Leighton Buzzard, UK --- The UK's National Insulation Association (NIA) has set up a new group to grow the market for solid wall insulation (SWI) in the UK.
NIA is the lead trade body representing manufacturers, system designers and installers of external wall, internal wall and hybrid wall (external and internal wall in the same property) insulation.
The association says the UK has are around 7 million uninsulated SWI properties, and a new Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) requires a major increase in SWI insulation volumes if the Government is to achieve its climate change targets.
NIA and its members have a key role to play in this transformation and are committed to doing this in a controlled and sustainable manner. Also its aims to maintain high quality and standards and ensure consumer protection.
As a result, NIA has established a dedicated SWI Steering Group, the NIA Solid Wall Group, to carry out the industry's strategy and plans.
Neil Marshall, chief executive of the NIA, said: "The NIA is uniquely placed to shape the SWI market as it covers both external and internal wall insulation and the NIA Solid Wall Group has the specialist knowledge, experience and technical expertise to engage effectively with Government, external bodies and consumers in developing the market."
David Lawrence, MD of Lawtech Ltd, a national specialist External Wall Insulation (EWI) contractor, will chair the group and Lorraine Scott of Sto Ltd, an EWI system designer, is vice chair.
Lawrence said: "I am very pleased to have the opportunity to lead the group in taking forward this critical work which will make a major contribution to tackling climate change and addressing fuel poverty by ensuring that the millions of uninsulated solid wall properties are effectively insulated over the coming years."
The group's activities will include:
- Educating consumers and raising awareness of the benefits of SWI;
- Providing support and guidance for specifiers of SWI including Green Deal providers and assessors, energy suppliers, and social housing providers;
- Industry training;
- Quality and standards of installation;
- Consumer protection.