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Insulate Magazine Issue 14 - January 2018

Featuring exclusive articles, standing out from the crowd, NIA conference review, keeping everything moving and Review, Reflect and Reset the new year edition of insulation provides a kick start to 2018...

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The only independent insulation industry trade magazine Insulate Exclusive Industry Collaboration and Future Planning Lead Discussions Derek Horrocks, Chairman of Sustainable Energy UK and Permarock Products who was recently appointed Chair of the NIA opened the conference with a fantastic address to members, giving a review of 2017, the work carried out by the Association to support its members and key achievements and his and the Boards vision for the future. The tone for the day was set through commitments to industry wide collaboration to gain best outcomes, greater engagement of members, supporting members and Government by growing the market, tackling climate change and fuel poverty through insulation. Priority work streams for the Association included collaborating on key policy developments, helping its members’ access business opportunities, improving quality & standards and confidence in the industry. potential and win critical bids. The presentation focused on three key points – the attributes of consistently successful bids, how your team can recover from a lost bid and golden rules to deliver repeatable bid success. The presentation was well received by members. Malcolm Hanna of the National Energy Foundation gave a presentation on Internal Wall Insulation opportunities and a new installation process known as WHISCERS (Whole House In-Situ Carbon and Energy Reduction Following on from a members Q&A with the NIA strategic board the mornings speakers took to the podium, Denise O’Leary of Purpol Marketing delivered an informative presentation on bid writing – ‘the winning bid’ she shared knowledge on how businesses can realise their Solution) stating that it’s an ideal way of retrofitting internal wall insulation in hard-to-treat housing. After lunch NIA Chief Executive, Neil Marshall paid fitting tribute to outgoing chair, Tony Hardiman MBE, speaking of Tony’s stewardship of the role, Neil commented “Tony has committed 16 years to the NIA and was instrumental in the forming of the organisation and key achievements; we cannot express enough thanks for his contribution”. 12 www.insulatenetwork.com

The only independent insulation industry trade magazine Richard Mellish of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy then delivered a presentation on future Government policies for energy efficiency and fuel poverty and said that he looked forward to further input from the NIA to help shape future policies and programmes. Colin Timmins of trade association BEAMA delivered a Summing up Derek Horrocks explained that the aims of the day were to provide delegates with details of future opportunities and key information on items that would impact the industry in 2018. He also urged NIA members to engage with the NIA team to bring about future changes that would benefit householders, Government and the industry. He also thanked the exhibitors and the sponsors; British Board of Agrement, Kiwa, Energy Store and AlivaUK for their support in helping fund a successful event. presentation on the new industry guidelines for ventilating a property when insulation is installed which have been developed jointly by BEAMA and NIA. The day’s events were concluded with an informative presentation by Andy Chesterman \Co-Founder and Data & Compliance Director at DAMM Solutions on the new General Data Protection Regulations being introduced in May 2018. For more information contact Duncan Murray at the NIA press office on 01604588111 or email Duncan@provencepr.co.uk 13 13