The Technitherm system from Isothane has helped to reduce flood risk for difficult-to-treat properties in Blackburn with Darwen.
Given the concentrations of difficult-to-treat/non-standard cavity homes in some of the country’s most deprived areas, appropriate and relevant recognition of energy efficient non-standard cavity insulation measures now included in the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) will improve the housing conditions of many of our most vulnerable residents.
It will also help to address the combined agendas of health inequalities, fuel poverty, and carbon reduction, while lowering the risk of severe wind-driven rain exposure and flooding to homes.
Flooding threatens approximately 5.2 million homes in England alone. Flooding is a fact of life for many people.
However, the practical steps to reducing the impact of flooding begin with becoming more informed and making use of the information that is currently available. When conducting an energy survey, it is critical to conduct a flood risk assessment of the property to be treated.
The advice given by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) in 2001, as well as the report published jointly by Defra, the Department for Communities and Local Government, and the Environment Agency, as well as 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, removing, and replacing incorrectly specified measures in flooded homes.
For over 25 years, Technitherm structural stabilisation and flood-resilient PUR thermal insulation has been proven to be the most cost-effective, efficient, and practical flood-resilient solution for many properties designated as hard-to-treat or having non-standard cavities.
As local governments implement carbon and environmental plans in collaboration with partner organisations such as the Environment Agency, Technitherm provides an opportunity to insulate properties in flood-prone areas while also mitigating risk and cost to the public and private sectors.
“The housing stock in Blackburn with Darwen has thousands of hard-to-treat homes that we would not be able to tackle economically without Technitherm,” said Stuart Pye, housing support and customer services manager at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.
“The use of the Technitherm all-in-one system solution has assisted Blackburn with Darwen in developing long-term refurbishment solutions for underperforming, difficult-to-treat privately owned properties.”
“It has accomplished this by providing fabric insulation, draught proofing, increasing the lifespan of the building’s fabric, and improving thermal performance to significantly reduce energy demand and wastage through the building fabric.” This has not only resulted in significant financial cost savings for the residents, but the solution also provides high resistance to wind-driven rain penetration, overcoming damp problems associated with these properties and thus improving the health and wellbeing of the residents of Blackburn with Darwen.”