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    InBuild completes the façade of an impressive new hotel in Harrow

InBuild completes the façade of an impressive new hotel in Harrow

Travel Lodge recently opened its 71st London hotel, designed with the company’s new upgraded contemporary branding.

The Project

InBuild was appointed by the main contractor, DNA-IC Ltd, to carry out all work to the façade as an approved installer of the Wetherby external wall insulation system. Work to the exterior began in March 2017 and the hotel opened its doors in December following a rapid and efficient building programme. The work was divided into three phases with the two end sections being done first and second and the middle section filled in at the end.

160mm EPS was fitted to all external walls, except for the areas behind the cladding which were insulated with 50mm phenolic. The boards were mechanically fixed with the addition of reinforcing adhesive, and Rockwool fire breaks were fitted both horizontally and vertically for effective fire protection. Mineral fibre mesh was bedded into the top third of the base coat, and then a further tight levelling coat was applied. This was followed by primer and a silicone, textured finish top coat. Cedar cladding was fixed as per the architect’s design with stainless steel fittings.

The Result

The new 101 room hotel has become an impressive new landmark building in Harrow, and is already attracting visitors as it’s conveniently placed only 5 minutes’ walk from the town centre and 15 minutes from central London.



By |March 13th, 2018|InBuild, Insulation|

Suffolk Windmill transformed into a luxury holiday let

Towards the end of 2014, Steven Roberts contacted us with regard to an old windmill that he planned to renovate and use as a holiday let. Originally built in 1891, the windmill was in a state of disrepair and required an extensive programme of renovation which included an insulated render system.

Permarock’s insulated render system was selected and InBuild was appointed to carry out the work. There were many challenges along the way, primarily due to the fact that every surface of the building is curved. Rockwool was used to insulate the exterior walls because it has a degree of flexibility, and it was cut into thin strips 200m wide to accommodate the curves. The 200mm thick insulation was fitted with both adhesive and mechanical fixings and this was followed by mesh and a render base coat.

In order to achieve a smooth, continuous surface with no movement joints, the top coat had to be applied in one day; this meant having 16 renderers across the various levels of scaffold, all right-handed to achieve the same pattern. The resulting black render finish is both striking and practical and will require little or no maintenance.

After months of careful renovation, The Windmill Suffolk is now ready to open its doors as a contemporary country hideaway. Situated between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury and around 2 miles from historic Lavenham, the Windmill boasts panoramic views across the rolling Suffolk countryside. The luxurious interior is complemented by a ‘POD’ and balcony on the 4th floor to make the most of the stunning views. For more information and photographs or to make a reservation, please visit the website:

By |December 20th, 2016|InBuild, Insulation|

New shop opens at InBuild

Following a thorough programme of refurbishment, we are delighted to announce that our new shop is now open. With a comprehensive range of small tools, PPE and building ancillary products, customers are now able to pick up additional essential items as well as their usual insulation materials.

InBuild has earned a reputation for offering high standards of customer care combined with efficient and reliable service. We understand that time is always tight, so when you visit our shop, we aim to turn your trade counter order around in 15 minutes!

We have developed close links with manufacturers and suppliers which enable us to stay at the forefront of technology, and we continuously review our range to ensure that we are offering our customers the best products at the most competitive prices.

Our shop is open to trade customers and the general public from Monday to Friday, 8am until 5.30pm.

PPE • Small tools • Tape • Membranes
Brickwork ancillaries • Air bricks & vents
Metal track & stud • Plasterboard

By |March 14th, 2016|InBuild, Insulation|

InBuild completes BISF homes upgrade for Harrow Council

There are a number of British Iron and Steel Federation (BISF) properties within Harrow Council’s housing stock. These were constructed in the 1940s using a steel frame and concrete panels, with prefabricated metal sheeting to the exterior which was later clad in plastic. The Council identified 9 BISF properties that required an upgrade as they were particularly cold and expensive to heat. They were keen to improve the comfort of these homes and make them more energy efficient.

Harrow Council engaged Keepmoat as the main contractor to carry out the refurbishment of these houses. Keepmoat arranged for the windows to be replaced, and instructed a firm of Structural Engineers to report on the condition of the buildings. Their investigations identified some necessary repairs, so InBuild was appointed to complete the remedial work before proceeding with the external wall insulation.

InBuild used the BBA approved Insuletics external wall insulation system with a silicone based anti-crack thin top coat render providing a highly water repellant surface. New gates were fitted where required, new canopies were installed over the front doors and the downpipes and wastepipes were all replaced.

Feedback from the tenants has been excellent, with many already noticing a marked improvement in the warmth and comfort of their homes. Not only are the houses cheaper to heat but also, they have been given a complete external makeover and a new lease of life.

By |January 27th, 2016|InBuild, Insulation|
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    External wall insulation project for Guildford Council is under way

External wall insulation project for Guildford Council is under way

InBuild was selected by Guildford Borough Council to install external wall insulation to 37 homes at Guildford Park.

The council pre-surveyed the properties and found 4 that required some remedial work prior to the installation of external wall insulation. In the meantime InBuild began insulating the other 33 houses as well as removing the existing canopies, ready for replacement with new porches.

The properties are semi-detached, solid wall houses that are cold and expensive to heat. Guildford Council was keen to improve the comfort of these homes and make them more energy efficient so they chose the Alumasc external wall insulation system to upgrade them. Insulation boards will be mechanically fixed to the exterior walls, followed by mesh and render and a machine-sprayed, pebbledash finish.

InBuild’s site manager insists on consistently high standards and uses a Quality Assurance sign off form for each property at each stage of the process. Alumasc visit site regularly to inspect the work in progress and the council’s building control department also keeps an eye on the site so that tenants can be assured of the highest standards of workmanship.

Work began in July and the project is due for completion in November 2015.

By |August 3rd, 2015|Insulation|

Amber Rudd is welcomed as the new Energy Secretary

The promotion of Amber Rudd to Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has been welcomed by green business groups and campaigners.

David Cameron’s appointment of Rudd to the cabinet is seen as reaffirming the environmental credentials that many felt the prime minister had abandoned.

Greenpeace said it was hopeful about the appointment, while the Renewable Energy Association’s chief executive, Nina Skorupska, said: “Rudd has been a champion of renewables and the low-carbon economy in the past year and her appointment will do much to allay the fears some may have after the general election.”

Writing for Business Green just before the election, Amber Rudd said,

“One million homes have benefitted from energy efficiency measures since 2010 – that’s a million households that will now be permanently warmer for less. Half a million homes have installed solar PV….. Looking forward to the next Parliament, our Conservative Manifesto is clear: we will continue to support the UK Climate Change Act and cut emissions as cost-effectively as possible. We’ll do this through insulating a million more homes, supporting new nuclear power, offshore wind, marine energy and other renewables alongside natural gas and by continuing to drive smart-meter roll-out in every home.”

Amber Rudd is expected to follow the same pro-renewable agenda that was championed by Ed Davey, and her appointment signals continuity on energy policy. Having been climate change minister for most of the last year she will be able to hit the ground running.

The UK still has some of the most poorly insulated homes in Europe. Insulation is a good value energy solution that benefits the fuel poor particularly, and so energy experts will be pressing Ms Rudd to ensure the Treasury prioritises insulation in their spending [...]

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    £70 million available through Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) – now FULLY ALLOCATED

£70 million available through Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) – now FULLY ALLOCATED

On Monday 16th March, £70 million was made available through the third release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), but this was fully allocated on Thursday 26th March.

Householders who made applications prior to the closing date may have to wait up to 30 days to receive their voucher, due to exceptionally high demand. You are advised to contact your installer as soon as you receive your voucher to ensure that your installation is programmed in at the earliest opportunity, and well in advance of the voucher expiry date.

Although applications for solid wall insulation have now closed, an additional £5 million remaining from release two of GDHIF, is being made available immediately for two measures applications.

The funding will be allocated as follows:
• up to £1,250 for installing two measures from an approved list;
• up to £100 refunded for a Green Deal Assessment if it recommends the measures applied for;
• up to £500 more if applying within 12 months of buying a new home.

The approved list of measures for the £5 million remaining from the second release of GDHIF is as follows:
• Cavity wall insulation;
• Condensing mains gas boiler;
• Secondary glazing;
• Double/triple glazing (replacing single glazing);
• Flat roof insulation;
• Replacement warm air unit;
• Fan-assisted storage heaters;
• Energy efficient replacement doors;
• Floor insulation;
• Room-in-roof insulation;
• Waste water heat recovery.

Those interested in applying for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund should visit the GDHIF page on GOV.UK

Remaining funds are limited and DECC may vary the terms of the scheme (including the incentive rates) or suspend or close the scheme, with immediate effect, without notice and at any time.

A refund towards the cost of a Green Deal Advice Report is subject to a successful voucher [...]

Regional Green Deal & ECO Awards 2015 – WINNER

The 2015 Green Deal and ECO awards recognise the efforts of a Green Deal ORB Registered Installer to provide excellent customer service and to demonstrate a high standard of quality.

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the National Insulation Association, is chairman of the judging panel. The judges looked at the impact the installer’s work had on the community, what their customers had to say about them and what expertise they had.

InBuild was nominated for Installer of the Year in the East of England region for Insulation. At an awards ceremony in Cambridge on March 11th 2015 Robert Tye from InBuild was presented with a certificate and trophy as WINNER in this category.

The company will now be put forward for the National Awards. A panel of distinguished judges will be considering all the nominations, and awards will be made to companies and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Green Deal industry.

The National Green Deal & ECO Awards will take place at a Gala Dinner on Friday the 19th June, 2015, in the Ballroom of the Palace Hotel, located on Oxford Road in the heart of Manchester. The awards will be presented by Rory Bremner and the after-dinner Guest Speaker will be Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE.

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    Government announcement – a further £70 million is being released under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF)

Government announcement – a further £70 million is being released under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF)

Applications for this next phase of GDHIF open at MIDDAY on Monday 16 March.

More than 25,000 households have already received a voucher for The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund since it launched in June 2014. For the third release of funding, money has been increased for the two measures offer. Domestic energy customers will be able to receive:

• up to £3750 for installing solid wall insulation;
• and/or up to £1250 for installing two measures from an approved list;
• up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment;
• up to £500 more if applying within 12 months of buying a new home.

The £70 million for the third release will be available for applications for solid wall insulation and/or the two measures offer until all the funding is allocated.

Martin Lewis, founder and editor of, says:

There’s nothing that generates action better than free cash – which is what effectively the Home Improvement Fund is. So yet again demand is likely to be huge – the first time it was done £120m went in six weeks, then £24m went within 48 hours, so this time I suspect £70m to last not much longer than a week.
I’d suggest anyone who has already had a Green Deal assessment to be ready to pounce to make sure they aren’t left out in the cold.

To complete the two-stage application process, householders will need:
• A Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR) or Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that is less than two years old;
• A quote from a GDHIF registered installer or provider for work specified on the GDAR or EPC and included on the list of GDHIF approved measures; and
• Proof of property ownership (for landlords/undertakings only) Householders are encouraged to [...]

By |March 5th, 2015|Green, Insulation|