INCA Case Study: Section 20, Vale of Glamorgan


Section 20, Vale of Glamorgan

Project Type: Refurbishment

Building Type: Low Rise, Residential

Architect: N/A

System Designer: Soltherm

Installer: Westdale Services

System & Finish: Soltherm Premium Dash + acrylic & Deco Brick ID

U-value Before: 2.04 W/m2k

U-value Achieved: 0.27/28 W/m2k

In the charming community of Parklands and Llantwit Estates, a project of transformation and community engagement unfolded. The Vale of Glamorgan Council, inspired by a vision of progress and sustainability, embarked on a remarkable journey to revitalise their housing stock. Their mission was twofold: to create energy-efficient, aesthetically pleasing homes and to foster a stronger sense of community among the residents.

This ambitious project, carefully selected as part of the council’s external works program, focused on the refurbishment of hard-to-treat terrace and semi-detached properties, as well as two-storey blocks of flats. It was a multi-phase endeavour, a testament to the council’s commitment to excellence and their desire to bring about a positive change.

To achieve this vision the dedicated team ensured that the properties became air-tight, water-resistant, and thermally efficient, revolutionising their energy performance. The installation of new flat roofing, UPVC windows, doors, and external wall insulation played a crucial role in this transformation.

There was recognition in the importance of community involvement and the residents were placed at the heart of decision-making. Engaging in extensive consultations and working collaboratively to incorporate their valuable insights into the design and implementation of the project. The result? Environmental improvements that beautify the surrounding spaces, making them more enjoyable for the entire community.

Operating within a well-defined budget, the challenge of striking the perfect balance between improvements and meeting the rigorous standards set by the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) was faced. Working in partnership with Westdales we are proud to share that we have successfully achieved this balance throughout the project. The completed works have not only resulted in well-insulated and fuel-efficient homes, but they have also brought about a significant environmental impact. Estimated that approximately 36,000 tons of CO2 emissions have been saved, contributing to a greener and more sustainable future.

Throughout the project, PAS 2035 standards were adhered to. The meticulous approach involved insulation below the DPC, roof extensions, and the installation of over 2000m2 of external wall insulation. The Soltherm Premium system was chosen for its exceptional qualities, including its economic efficiency, lightweight nature, and swift installation process. With unwavering dedication to quality and overcoming weather constraints, the project was completed with stunning finishes, using Dash, acrylic, and Deco Brick ID to replicate the original building façade.

One of the primary goals of this project was to enhance thermal efficiency and reduce heating bills for the residents. The original solid brick construction had a U-Value of 2.04, which was significantly improved to 0.27 following the installation of the 100mm EPS Premium system. This remarkable achievement demonstrates commitment to creating comfortable, energy-efficient homes that positively impact the lives of the residents.

Social involvement

Following the project completion, the members of the community were listened to and asked for their opinion of the insulation work and how it has had an effect on the reduction of heating bills, improved comfort within the home and how good their estate now looks. Confirming that a fabric first approach to addressing cold, expensive to heat and draughty homes is key to help addressing the thousands of uninsulated properties within the UK.

Quote from client

This has been a challenging but enjoyable project, it has been exciting to engage with the community and undertake a programme of works that can make a real difference to the life of the people who live on the estates and the wider community, including reducing their energy costs. As a responsible Social Landlord delivering homes to a high standard to the benefit of our tenants is a primary goal and it has been particularly satisfying to see this come together on these estates. – Adrian Thomas Vale of Glamorgan

The sub-contractors received positive feedback during the works from Carole Williams at 7 Parkland Walk. During the summer she wrote a ‘Thank You’ card to say she was particularly pleased at the time with the works that we had carried out to the drains as she’d had historic issues with them and was pleased with the workmanship. She also commented on how hard she could see everyone working over the whole site, even during the warmer days, and tried to give us money to buy everyone on site a drink which we politely declined but thanked her for the gesture. She has also since commented on how nice the blocks are looking.

In conclusion, the Parklands and Llantwit Estates Project stands as a testament to the commitment, expertise, and dedication of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and partners. Through a collaborative and inclusive approach, we have created energy-efficient, aesthetically pleasing homes that have revitalised the community and improved the lives of the residents. This project serves as a shining example of the positive impact that can be achieved when communities and councils come together to create a sustainable and thriving future for all.

Through a collaborative and inclusive approach, we have created energy-efficient, aesthetically pleasing homes that have revitalised the community and improved the lives of the residents.

Vale of Glamorgan

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