Oldham, United Kingdom -- The assistant chief executive of the British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturers’ Association Mel Price (BRUFMA) has described 2015 as a “rollercoaster” for the PIR and PUR rigid foam industry due to uncertainty and a lack of clarity on the energy efficiency retrofit agenda.
Following withdrawal of a number of key pieces of legislation, as previously reported at UTECH-polyurethane.com, she said “it was very much a waiting game” but added that there “was a much more positive end of the year”.
“Since the election housebuilding has taken off, driven by Help to Buy and removal of some obstacles for housebuilders and insulation manufacturers have reaped the rewards.
“Companies including PIR/PUR suppliers are working flat out to supply the demand for high quality insulation to meet tighter energy efficiency standards within the Building Regulations.
“However what would replace these important energy efficiency incentives going forward to tackle our huge national retrofit challenges? The answer to that question in the short term seemed to be in the hands of the chief executive of the BRE, Peter Bonfield.
Bonfield was tasked by the government to lead an independent review of energy efficiency policy with a particular focus on protecting the consumer. Green Deal mis-selling and inadequate installation will be investigated, Price said.
“Bonfield recognises the importance of allowing the construction industry to come up with the solutions which will work for consumers but also importantly for the industry itself.”
She said Bonfield had done a great job of getting people to sit down together and putting the ball in the industry’s court to focus on what is really important, including installation but also getting specification right.
“The agenda is not about which is the right fiscal incentive, but about focusing on the quality of the measures installed first, including the right detailing and installation leading to a credible performance guarantee – before looking to consumer engagement and building consumer confidence. There is every chance that by mid-January, after a somewhat uncertain picture in 2015, we will have a clearer way forward,” she added.
Price’s full article can be accessed at the BRUFMA website.