FREE Room In
Roof Insulation
Lothians

Free Room In Roof Insulation Lothians

At Envirohomes Renewables, we’re dedicated to providing top-notch room in roof insulation services tailored to Lothians residents. Room in roof insulation plays a pivotal role in curbing energy expenses and shrinking your household’s carbon footprint. Our seasoned team of insulation experts has executed numerous room in roof insulation projects across Lothians, ensuring that each installation enhances energy efficiency while maintaining utmost quality.

With a stellar track record showcased through glowing online reviews and comprehensive industry accreditations, including the prestigious PAS 2030 Certification, we prioritize delivering work of the highest standards.

Our commitment extends to offering fully funded room in roof insulation services under the ECO 4 grant to low-income households in Lothians. We take pride in ensuring that every individual in Lothians, irrespective of their circumstances, can benefit from a well-insulated home.

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Room In Roof Insulation Grant Lothians

Under the government’s Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme, residents in Lothians can access room in roof insulation grants. These grants are designed to cover the expenses associated with insulating attic, loft, and dormer rooms.

The ECO scheme forms part of a broader environmental initiative aimed at reducing carbon emissions in Lothians by enhancing the energy efficiency of residential properties.

By leveraging these grants, homeowners can not only cut down on energy bills but also contribute to environmental conservation efforts.

How do room in roof insulation grants work?

The governments of both the UK and Scotland have committed to international agreements, including the Paris Agreement, aimed at reducing their carbon footprint. These agreements establish annual carbon reduction targets that can be attained by assisting homeowners in enhancing efficiency.

Through the insulation of walls and loft spaces, less heat is allowed to escape, leading to improved efficiency in a home’s heating system and consequent reductions in energy bills.

Under the ECO scheme (excluding Northern Ireland), energy companies such as Scottish Power and Npower are mandated to allocate funding for the installation of energy efficiency measures like cavity wall insulation, free home insulation, or room in roof insulation.

This obligation is why it’s termed the Energy Companies Obligation scheme. If you qualify for this grant (explained below), your expenses will be covered by this fund.

What Is Defined As A Room In Roof Space?

As suggested by its name, a room in the roof space is any room within the ceiling connected to a fixed staircase for access.

In older buildings with such spaces, there is often a lack of roof insulation or the use of inefficient insulation materials and techniques that do not meet current standards.

Loft rooms constructed several decades ago are typically inadequately insulated and cold, making heating them very challenging and costly. By installing modern insulation in existing attic rooms, heating bills can be reduced, and the room in the roof space can serve a functional purpose beyond mere storage.

What is
room in roof insulation?

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

This process typically includes fitting pre-cut insulation materials between rafters and batts, followed by plasterboard installation. Glass fibre insulation is commonly used in conventional loft areas.

The installation process is efficient, with minimal disruption to daily activities, usually completed within two days, depending on the room’s size.

Who's Eligible
For A Room in Roof Insulation Grant

Since the inception of the ECO scheme, there have been numerous iterations. The current version, ECO4, differs significantly from its predecessor, ECO3, and introduces new eligibility criteria. This implies that households previously ineligible for roof insulation grants under ECO3 may now qualify, and vice versa. Presently, grants under ECO4 are targeted towards houses with Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) placing them 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 can receive room in roof insulation without bearing the installation costs, which can amount to approximately £2,000 or more.

It’s crucial to emphasize that a minimum of two-thirds of the room in the roof space must be insulatable to be eligible for the grant.

Even if you do not completely comply with the above criteria, it’s worthwhile to inquire about room in roof insulation, as you may still qualify for a subsidy, reducing your installation expenses.

Social housing tenants who believe they meet the eligibility criteria should reach out directly to their housing association or council. These organizations frequently implement their own initiatives to enhance energy efficiency in homes. If you own 50% of a housing association property, you can 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

Lofts, accessed by a fixed staircase, often feature a room within the roof area converted into a living space.

Attic insulation involves placing insulation boards and materials between the joists in the attic room or against the roof. The objective is to insulate the internal area of the attic space, including walls, ceilings, and any water tanks or pipes within.

During home heating, warmth rises into the attic area and escapes through the roof. Insulating this space impedes heat loss, maintaining a warmer house (and loft).


Loft room insulation method

While installation methods may vary slightly among installers, here’s a general approach:

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

This method typically requires less than a day to complete, with minimal household disruption.

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Attic room insulation

Attic rooms, accessed via a fixed staircase, typically feature a central box room within the roof space, with most of the eaves area squared off. The surrounding area is then insulated.

Usually, attic rooms include a stud wall where the squared-off eaves space meets (unless there’s a dormer window). This stud wall consists of 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 central box attic room:

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

If there are no existing hatches or doors in the stud wall, the installer may need to cut out a small section to access the eaves space. This opening will then be fitted with a hatch or door for future access as required.

Insulating attic rooms is remarkably swift 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 valuable spaces have often been overlooked for insulation. Individuals with uninsulated dormer rooms are eligible for a grant to insulate these areas and meet contemporary building standards.

Dormer rooms often experience high temperatures in summer and chilly conditions in winter, leading to substantial impacts on cooling and heating bills.



Dormer room insulation method

The insulation process for dormer rooms is straightforward:

  • The room is lined with energy-efficient insulation materials.
  • The entire room is then covered with plasterboard, revitalizing its appearance.

Please note that the grant for dormer rooms may not cover the entire installation process, depending on the size of your dormer room. Nonetheless, it significantly reduces your out-of-pocket expenses. The savings generated from having an insulated dormer room will eventually offset the cost.

What Savings Can Be Made?


Room in roof insulation can often exceed £2,000 in cost, but with ECO4 funding, this expense will be entirely covered.

In addition to the installation costs, homeowners, tenants, or landlords will also benefit from reduced monthly heating and cooling bills due to decreased heat (or cold) loss through the roof.

On average, you can expect the following annual energy bill savings:

• Detached house: £225


• Bungalow: £195


• Semi-detached house: £135


• Mid-terraced house: £120

Furthermore, ECO4 offers additional grants, including boiler grants that replace older, inefficient boilers at no cost, resulting in additional savings on electricity and gas bills.

FAQs

Room in roof insulation is vital as it helps retain heat within homes, significantly reducing energy wastage and lowering heating bills.

By insulating attic spaces, residents in Lothians can enhance their homes’ overall energy efficiency.

No, room in roof insulation grants do not require repayment, provided all eligibility criteria are met.

Whether it’s attic, loft, or dormer room insulation, residents in Lothians can enjoy cost-free insulation installations, contributing to long-term energy savings.

Room in roof insulation offers numerous advantages, including:

  • Keeps a converted loft space much warmer and creates a comfortable living space.
  • Prevents heat from escaping through the roof, keeping your entire house warmer.
  • Reduction in energy bills.
  • Increases the resale value of your home.
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