loft conversion

Posted by Admin - 06/07/2016

 

Have you cashed in and reaped the benefits of converting your loft space into a living space?

If you are looking at innovative ways to improve the energy efficiency of your rental property it may be time to consider room-in-roof insulation.

A lot of energy efficiency improvements have mainly focused on the downstairs of properties rather than in the roof.  With the introduction of funding for room-in-roof insulation this looks to curb the estimated 25% of heat loss through poorly insulated roofs thus improving energy efficiency.  According to The Energy Savings Trust room-in-roof insulation can save tenants roughly 30% on heating bills.

Evidently not only is this a practical option to help regulate the temperature of the property but also helps to mitigate and control bills.

You may be aware that from April 2018 the law will state that any property that is let out must have an EPC of band E or above.  Therefore, if implementing room-in-roof insulation in your loft conversion improves your energy efficiency this will benefit you for the legislation changes.

By making your property more energy efficient you are not only ensuring your stock is legally compliant but it will also ameliorate the value of the property thus making it a more attractive purchase for prospective buyers.

This can be done via funding from the Government’s Energy Companies Obligation scheme which is a fund that all utility companies pay into to subsidize the costs of measures which will prevent carbon emissions.

You may be wondering, is my property suitable for room-in-roof insulation?

If any of the following points apply your property, it may be a beneficial option to consider:

  • Your property has a loft conversion which can be entered from a fixed staircase
  • Your property has an attic which can be entered from a fixed staircase
  • This area is found underneath a pitched roof