ECO+ scheme: retrofit insulation with grant … and with SuperQuilt
Energy bills are skyrocketing, and Cornwall Insight expects that they will not decrease any time soon. More specifically, the leading forecaster predicts that most households will have to pay 500 pounds a month for their energy consumption this year, a sum that surpasses rent or mortgage for many. To help people reduce their energy bills and make UK homes more energy efficient, the UK government announced the so-called ECO+ scheme, starting from April 2023 and running until March 2026.
Read on to find out how these new measures can help you mitigate the effects of the energy crisis, and how ECO+ grants can help you save around £310 a year on energy bills, according to government estimates. We will also walk you through the benefits of using SuperQuilt to better insulate your home.
The ECO+ scheme
The recently launched ECO+ scheme works in tandem with ECO4, the government scheme that was launched in 2013 and has since encouraged 2.4 million people to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. With ECO+, the UK government is putting aside one billion pounds to help a number of target groups to improve their homes’ thermal performance. The grants – which in most cases will have to be applied for through the energy suppliers – are not only aimed at low-income households but also at people living in homes with poor EPC rating (of D or lower) or in low Council Tax bands (A-D). You can check which Council Tax band your home is in by using the Council Tax valuation list, or consult your home’s EPC via the government’s Find Energy Certificate Service.
Retrofit insulation options
The energy efficiency measures included in ECO+ are: loft insulation, pitched roof insulation, flat roof insulation, under floor insulation, solid floor insulation, park home insulation, room-in-roof insulation, secondary heating controls, cavity wall insulation, and external and internal solid wall insulation. Areas for retrofit insulation, especially internal wall insulation and pitched roof insulation are of interest to both homeowners and roofing installers. In this context, we would like to introduce our SuperQuilt Lite and SuperQuilt Trade products, which we recently added to our existing SuperQuilt offer to cover every budget.
The SuperQuilt range
SuperQuilt, the UK’s leading reflective multifoil insulation for both new and existing roofs, walls and floors, comes with a lot of benefits. Being an effective 2-in-1 insulation and vapour control membrane, it stops the passage of moisture and reduces the risk of condensation. Moreover, our multifoils are quick and easy to install, ensuring faster project completion, and they allow you to use less material to achieve the same thermal performance, which amounts to important cost savings. Thanks to their reduced thickness, SuperQuilt multifoils increase the available living space. Finally, they are a sustainable choice, as they are manufactured in Britain using at least 83% recycled materials.
1. SuperQuilt Lite
SuperQuilt Lite is a versatile and thermally efficient multifoil of only 32 mm thick, made up of 9 high-quality flexible layers. Thanks to its unique configuration, it offers a high thermal performance despite its thin profile. The reflective outer layers of the product increase the overall thermal performance of the product once installed (R-Value up to 2.10 m²K/W), equivalent to up to 90 mm Mineral Wool.
2. SuperQuilt Trade
The unique composition of SuperQuilt Trade offers a cost-effective solution and sustainable approach to insulation. With an overall thickness of just 40 mm and consisting of 19 thermally efficient layers, it successfully deals with all forms of energy transfer. This high-quality insulation offers good value and return in terms of money, time and effort.
3. The best choice for your project
To help you decide between SuperQuilt Lite and SuperQuilt Trade for your insulation works, we list the main differences below.
|SuperQuilt Lite||SuperQuilt Trade|
|R-value||Up to 2.11 m²K/W, equivalent to 90 mm of mineral wool insulation.||Up to 2.84 m²K/W, equivalent to 125 mm of mineral wool insulation.|
|Reduction in heat loss||Up to 76%||Up to 82%|
|Thickness||32 mm||40 mm|
|Weight||460 g/m2||659,6 g/m2|
|Core thermal resistance||0,77 m²K/W||1,52 m²K/W|
|Roof (core + cavities)||1,67 m²K/W||2,44 m²K/W|
|Mineral wool equivalent thickness||75 mm||105 mm|
|Wall (core + cavities)||2,11 m²K/W||2,84 m²K/W|
|Mineral wool equivalent thickness||90 mm||125 mm|
|Floor (core + cavities)||3,14 m²K/W||3,89 m²K/W|
|Mineral wool equivalent thickness||150 mm||170 mm|
As you can see from the final six lines in the table: our products have different R-values for different applications. Unlike traditional insulation materials, multifoils work by utilising the core thermal resistance and thermal resistance gained from the reflective foil surfaces. They gain additional thermal resistance from the cavities when placed in a wall, roof, or floor.
Check out our instruction videos for a step-by-step demonstration of how to install SuperQuilt in pitched roofs, masonry walls and other applications. Our FAQ section explains, among other things, what reflectivity is and how our multifoils work. If you have questions or would like free technical advice tailored to your specific project, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 01909 726 025.