External wall insulation
External wall insulation is an innovative solution for older homes which don’t have cavity walls. According to research by the Energy Saving Trust, adding insulation to a solid brick property can reduce annual heating bills by up to £270*. External wall insulation helps to make a property warmer, more weather-tight and a wide choice of colours and textures can enhance the appearance substantially.
* Energy Saving Trust, 2014. £270 saving based on a medium-sized, semi-detached house
Do I have a solid brick property?
One of the ways to see if your home would be suitable for external wall insulation, is to simply check your outside walls against the diagrams below. If your brickwork follows the same pattern as the solid wall diagram below then you could benefit from external wall insulation.
Homes built before the 1930’s tend to have solid brick walls. They can usually be identified by both the long (stretcher) and short (header) faces being visible.
What does a solid wall look like?
Walls without a cavity usually have ‘header bricks’ which face out endways.
What does a cavity wall look like?
Cavity walls are constructed from bricks or blocks and have a gap between each wall layer.
See how much you could save on average
** These independent figures supplied by the Energy Saving Trust 2014 show how much different types of properties can save on annual heating bills by having external wall insulation.