Isothane’s Technitherm system has helped to mitigate flood risk for hard-to treat properties in Blackburn with Darwen.
Given the concentrations of hard-to-treat/non-standard cavity homes in some of the most deprived areas of the country, appropriate and relevant recognition of energy efficient non-standard cavity insulation measures now contained within the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) will improve the housing conditions of a great many of our most vulnerable residents.
It will also help to address the combined agendas of health inequalities, fuel poverty and carbon saving, while reducing the risk to homes from severe wind-driven rain exposure conditions and flooding.
Around 5.2 million homes in England alone are at risk of flooding. For many people, flooding is a fact of life.
However, the practical steps to reduce the impact of flooding start with being better informed and using the information currently available. When carrying out an energy survey, it is essential that a flood risk assessment is carried out of the property to be treated.
The advice given by the Association of British Insurance (ABI) in 2001 and in the report published jointly by Defra, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Environment Agency, and in the Pitt Review following the 2007 floods should be strictly followed if homeowners are to avoid the major remedial works and high costs associated with drying out, removal and replacement of incorrectly specified measures in flooded homes.
Technitherm structural stabilisation and flood-resilient PUR thermal insulation has been proven in use for over 25 years to be the most economical, efficient and practical flood-resilient solution for many of the properties designated as being hard-to-treat or having non-standard cavities.
Technitherm provides an opportunity to insulate properties in flood risk areas, as well as acting as mitigating risk and cost to the public and private sector purse as local authorities under their carbon and environmental plans take a coordinated approach with partner organisations, such as the Environment Agency.
Stuart Pye, housing support and customer services manager at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, said: “The housing stock in Blackburn with Darwen has thousands of hard-to-treat homes that without Technitherm we would not be able to tackle economically.
“The use of Technitherm all-in-one system solution has helped Blackburn with Darwen to develop sustainable refurbishment solutions for poorly performing, difficult to treat privately owned properties.
“It has done this by providing fabric insulation, draught proofing, increased the lifespan of the fabric of the building together with improved thermal performance to substantially reduce energy demand and wastage through the building fabric. This has resulted not only in consequent significant financial cost
benefits to the residents but, in addition, the solution also provides high resistance to wind-driven rain penetration, overcoming damp problems associated with these properties thereby improving the health and wellbeing of the residents of Blackburn with Darwen.”