Washington, DC -- Insulation industry leaders in the US launched the Council of the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) 2 Feb to provide a unified, focused voice for the industry in legislative policy debates.
The NAIMA council will advocate policies and programmes that "mandate, encourage, and incentivise increased energy efficiency in new and existing residential and commercial buildings and industrial applications," said a statement from the group.
One drawback as far as foamed plastic insulation is concerned may be that NAIMA itself does not represent them. It is the association for North American manufacturers of fiber glass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation products.
But the 2 Feb statement from the group said that Council membership "is open to thermal and acoustical insulation manufacturers-- regardless of insulation product type -- and their suppliers locatedin North America."
"With the Obama Administration and Congress focused on job creation, energy policy, and climate policy, we believe the time is right for our industry to unite and educate policy-makers about how insulation can address each of these issues and make positive contributions to the country's future," noted Jeffrey Brisley, chairman of the council's organising committee and senior vice president for sales & business development at Knauf Insulation.
"If policy-makers want to create good jobs while increasing the energy efficiency of the nation's building stock, increased funding for insulation installation is the quickest, simplest way," commented NAIMA president and ceo Kate Offringa, who will direct the council's day-to-day operations.
"We are engaging immediately in relevant policy debates, including the effort to pass the President's proposed Home Star or 'Cash-for-Caulkers' program in a jobs bill and to move energy efficiency provisions forward in any energy and climate legislation," Offringa added.