29 September 2022

Taking Net Zero to new heights

Union Technical retrofitted insulation to several high-rise tower blocks using a technique that’s not for the faint hearted.

Scotland Excel’s Energy Efficiency Contractors framework is designed to support our members with their journey towards Net Zero by 2045.  In this article Kirsty Brown, Head of Business Development for Union Technical spoke with Kelly Nugent, Senior Procurement Specialist at Scotland Excel about a project that will deliver real benefits for social housing residents. 

Kirsty Brown, head of business development told us: “Union Technical are a family-owned business based in Glasgow with national coverage across the UK. We are primarily installers of energy saving measures covering insulation, heating and renewable technologies but are also Project Designers and Managers working in the social and domestic housing sector.

“This project comprised of the installation of thermal insulation to brickwork cavities in 15 multi-storey high rise tower blocks. The scope of works included abseiling down the elevations of the tower blocks, drilling holes in which to insert the pumping hoses and blowing insulation into the cavities. At the time of writing this we are the only company in the UK able to offer this fully funded service to social housing providers.

“High rise blocks are notoriously difficult to retrofit and improve the thermal insulation without the vast cost of scaffolding being erected. We offer a quick fix and immediate improvements to thermal comfort for residents, as well as cutting fuel bills and energy demand, all leading to less carbon emissions and climate damage.

“Assuming that properties are being operated to a comfortable heating level, annual carbon reduction across the 15 confirmed blocks is 1,422.5t/year.”

Kelly added: “All contractors on the Energy Efficiency Contractors framework understand the importance of the decarbonisation of the energy industry and Union Technical’s project is just one of the many examples of innovation taking place.”

This feature is part of Scotland Excel’s ‘Supporting the journey to Net Zero’ campaign that aims to support the Scottish Government’s ambitious target for Scotland to become Net Zero by 2045.