FREE Room In
Roof Insulation
Shetland

Free Room In Roof Insulation Shetland

Envirohomes Renewables proudly serves Shetland as the foremost expert in room in roof insulation. As advocates for energy conservation, we recognize the pivotal role that proper insulation plays in reducing energy consumption and carbon footprints.

With a dedicated team of insulation professionals, we’ve executed numerous installations across Shetland, ensuring that every home benefits from superior insulation solutions.

Underpinning our commitment to excellence, we hold esteemed industry accreditations, including the PAS 2030 Certification. This assurance of quality reflects our dedication to delivering exceptional service standards.

Through the ECO 4 grant, we extend fully funded room in roof insulation services to low-income households in Shetland, ensuring inclusivity in our mission to bolster energy efficiency.

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Room In Roof Insulation Grant Shetland

Under the government’s Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme, grants for room in roof insulation are available. These grants encompass the insulation of spaces like attics, lofts, and dormer rooms.

The ECO scheme, an environmental initiative, targets the reduction of Scotland’s carbon emissions by enhancing the energy efficiency of residences. The government offers these grants to facilitate energy efficiency enhancements and decrease homeowners’ energy expenses.

The insulation provided by the grant complies with current building regulations and utilizes the latest insulation materials.

How do room in roof insulation grants work?

The UK and Scottish governments have committed to international agreements like the Paris Agreement, aiming to reduce their carbon footprint. These agreements outline annual carbon reduction targets, which can be met by promoting homeowner efficiency.

Insulating walls and loft spaces can significantly reduce heat loss, enhancing the efficiency of a home’s heating system and lowering energy bills.

As a component of the ECO scheme (excluding Northern Ireland), energy providers such as Scottish Power and Npower are obligated to allocate funds to support the implementation of energy-efficient measures, including cavity wall insulation, complimentary home insulation, or room in roof insulation.

This obligation is the basis for the Energy Companies Obligation scheme. If you meet the eligibility criteria for this grant (as outlined below), your costs will be covered by this funding.

What Is Defined As A Room In Roof Space?

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

In older buildings with such spaces, roof insulation may be lacking or may have been installed using inefficient materials and methods that do not meet current standards.

Loft rooms from previous decades often suffer from poor insulation, resulting in cold temperatures and high heating costs. Installing modern insulation in these attic rooms can significantly reduce heating bills and transform the room in roof space into a functional area, rather than just storage.

What is
room in roof insulation?

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

Pre-cut insulation material is inserted between rafters and batts, followed by the placement of plasterboard over the material.

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

The entire installation process typically lasts no more than two days, contingent upon the dimensions of the room in roof or attic room, and does not interfere with daily activities in the household.

Who's Eligible
For A Room in Roof Insulation Grant

Since its inception, the ECO scheme has undergone several iterations. The current version, ECO4, differs substantially from its predecessor, ECO3, and introduces new eligibility criteria. As a result, households previously ineligible for roof insulation grants under ECO3 may now qualify, and vice versa. Presently, grants under ECO4 target houses with Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) 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 are eligible to receive room in roof insulation at no expense for installation, which typically costs around £2,000 or more.

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

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

Tenants in social housing who believe they meet the eligibility criteria should reach out directly to their housing association or council. These organizations frequently implement their own programs to enhance energy efficiency in homes. If you own 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 insulation entails the placement of insulation materials between joists or against the roof surface, effectively minimizing heat loss. This strategic installation mitigates thermal inefficiencies in loft spaces, optimizing heating retention and reducing energy expenditure.


Loft room insulation method

Each installer may have a slightly different methodology, but here is the general method for loft insulation:

  • Radiators, skirting boards and any light fixtures are removed.
  • Insulation batts are placed against the walls and ceiling and are secured.
  • Insulation boards are fitted between any exposed beams and rafters.
  • Plasterboard is fitted over the insulation material.
  • All fittings and fixtures are replaced.

This method will take less than a day to complete, with minimal disruption to the household.

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Attic room insulation

Attic rooms feature enclosed spaces within the roof structure, necessitating tailored insulation solutions. By insulating surrounding eaves areas, homeowners in Shetland can enhance thermal comfort and mitigate temperature differentials within attic spaces.


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, although historically neglected, present valuable opportunities for insulation upgrades. By insulating dormer spaces, homeowners can optimize energy efficiency and cultivate comfortable living environments.


Dormer room insulation method

Insulating a dormer room is an uncomplicated process:

  • The room is boarded with energy-efficient insulation materials.
  • The entire room is then plasterboarded, leaving the room looking like new.

Specifically, the dormer room grant may not cover the entire installation process (depending on the size of your dormer room), but it will significantly reduce your out-of-pocket pay. The savings made from having an insulated dormer room will pay for itself in time.

What Savings Can Be Made?


Room in roof insulation can be a significant expense, often exceeding £2,000, but with ECO4 funding, this cost is fully covered.

In addition to covering the installation expenses, homeowners, tenants, or landlords can expect reduced heating and cooling bills each month due to decreased heat (or cold) escaping through the roof.

On average, annual energy bill savings are as follows:



• Detached house: £225


• Bungalow: £195


• Semi-detached house: £135


• Mid-terraced house: £120

Furthermore, ECO4 offers other grants, including boiler grants that replace older, inefficient boilers for free. This can result in additional savings 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% escaping 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, you are not obligated to repay the room in roof free insulation grant. If you meet all eligibility criteria, the grant will cover all associated costs of installing the insulation. The only exception is dormer room insulation, which may not cover all the costs, depending on the size of the room. However, even in this case, you do not have to repay the grant.

Room in roof insulation offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Keeping a converted loft space much warmer, creating a comfortable living environment.
  • Preventing heat from escaping through the roof, thereby keeping your entire house warmer.
  • Reducing energy bills.
  • Increasing the resale value of your home.
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