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Specifiers Journal 2016

Specifiers Journal 2016

Save money and reduce

Save money and reduce carbon emissions with insulation The National Insulation Association (NIA) is highlighting that many energy saving insulation solutions are readily available for domestic, commercial and public sector buildings and is urging specifiers to upgrade and insulate their housing and building stock. The NIA represents the UK’s manufacturers and installers of cavity wall, solid wall and loft insulation as well as draught proofing. As a membership organisation, it actively supports Government policies for insulation to reduce energy bills, tackle fuel poverty and climate change and aims to raise awareness of the benefits of insulation. The way a building is constructed, insulated, ventilated and the type of fuel used, all contribute to its energy consumption and carbon emissions. A worrying fact is that a significant proportion of the money spent on energy is literally being thrown out of the window as 38 SPECIFIERS JOURNAL a result of inadequate levels of insulation, with around 58% of the heat being lost through the roof and walls alone. There are still millions of households that are yet to be properly insulated - over 7 million solid walls and 5 million cavity walls still need insulating. There are also 7 million lofts that have inadequate insulation and are still in need of topping up. Home insulation is the single most effective method of reducing fuel bills and carbon emissions. The amounts that can be saved on fuel bills are substantial; The Energy Saving Trust reports that by simply installing Cavity Wall Insulation (CWI) savings from £90 up to £275 per year can be made depending on the size of the property. If the loft is currently uninsulated, insulation could save from £135 up to £240 a year – even if it has some loft insulation topping up to 270mm could save money. The savings are even greater for insulating solid walls, from £145 per year in a typical gas-heated flat, up to £455 per year in a detached home! Draught-proofing windows and doors can save between £25 and £50 per year and when installed with other measures will greatly increase the comfort in a home. NIA Registered Members… the preferred choice for your projects The National Insulation Association (NIA) is encouraging the use of its members as the preferred choice for specifiers looking for support in the design and delivery of their upcoming refurbishment and new build projects on domestic, commercial and public sector buildings. NIA registered members have considerable experience of working with energy suppliers, private and social

housing managers, funders, builders and other specifiers in delivering high quality energy efficiency schemes. The NIAs members include the leading manufacturers/system suppliers and installers of cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation (both external and internal), loft/roof insulation and draught proofing so we are able offer a one stop shop. The NIA and its members offer a range of support including: • Information, advice and guidance on funding opportunities. • Assistance with the design, specification and delivery of multi property, multi measure upgrades including bespoke solutions. • Access to a national network of qualified installers who can all be found on the NIA website. • Issue expressions of interest and requests to tender for installation work to NIA members. • An online member directory via its website www.niauk.org Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA commented: “Companies have to meet our strict membership criteria to join the NIA which includes appropriate levels of insurance, relevant accreditations and approvals, Health and Safety, customer care policies and procedures and statutory accounts. This provides specifiers and project managers with assurance and peace of mind when choosing an NIA member. “Along with our established Code of Professional Practice (CoPP) for domestic consumers, last year we launched a CoPP for our members operating in the new build and commercial markets designed to provide clients and specifiers in these sectors with additional reassurance by setting out the quality, standards and professionalism they can expect from an NIA registered member. “We have also had an increasing number of Local Authorities (LAs) and Housing Associations (HAs) contacting us asking for help in finding insulation companies to carry out work on their behalf. Therefore we have introduced ‘expressions of interest and tender request’ service. Through this free service we issue expressions of interest and tender requests to our members on behalf of LAs, HAs, other specifiers and project managers which provide them with the benefit of avoiding the need to contact lots of different companies and is immediate saving time and money.” Organisations interested in these services should contact Bev Hodson at the NIA bev.hodson@nia-uk.org or call 01525 383313 SPECIFIERS JOURNAL 39

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