Dunoon residents advised to register for free insulation scheme

Local MSP, Michael Russell, is highlighting a home improvement scheme – funded by the Scottish Government Argyll and Bute Council, BCA and Alienergy and available exclusively to Dunoon.

The MSP is urging residents of Dunoon to register now for  this free insulation scheme for hard to treat homes.

The UHIS grant scheme is for solid walled properties and will stop taking referrals at the end of this month.

Residents who have not registered their interest before the 31st March will be unable to join the 173 other stone walled properties who have already benefited from this unique grant scheme.

There is no qualifying criteria other than living in a property:

  • which is not in the social rented sector
  • which is made of stone,
  • which is a no fines concrete construction
  • or which is a pre-1970s non-traditional timber frame.

Michael Russell says:

‘This scheme is available to properties in and around Dunoon and is time limited.

‘Residents who are interested in reducing their fuel bills should register and take advantage of the free no obligation survey on offer. Money is available to install internal wall insulation and there need be no cost to the tenant or resident. I would urge anyone who is interested to register using the hotline at 01501 825682.

‘Time is running out, Dunoon residents who want to feel warmer and save some money on their fuel bills should register their interest before it is too late.

‘Argyll has a lot of properties which are, because of their construction, considered hard to treat and therefore leave residents at higher risk of fuel poverty.

‘This is a great opportunity to take advantage of this unique Scottish Government funded grant scheme.’

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9 Responses to Dunoon residents advised to register for free insulation scheme

  1. “‘This scheme is available to properties in and around Dunoon and is time limited.”

    .. and when is this going to be available to the rest of Argyll (and Scotland)?

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    • Yes indeed… when? And, will it apply to a pre 1970′s Dorran? And, will the installers be a firm in the local area? And… is it REALLY free?

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      • If you’re thinking of insulating a pre 1970s Dorran you might well need to do a lot more to it at the same time – even maybe a completely new concrete blockwork outer ‘shell’, given the incidence of structural deterioration in these houses, and I just wonder if any government agency would finance insulation unless the house was otherwise sound?

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  2. There could be some snags in this.

    The first being the cost of redecorating all the outside walls (if not the whole rooms) after the insulated board goes on. This could make this scheme less attractive to poorer householders who might not have the readies to cover decorating.

    Will the existing lathes and plaster be removed before the insulated board goes up?

    Will the skirting boards be removed and refitted afterwards.

    What thickness of board is going to be used and how will it but up to Victorian cornices?

    How will they deal with mantlepieces?

    Anybody with any detailed information?

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    • No detailed info, but I wonder if the powers-that-be are considering the notion of external insulation, as more commonly used in continental Europe but beginning to be used in Britain. Render on insulation applied to the exterior of a house has the great advantage of being unbroken, with no ‘cold bridges’ where walls between rooms break the continuity of internal insulation linings.
      Obviously it can require extension of window sills, roof edges etc – as well as repositioning of rainwater pipes and gutters. But it has the great advantage of minimal disruption to the occupants, and no loss of interior decorative plaster detail in older buildings.

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      • It’s quick and economical to apply too; the only downside is that it can’t really be applied to victorian buildings unless they are already rendered without dramatically changing their appearance. My parents’ house has rubblestone walls, only the edges are of dressed stone; even if you were happy making the change I’m not sure it would get through planning.

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  3. Always wary of fully rendered exteriors – they look great but with age, can cause some tricky damp issues.

    I’m in an 1890 flat and currently looking at how to better insulate it – problem is there are cold bridges everywhere that are going to be pretty hard to overcome, and almost make insulating not worth it.

    If it wasn’t a stone building, I’d consider render, but old (and stone) buildings like to breathe.

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  4. WE WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT THIS ENTAILS, OUR LOWER FLAT OF A VILLA IS DATED CIRCA 1840,BUT, IT HAS HUGE THICK WHINSTONE WALLS …. Eileen

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