Case Studies

Nottingham City Homes

Surefire were selected by Nottingham City Homes to deliver their Social Housing Decarbonisation Demonstrator project. Blending SHDF and ECO funding, this flagship £5 Mil contract aimed to improve E, F and G rated properties to a minimum of C rated. The project spanned over 600 units across the Nottinghamshire region. 

The retrofit was installed fully in compliance with PAS 2030: 2019 and retrofit coordination delivered to 2035 standards.

Project name: Nottingham City Homes

Address: Nottinghamshire

Scope of works: EWI, Windows, Heat Pumps, Mechanical ventilation, RIR

Contract value: 5 MIl. 

Date of completion: Ongoing 2022

Fund: Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund

Scope of Works

Adopting a fabric first approach to the works, Surefire installed a varied mix of measures.

External Wall Insulation

The decision was made to overclad the low rise units using the best in class Soltherm Ultimate HD Silicone system.

Soltherm Ultimate Silicone EWI system is a BBA approved external wall insulation system incorporating Dual Density Mineral Wool (DDMW) with a silicone render finish, designed to increase a building’s thermal efficiency & weather resistance.

  • A1 Non-combustible insulation material
  • Increased acoustic resistance
  • Mechanically & adhesively fixed
  • High vapour permeability
  • Single or Double Mesh (HD) systems
  • BBA Certified
  • ETA Approved
  • NSAI Certified
  • NHBC Approved

The technical and architectural benefits typical of a premium external wall insulation such as this include: 

  • Thermal efficiency improvement to 0.28W/mK (from < 0.45W/mK) 
  • Weather-resistant, self-cleaning Silicone finish in vibrant natural tones
  • 60 year design life 
  • 30% ECO score uplift (innovation)
  • Immediate visual improvement to property


Other Measures

Surefire were contracted to deliver a full scope of whole house retrofit measures over and above the Extermal insulation. These measures included:

  • Window replacement
  • Door replacement
  • Room in roof
  • Heat pumps
  • Mechanical ventilation 
  • EM controls
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