VAT reduction for secoTHERM

H.M Revenue & Customs have confirmed that they now recognise secoTHERM as an E.S.M (“Energy Saving Measure”). Although that sounds quite boring, it actually has a huge beneficial impact on affordability.

Recognised Energy Saving Measures qualify for a reduced VAT rate of 5% instead of the usual 20%. 

“…HMRC are in agreement that the product qualifies as an ESM.”

“….when “SecoTHERM” is supplied and fitted by your Approved Applicators and they meet all other conditions in Public Notice 708/6 (Energy-saving materials), Section 2 the supply can be charged at the reduced rate”

To qualify for the reduced VAT rate, the energy-saving wallcoating has to be installed by an approved applicator such as ourselves – DIY projects do not meet the requirement.

This is great news. Installation of secoTHERM energy-saving waterproof wallcoatings was already a highly cost-effective solution for treating cold and damp walls. But now it is even better value.

There is more information available on the HMRC website energy saving products page.

You pay the reduced rate of 5% for:

  • controls for central heating and hot water systems
  • draught insulation, eg around windows and doors
  • insulation on walls, floors, ceilings, lofts, etc
  • solar panels
  • wind turbines
  • water turbines
  • ground-source heat pumps
  • air-source heat pumps
  • micro combined heat and power units
  • wood-fuelled boilers

We provide free surveys and no-obligation quotes. So why not contact us today? The solution to your damp and cold problems is within reach, and is now even more affordable!



Coloured Waterproofing for Walls. SecoFLEX is a unique waterproof, coloured masonry coating. Covers cracks and blemishes. Elastomeric, so will NOT peel or flake.


Professional Masonry Paint. secoTHERM is a transparent coating that protects masonry, brick and stone from penetrating damp. It reduces heat loss by up to 30%


The ultimate injection damp proof course. A professional SecoMUR DPC installation will protect against rising damp and help to dry out your property.




We are approved installers of these advanced protective wall coatings and chemical injection damp-proof course. 

Choosing an approved specialist firm gives you these advantages:

Quality of workmanship: Unlike a general builder or decorator, specialist applicators are trained in these products to meet stringent quality standards.

Peace of mind: Professional application of secoTHERM, secoFLEX, and secoMUR wall treatments by an approved installer comes with a 10- or 20-year guarantee.

Umbrella Home Solutions

We are based in Stoke-on-Trent and can cover most areas within a day's travelling distance. If we do not cover your district we can put you in touch with your nearest approved installer.