The WHISCERS™ process, developed by United House and the Sustainable Energy Academy (SEA), has been shortlisted as a finalist for a coveted 2013 Ashden Award – the UK’s leading sustainable energy award.
WHISCERS™, which stands for Whole House in Situ Carbon and Energy Reduction Solution, is a revolutionary process for internal wall insulation which uses laser scanning to measure the dimensions of a room, allowing insulation boards to be cut off-site and installed quickly and efficiently with residents remaining in their homes throughout the process.
Entered jointly by United House and the SEA, WHISCERS™ has been recognised for the savings generated over traditional internal wall insulation methods, including a 25% average saving on installation costs, up to 30% reduction in annual fuel bills as well as cutting carbon emissions by up to 80%.
The Ashden Awards are internationally acclaimed and reward high calibre, pioneering enterprises in the UK and developing world that share the organisers’ vision of sustainable energy for all. Since 2001, the awards have helped over 140 winning businesses, programmes and social enterprises – through mentoring, financial support and profile raising.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 20 June, marking the end of the Ashden Awards week.
Jeffrey Adams, Group Chief Executive of United House, said, “United House leads the way in sustainable refurbishment and it is fantastic to receive such recognition for our work, particularly from an organisation as prestigious as Ashden – who are at the forefront of championing sustainable energy.”
WHISCERS™ was showcased last week at an open house demonstration held by United House in Kilburn NW6, at one of ten properties chosen for refurbishment in partnership with Camden Council. United House demonstrated the 3D laser measuring system to housing association representatives, before explaining the various stages of the WHISCERS™ process, highlighting the quick three-day turnaround, reduction in waste and final finish quality – all with residents remaining in their homes.
The open house is part of the Europe-wide Eracobuild project, funded by the Technology Strategy Board, to support innovative schemes for retrofitting existing buildings.