FREE Room In
Roof Insulation
Isle of Mull

Free Room In Roof Insulation Isle of Mull

Envirohomes Renewables stands as the premier expert in Room in Roof Insulation solutions across the picturesque Isle of Mull. By enhancing energy efficiency and reducing carbon footprints, our installations are pivotal in curbing energy expenses. With our team of skilled insulation specialists, we’ve successfully completed numerous projects, ensuring that every nook and cranny of your roof space is efficiently insulated.

Backed by stellar online reviews and industry accreditations, including the coveted PAS 2030 Certification, we guarantee top-tier workmanship. Our focus lies in delivering fully funded Room in Roof Insulation services through grants like ECO 4, specifically tailored to benefit low-income households.

Our mission is to ensure that every resident of Isle of Mull, irrespective of circumstances, enjoys a well-insulated and cozy home.

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Room In Roof Insulation Grant Isle of Mull

Under the government’s Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme, generous grants are available for Room in Roof Insulation projects. These grants target the insulation of attic, loft, and dormer rooms, aligning with Scotland’s commitment to environmental sustainability. By adhering to the latest building regulations, our installations not only cut down energy bills but also contribute to the broader goal of reducing carbon emissions.

How do room in roof insulation grants work?

Both the UK and Scottish governments have committed to international agreements, including the Paris Agreement, aimed at decreasing their carbon emissions. These accords outline yearly targets for carbon reduction, which can be attained by promoting energy efficiency among homeowners.

Enhancing insulation in walls and loft spaces prevents heat loss, thus enhancing the efficiency of heating systems and lowering energy expenses.

Under the ECO scheme, excluding Northern Ireland, energy firms like Scottish Power and Npower are mandated to allocate funds to support the implementation of energy-efficient measures, such as cavity wall insulation, complimentary home insulation, or room-in-roof insulation.

This obligation is aptly named the Energy Companies Obligation scheme. If you qualify for this grant, as elaborated below, your costs will be catered to by this fund.

What Is Defined As A Room In Roof Space?

As the name suggests, a room in roof space refers to any room within the ceiling area that is accessible via a fixed staircase.

In older buildings with such spaces, it’s common to find inadequate or inefficient insulation materials and techniques, often failing to meet contemporary regulations.

Loft rooms from previous decades typically suffer from poor insulation, resulting in cold temperatures and high heating costs. By retrofitting modern insulation in these attic rooms, not only will heating expenses decrease, but the room in roof space can also become a functional area rather than just storage space.

What is
room in roof insulation?

Room in roof insulation involves the installation of blanket insulation into the walls and sloped ceiling.

Pre-cut insulation materials are placed between rafters and batts, with plasterboard placed over them.

Alternatively, glass fibre insulation can be utilized in traditional loft spaces.

The installation typically lasts no more than two days, depending on the size of the room in roof or attic, and does not significantly disrupt daily household activities.

Who's Eligible
For A Room in Roof Insulation Grant

Since its inception, the ECO scheme has undergone several iterations. The latest version, ECO4, differs substantially from its predecessor, ECO3, and introduces new eligibility criteria. As a result, households that were previously ineligible for roof insulation grants under ECO3 may now qualify, and vice versa. Under ECO4, grants primarily target homes with Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) rated in 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,
you may be eligible to receive room-in-roof insulation without having to cover the installation costs, which can typically amount to around £2,000 or more. However, it’s crucial to understand that for eligibility, at least two-thirds of the room-in-roof space must be suitable for insulation.

Even if you do not completely comply with the above criteria, it is still worth inquiring about room-in-roof insulation, as you may be eligible for a subsidy that could help reduce the installation costs. Social housing tenants who believe they meet the eligibility criteria should reach out directly to their housing association or council. These organizations frequently have their own programs in place to enhance the energy efficiency of homes. Additionally, if you own at least 50% of a housing association property, you may be eligible to apply for the room-in-roof insulation grant.

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

Loft refer to rooms accessed via a fixed staircase, with the space converted into livable quarters.

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

During home heating, warmth ascends into the loft before escaping through the roof. Insulating this area prevents heat loss, thereby maintaining a warmer house (and attic).


Loft room insulation method

While specific approaches may vary among installers, the typical method includes:

  • Removal of radiators, skirting boards, and light fixtures.
  • Placement and securing of insulation batts against walls and ceiling.
  • Installation of insulation boards between exposed beams and rafters.
  • Fitting of plasterboard over the insulation.
  • Replacement of all fittings and fixtures.

This process usually concludes within a day, causing minimal disruption to household activities.

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Attic room insulation

An attic room is also accessed by a fixed staircase. This room has most of the eaves area squared off, creating a box room within the centre of the roof space. The area around the box room is then insulated.

Attic rooms typically have a stud wall where the eaves space has been squared off (unless a dormer window is present). This stud wall is built from a wooden frame covered by plasterboard. Many stud walls have a hatch or door that allows access to the surrounding eaves space.


 


Attic room insulation method

The attic room insulation method aims to insulate the eaves space surrounding the box attic room.

  • Insulation boards are placed between rafters on the ceiling.
  • Rock wool is used to insulate the stud wall and the ceiling.

If there are no hatches or doors in the stud wall, the installer will have to cut out a small section to reach the eaves space. The opening will then be covered by a hatch or door for future access when needed.

Attic room insulation is incredibly quick and easy, taking as little as two hours to complete.

Dormer room insulation

Dormer rooms within roof spaces have served their purpose for decades, yet these valuable spaces have often been overlooked in terms of insulation. Individuals with uninsulated dormer rooms are eligible for a grant to insulate these spaces, ensuring they meet modern building standards.

Dormer rooms frequently experience excessive heat in summer and bitter cold in winter, leading to considerable fluctuations in cooling and heating expenses.



Dormer room insulation method

Insulating a dormer room involves a straightforward process:

  • The room is lined with energy-efficient insulation materials.
  • Subsequently, the entire room is plasterboarded, rejuvenating its appearance.

However, it’s important to note that the dormer room grant may not cover the entire installation process, depending on the size of your dormer room. Nonetheless, it substantially reduces your out-of-pocket expenses. The savings gained from having an insulated dormer room will ultimately offset the initial investment over time.

What Savings Can Be Made?


Room-in-roof insulation can often exceed £2,000 in cost, but with ECO4 funding, this expense is fully covered.

Beyond the installation costs, homeowners, tenants, or landlords will experience reduced monthly heating and cooling bills due to less heat (or cold) escaping through the roof.

On average, the annual energy bill savings are as follows:


• Detached house: £225


• Bungalow: £195


• Semi-detached house: £135


• Mid-terraced house: £120

ECO4 also has other grants available, including boiler grants that will replace older, inefficient boilers for free, which will save you further money on electricity and gas bills.

FAQs

It’s estimated that approximately 60% of the heat generated by your central heating system escapes through the walls and roof of your house, with about 25% exiting through the attic and roof alone. By insulating your room-in-roof space, you’ll enhance your house’s energy efficiency and save on heating bills each year.

No, repayment of the room-in-roof free insulation grant is not required. As long as you meet all eligibility criteria, the grant covers all associated costs of installing the insulation. The only exception is dormer room insulation, where the grant may not cover all costs depending on the room’s size. Nonetheless, even in this scenario, repayment of the grant is not necessary.

Room-in-roof insulation offers numerous benefits, such as:

  • Keeping a converted loft space significantly warmer, creating a comfortable living environment.
  • Preventing heat from escaping through the roof, thereby maintaining warmth throughout your entire house.
  • Reduction in energy bills.
  • Increasing the resale value of your home.
 
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