor someone in the household is claiming one of these benefits, you may still be eligible for a grant if your household earns less than £31,000 per annum and you are a:

  • Homeowner
  • Private tenant (with the landlord’s permission)
  • Landlord

If you meet the above criteria, homeowners to receive room-in-roof insulation without bearing the installation costs, which can amount to £2,000 or more. However, at least two-thirds of the roof space must be insulatable to qualify for the grant.

Even if you do not completely comply with the above criteria, even if homeowners don’t fully meet the eligibility criteria, they may still qualify for subsidies, reducing installation expenses. Social housing tenants can directly contact their housing association or council to inquire about available schemes aimed at enhancing energy efficiency. Additionally, homeowners with a 50% stake in housing association properties can apply for room-in-roof insulation grants.

How to arrange room in roof insulation
if you think you're eligible

Applying to receive room in roof insulation funding is relatively straightforward in Scotland.

Simply arrange for an Energy Grants Surveyor to come to your house. The surveyor will arrange a date to inspect your room in roof area and check to see if you meet all the requirements. You can also contact Envirohomes Renewables to check your eligibility. The surveyor will then arrange a date for your insulation to be installed.

The Three Types
Of Room in Roof Insulation

Loft insulation

Lofts, accessed via a fixed staircase, often serve as living spaces within the roof area.

Loft insulation involves the placement of insulation boards and other materials between the joists in the loft room space or against the roof. The aim is to insulate the internal area of the loft space, including its walls, ceiling, and any water tanks or pipes within.

As heat rises when you heat your home, it typically ascends into the loft area and then escapes through the roof.

By insulating this area, heat loss is reduced, helping to maintain a warmer house (and loft).


Loft room insulation method

Though each installer may employ a slightly different approach, here is a general method for loft insulation:

  1. Remove radiators, skirting boards, and any light fixtures.
  2. Place insulation batts against the walls and ceiling, securing them in place.
  3. Fit insulation boards between any exposed beams and rafters.
  4. Install plasterboard over the insulation material.
  5. Replace all removed fittings and fixtures.

This method can typically be completed in less than a day with minimal disruption to household activities.

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Attic room insulation

Attic rooms, accessible via a fixed staircase, often feature a squared-off eaves area, creating a box room within the central roof space. The surrounding area is then insulated.

Typically, attic rooms have a stud wall where the eaves space has been squared off, unless a dormer window is present. This stud wall is constructed from a wooden frame covered by plasterboard and often includes a hatch or door for accessing the surrounding eaves space.



Attic room insulation method

The insulation process for attic rooms aims to insulate the eaves space surrounding the box attic room:

  1. Insulation boards are positioned between rafters on the ceiling.
  2. Rock wool insulation is utilized to insulate the stud wall and the ceiling.

In cases where no hatches or doors exist in the stud wall, the installer may need to cut out a small section to access the eaves space. Subsequently, this opening will be covered by a hatch or door for future access as needed.

Insulating an attic room is remarkably quick and straightforward, often completed in as little as two hours.

Dormer room insulation

Dormer rooms within roof spaces have been utilized for decades, yet these versatile spaces have often been overlooked in terms of insulation. Individuals with uninsulated dormer rooms are eligible for a grant to insulate this space and meet modern building standards.

Dormer rooms frequently experience extreme temperatures, becoming excessively hot in summer and freezing in winter. This can significantly impact heating and cooling expenses.



Dormer room insulation method

Insulating a dormer room is a straightforward process:

  1. The room is lined with energy-efficient insulation materials.
  2. Subsequently, the entire room is plasterboarded, giving it a fresh appearance.

Although the dormer room grant may not cover the entire installation process (depending on the size of the dormer room), it substantially reduces out-of-pocket expenses. The savings gained from having an insulated dormer room will eventually offset the initial investment.

What Savings Can Be Made?


Investing in room-in-roof insulation can often exceed £2,000, but with ECO4 funding, this expense will be fully covered.

In addition to covering installation costs, homeowners, tenants, or landlords will benefit from reduced monthly heating and cooling bills, as less heat (or cold) will escape through the roof.

On average, the following annual energy bill savings can be expected:


• Detached house: £225


• Bungalow: £195


• Semi-detached house: £135


• Mid-terraced house: £120

Furthermore, ECO4 offers additional grants, such as boiler grants, which provide free replacement of older, inefficient boilers. This leads to further savings on electricity and gas bills.

FAQs

Approximately 60% of heat generated by central heating systems escapes through walls and roofs, with about 25% escaping through attics and roofs alone. Insulating room-in-roof spaces enhances energy efficiency and leads to substantial annual savings on heating expenses.

No, the room-in-roof insulation grant does not require repayment. As long as eligibility criteria are met, all associated costs are covered by the grant. The only exception may be for dormer room insulation, where additional costs may apply based on room size. Nonetheless, the grant remains non-repayable.

Room-in-roof insulation offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Enhanced warmth in converted loft spaces, creating comfortable living areas.
  • Prevention of heat loss through the roof, resulting in overall warmer homes.
  • Reduction in energy bills.
  • Increase in the resale value of properties.
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