My partner and I are looking to buy a house on Dugdale Crescent which as yet has not been reclad. Could somebody answer a couple of questions for us
1 Is there asbestos in the outer lining?
2 How do you apply for funding from the council to reclad/insulate?
3 Can anybody let me know a contractor who undertakes this work?
Welcome to BISF House and congratulations on buying your House in Dugdale Crescent, It’s a great location and I’m sure that you will find the majority of home owners here warm and welcoming.
The answer to your first question is no, there is no asbestos in the outer lining of a BISF House. Generally speaking asbestos containing materials were used pretty sparingly in BISF Houses apart from the original corrugated asbestos roofing sheets which were fitted at the time of construction. You will no doubt have noticed that the majority of BISF houses in Dugdale Crescent have had their roofs replaced with tile effect steel roofing systems made by Decra Tile.
In most cases all traces of the original roofing sheets would have been removed by an approved asbestos removal contractor, however it is always worth checking the loft space, as one property in the crescent found that the old sheets had been broken up and left in the loft space by an unscrupulous contractor. The chances of this happening is very rare though and in this documented case, the remaining material was removed safely and effectively, but at a cost.
Other areas where asbestos can be found are no different to the majority of post war houses of this period.
These being original bath panels, some walled sections surrounding the cooker, and the walled area surrounding the outside toilet if still fitted.
There is some asbestos at the top of the original internal stench pipe too but in general it is of low grade risk and can be easily and safely removed.
So in summary, the roof used to contain the largest portion of asbestos followed by a few panels around the house which was typical of post war construction.
In certain properties, the flue casing materials can contain asbestos insulation but I am not aware of any in Dugdale Crescent properties.
External Wall Insulation
The Council does not supply funding for EWI (External Wall Insulation).
The current funding stream comes direct from the Government in the form of the Green Deal Home improvement Fund.
The last phase of this funding has just been released under the current Government scheme, however as we enter the General election, it is not known if this scheme will continue should we have a change of Government in the coming weeks.
At the height of the scheme last year, you could have applied for £6500 of free cash toward the cost of insulating your house. £6000 was the funding amount, plust a £500 bonus for new occupants who had purchased their house within the last 12 months if I remember correctly. Because this amount was so high. there was a bit of a stampede for the cash, causing the scheme to run out of money very quickly. The scheme was re-opened but the funding amount was reduced by over £2000 for new applicants, which was a little unfair to say the least.
Currently, we don’t really know if the funding will continue. If the Tories stay in power, then it probably will continue, if not, there is still a chance that a new Government will introduce or maintain the current scheme as the UK is required by undertake these energy saving measures due to European Laws designed to cut emissions and reduce energy consumption.
Typically an installation can cost anything from £6,500 up to £14,000 depending on the company. The installer must be green deal certified if you are using Green Deal Funds. If not, you can effectively order the insulation yourself and ask any fitter to install it, possibly saving a considerable amount.
Personally, I would sit tight and see what happens post election.
As for contractors, there is a full list available from the Department Of Energy And Climate Change.
See link http://gdorb.decc.gov.uk/green-deal-participant-register
Insulating your home is one of the best things you can do to protect your investment as it not only keeps your home warmer, reducing fuel bills but it can also increase the value and future mortgage-ability too.
I hope this answers some of your questions and feel free to ask as many more as you like.