January 2013

Government Clarifies Rules for External Wall Insulation to Boost The Green Deal

The planning rules have been relaxed for External Wall Insulation (EWI) work, which will make it easier for households and offices to install solid wall insulation, ahead of the launch of the Green Deal energy efficiency scheme later this month.

On 10th January 2013, Climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) had been working closely with the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to agree a clarification to planning rules that ensures the vast majority of properties will not require planning permission to install solid-wall insulation.

This clarification confirms solid wall insulation – which is commonly fitted to the exterior of a building, potentially changing the look of a property – is classified as a “permitted development”.

The final details of the Green Deal Financing will be issued on 28th January 2013.