What is hard to treat cavity wall insulation and how can I claim grant funding?

Domestic & General Insulation are now able to offer *FREE cavity wall insulation to people living in properties that are deemed ‘hard to treat’, in many cases. In general terms, a hard to treat (HTT) property is any cavity wall property that displays a construction method that makes it difficult to install insulation using traditional methods. In many cases additional work or tools will be required to get the job done up to the standards required by the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency (CIGA).

Also known as non-standard cavities, insulation for such properties has often been expensive due to the extra work and tools that are required to get the job done right. However, this has changed in recent months as the Government chose to focus on HTT properties as part of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme.

HTT properties are now a priority for energy efficient measures and the ECO scheme provides grant funding for the installation of cavity wall insulation into these properties. This means that, in many cases, the measure will be *free!

More information about HTT grant funding

The Energy Companies Obligation scheme was created to ensure that the big six energy companies do everything in their power to help consumers shrink their carbon footprints, thus reducing their energy bills in the process. Installing energy efficient technologies, such as cavity wall insulation, has been identified as one of the principal methods of achieving this goal.

The funding for hard to treat installations is provided by a section of the ECO scheme called the Community Emission Reduction Obligation (CERO). Unlike many other funding schemes, access to grants under CERO are not means tested, meaning that anybody who has a property that qualifies will be eligible to receive a grant towards improving the energy efficiency of that property.

Qualification for the funding is determined through a visit by a fully qualified surveyor, who will examine the property in detail before providing information about the various options available.

Do I have to be a homeowner?

The simple answer is no!

The aim of the CERO initiative is to provide help for anybody living in a property that qualifies, regardless of if they own the property or not. This means that the following are all eligible for grant funding as part of the scheme:

In some cases, permission from the landlord or council may be required to complete an application, however our friendly team are always on hand to help you with every step of the process.

So how do I qualify?

There are a number of reasons that a property may be considered hard to treat and any property that is deemed to have one of these issues will be eligible for *free cavity wall insulation. Domestic & General Insulation are able to service properties that are deemed to have one of the below issues. Please also click the links for further information:

All installations will be subject to a survey and technical checks to determine eligibility.

What about my loft?

Loft insulation, as a standalone installation, can’t be grant-assisted as part of the HTT funding scheme.

However, in cases where the property has been deemed eligible for cavity wall insulation under the scheme and doesn’t have loft insulation, the loft can be insulated under the funding scheme.

So what now?

Domestic & General Insulation are able to offer free surveys to customers who want to find out if their property is eligible for funding due to being hard to treat. Our friendly surveyors will examine your property and provide you with all of the information you need to know. To book a free survey with us simply click the button below.


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