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Energy efficiency is ‘plain abseiling’ for Liverpool tower block

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More than More than 140 residents in the Conway Street tower blocks in Liverpool are set to benefit from cavity wall insulation which could save them up to £75 a year on their energy bills.Insulation for tower blocks
Tempo were able to take a unique approach to improving the energy efficiency of two 17-storey tower block in Liverpool – by abandoning scaffolding and abseiling down the side of the buildings instead.
The scheme was funded by energy company E.ON with residents benefiting from the energy saving measures which came at no cost to them.
Tempo’s specialist team of insulation experts steered clear of the more traditional scaffolding poles and planks, instead filling the cavities in the building whilst they were suspended by ropes, sometimes 155 feet off the ground. As well as needing a head for heights, the team battled torrential rain and wind to get the job done in just four weeks.
Rhodri Andrews, from energy efficiency specialists installers Tempo, said: “We believe we’re the only company doing this type of work in the North West, and we’ve developed the procedure to provide a cost-effective and non-intrusive insulation solution for high rise tower blocks.
“By using innovative techniques, we didn’t need to have scaffolding up on the tower blocks for weeks on end. The feedback from residents was that they much preferred this way; they felt more secure at home not being surrounded by scaffolding and at the end of each day we could simply pull up the ropes and you wouldn’t know anybody had been on site.”

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The Conway Street tower blocks are understood to be the first in Liverpool and the North West to have used abseiling techniques to fill cavities with insulation. E.ON funded the scheme through its commitment to the Energy Companies Obligation scheme.Eon logo
Energy Efficiency Director, Don Leiper, added: “Energy saving schemes like this bring real help to people to reduce their energy consumption and cut their bills. These projects are funded through our customers’ bills which is why we make sure we provide this help in the most cost-effective way we can. By working with Tempo in this way we’ve been able to cut the costs of delivery as well as reducing time on-site and inconvenience to residents.”
Abseiling is a non-intrusive, cost effective way of being able to undertake the work. Using specialist techniques to Cavity Insulation off ropes in Liverpoolanchor the ropes, the insulation engineers used a combination of weighted systems and anchor bolts. All employees had to undergo rigorous training to be able to qualify and reach the desired standard.
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