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Insulate Magazine Ecobuild 2018 Special Edition

Ecobuild 2018 special edition of Insulate Magazine, featuring Insulate exclusive articles and excellent insulation insight from Mauer, BBA, Insulation Superstore, Isover, NIA, Netsezch, 3M, IMA, Quinn, MIMA,

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The only independent insulation industry trade magazine While some of that could be attributed to growth in China, it also suggested that other qualities of the brand were enough to keep some - if not all - of its existing customers. The picture has started to change more recently, though. 2018 has brought reports of a reduction in sales of diesel cars generally. The VW issue is seen as part of that, but the biggest driver (pun intended) has been the messages coming from Government. A Taxing Problem Talk of higher taxes on diesels - because of pollutants other than carbon dioxide - and eventual outright bans as part of tackling climate change, lead to the inevitable question: why would anybody buy a diesel car right now? And because this is a magazine about insulation and construction, another question is: could a similar fate befall buildings that don’t deliver their designed performance? Already it feels like the tide could be starting to turn. Stories about defect-ridden new homes seem to feature in the mainstream media increasingly often. While that may not be enough to fire widespread public anger, it can only add to the pressure that is starting to come from a few voices in the corridors of power for the delivery of better quality construction. Supply and Demand In the automotive industry the tide has largely turned. There are more than enough cars to meet demand, so car companies now need to invest in an alternative vision of the future. VW have committed to 70 billion Euros of investment in a shift towards electric vehicles. In construction, the incentive for volume housebuilders to compete with one another for an alternative vision doesn’t yet exist. 60% of new houses are built by just ten companies; there are far too few houses to meet demand. Nipping it in the bud Questioning the suitability of current housing stock in a similar way to questioning diesel cars would risk further damaging a housing market that the Government already acknowledges is broken. Why would anybody buy a diesel car right now? That’s not for Insulate magazine to worry about, but we can wonder about the day that low energy construction becomes the norm - whether through public or official pressure - and there’s a legitimate case for asking, why would anybody buy an inefficient home right now? 26

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