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Karen Heath

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National Insulation Association:

New Specifier service rolled out


Zero Carbon Homes: Changes to

the London plan, explained

View From the Top: Two industry

leaders share their thoughts

See The Future: It all starts with

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CPD: Where should you start






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Editor’s Letter

The word insulation as described by the Oxford dictionary

means the act of Insulating something, we as insulation

professionals will all have our own way of explaining both

the need and the reason behind what we do, whether you’re

a large scale thermal PIR manufacturer or “one man band”

installer of mineral roll, your concept and reasoning for your

role in the industry will be as diverse and changeable as the

industry itself.

The past decade has been one of exponential ups and

downs. In equal measure, with ever changing grants and

subsidies affecting end users and the industry alike, the

industry has had to

remain both robust and adaptable to these ever changing

times. The reality of our industry is that we all have a common

goal, to develop, create and install the most thermally

efficient insulating materials that that it is possible to

achieve, its key that as an industry we constantly bear that

in mind.

Insulate Magazine has been created to Inform, Educate and

Connect the Insulation Industry, The Construction Industry

and networks of relevant interested parties to ensure that

we are able to celebrate the high levels of work that go

into the form of “insulating something” each day. It is with

great pride that i present to you the first edition of

Insulate Magazine and i thank all of the advertisers,

associations and individuals that have foreseen

the relevance of the publication prior to seeing any

copy. I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as

we have enjoyed the journey to get to this launch!

Have a Great Christmas

Colin Heath BSc (Hons) Managing Editor

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This scarf by architect Sam Jacob features the

wiggly symbol used to represent insulation on

architectural drawings.

The Insulation Scarf is the second in a series by the

London-based architect – a magazine columnist who was

formerly a director of the now-defunct FAT. It features a

grey background, with a black pattern based on the

insulation symbol.

“Insulation Scarf takes the universal drawing symbol for insulation and applies it

to an actual piece of human insulation – the scarf you wrap around your neck,”

said Jacob. The Insulation Scarf is the second in a series by the London-based

architect. The first was patterned like wood and named Plank

The Insulation Scarf follows on from the Plank Scarf, which is patterned with the

markings seen on pieces of wood. Similar to its predecessor, the Insulation scarf

has frayed edges on either end, and is knitted with just two colours of wool.

Jacobs formerly worked with architects Sean Griffiths and Charles Holland as

FAT. The studio was known for its avant-garde, post modern-influenced design.

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NIA Launches

Specifiers Service

Expression of interest project planning starts

Neil Marshall

Chief Executive NIA

The NIA is a lead trade body for manufacturers and installers of insulation

measures in the UK and would recommend that organisations


assistance in undertaking insulation projects contact our members

who can help with design, specification and installation.

Using NIA members who meet strict criteria and sign up to a Code of

Practice also provides added reassurance and peace of mind.

The NIA has launched a FREE service to help specifiers find NIA

members to work on their projects.

The new expressions of interest service enables specifiers to provide

the NIA with details of their forthcoming projects and enable

them to then issue requests for information and tender requests to

thier members on the specifiers behalf saving time and money.

For more details of the service email

For insulation companies interested in NIA membership, we represent

the manufacturers, system certificate holders and installers of

all the main insulation measures and we are committed to delivering

added value and creating additional business opportunities for our

members through the provision of a range of support services.

For insulation companies

interested in NIA

membership, we represent

the manufacturers, system

certificate holders and

installers of all the main

insulation measures and we

are committed to delivering

added value and creating

additional business

opportunities for our

members through the

provision of a range of

support services.

Insulation companies

interested in joining us

should contact Bev Hodson

at the NIA or

call 01525 383313

Insulation companies interested in joining us should contact Bev

Hodson at the NIA or call 01525 383313


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What is the London Plan?

The London Plan is the statutory spatial development strategy outlining six core objectives for the

Greater London area. First published in 2004, the Plan has been amended and added to. Most

relevant to the construction industry is Chapter 5, London’s response to Climate Change, which

includes requirements for sustainable development within the Greater London area.

What’s happening to it?

As of October 1 2016, the London Plan requirements for energy statements are changing, with a

significant revision to section 5.2 “minimising carbon dioxide emissions”. The adjustment to the

policy requires all major developments will be required to be ‘zero carbon’ however if this cannot

be achieved then a cash in lieu contribution will be sought. In addition to the ‘zero carbon’ targets,

further emphasis is to be placed on district heating networks and a new requirement to follow the

cooling hierarchy, which includes an in depth overheating risk analysis, will be introduced. This blog

will focus on the ‘zero carbon’ element of the GLA guidance1 on preparing energy statements.

How will this affect developers?

All major developments within the Greater London Authority (GLA) currently have to submit an

energy strategy to comply with policies 5.2 to 5.9 of the London Plan. These policies cover a range

of topics including but not exclusive to: sustainable design and construction, decentralised energy

networks and renewable energy.

The area most developers are aware of is Policy 5.2 Minimising Carbon Dioxide Emissions, which

involves following the energy hierarchy: Be Lean, Be Clean and Be Green. The Be Lean stage

requires major developments to meet or exceed Part L of the building regulations through energy

demand reduction methods alone. Be Clean requires the viability of district heating and combined

heat and power (CHP) systems to be assessed.

The final stage, Be Green, requires a feasibility study for renewable or low/zero carbon technologies

to be undertaken with a commitment to reduce CO2 emissions through onsite generation. The

current level of this commitment is to demonstrate a minimum 35% improvement over Part L of the

2013 Building Regulations.

Although the Government announced in July 2015 that it does not intend to pursue the zero carbon

homes target at present, it remains in place within the London Plan and will be applied to all major

residential developments received on or after October 1 2016. The “zero carbon” target requires the

new developments to follow the energy hierarchy as outlined above (still meeting the 35% reduction

in CO2 at the Be Green stage) but with the remaining emissions to be off-set through a cash in lieu

contribution to the relevant borough.

These funds will then be ring-fenced to secure carbon dioxide savings elsewhere. The cash in lieu

payment is to be £60 per tonne of carbon dioxide for a period of 30 years based upon The Mayor’s

Housing Standard’s Viability Assessment, although this figure can be decided at a borough level.

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What will the developers make of this?

First and foremost it is likely to come as

a surprise to a majority of developers as

there has been very little so far in the way

of announcing the ‘zero carbon’ targets.

The target was included in the updated

guidance on preparing

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energy assessments (March 2016) and has

stayed largely unreported. With developers unaware

problems could be caused with planning

applications being rejected for not including a

strategy on how the target will be met or a calculation

demonstrating the cash in lieu contribution.

Although the target will lead to increased costs

it is unlikely this will lead to development stalling

as was one of the major concerns with the

governments zero carbon homes target which

were scrapped earlier in the year. This is partly

being attributable to the buoyancy of the London

property market which isn’t seen elsewhere.

Can you give a cash in lieu example?

A carbon offset payment has been calculated

for a previously completed project which comprised

of 14 residential flats with a combined

floor area of 993.50 m2. The flats were designed

to exceed Part L requirements using individual

gas boilers for heating and hot water. Then a 15

kWp solar PV system was installed to achieve a

42% improvement over the Building Regulations


After the PV at the Be Green stage, the site

wide emissions stood at 10.664 tonnes CO2/

year. Assuming the offset price of £60 per tonne,

this works out at £640 per year and multiplying

the figure to cover the 30 years gives a total of

£19,200 to be paid to the Carbon Offset Fund.

What do you make of the changes?

It is pleasing to see the Greater London Authority

adhering to previous commitments on carbon

dioxide reduction, with viability assessments indicating

the “zero carbon” targets will not compromise

future housing development. The target is

seen as essential to ensure London is ready for

the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

introduction of zero energy buildings by 2020.

Graham Suttill







Graham Suttill is a sustainable buildings assessor and

technical team leader at

Darren Evans Assessments Ltd

Darren Evans Assessments is a specialist and experienced full service

energy assessments provider with the in-house capability to deliver a

wide range of highly technical studies.

Working from initial project concept stages through to completion, our

approach remains the same – providing clients with cost effective,

flexible and easyto-understand solutions to support the achievement of

the energy standards they require.


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The View

From the top

With this being our launch issue, the Insulate team put some big questions to two

industry leaders to get some insight as to the trends in the industry today.

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After a turbulent decade in the Industry, we wanted our

first main feature at Insulate Magazine to really get a

feel for how the industry is right now, armed with just a

few big questions we approached mtwo major players

to give us as much oversight as they could. First we

talked to Adrian Pargeter, Head of Technical and

Marketing at Kingspan Insulation.

What trends have you seen evolving in

the industry this year?

There has been a notable increase in the

use of Building Information Modelling (BIM)

as a specification tool. Obviously, BIM has

been a hot-topic for several years but the

Government mandate for level 2 BIM on all

public-sector projects has pushed things on.

Specifiers don’t want to rely on generic BIM

objects so having specific product objects in

a range of formats has been critical.

We’ve also seen a change in how project

teams approach fire safety on buildings

above 18 metres. Rather than adopting the

basic linear approach to compliance, which

relies on individual fire response testing for

each construction product, a rapidly growing

number of projects are taking a desktop

study route to compliance. Under this approach,

a qualified fire specialist considers

several factors, including large scale test

results, to consider whether a construction

meets the performance criteria of BR 135. It

should, therefore provide a more accurate


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overview of how elements

such as the

facade system will perform in

the event of an actual fire

In this age of green living

and the push for zero carbon,

how do you see the

industry developing longterm?

Retrofit is one arena

where we expect to see a great deal of change.

Estimates suggest around 70% of the 2010 building

stock will still be in use by 2050, and many of

these properties were constructed at a time when

there were little or no energy or building fabric

performance requirements within the Building

Regulations. It’s critical that these properties are

addressed both to meet the UK’s carbon emission

commitments, and to tackle fuel poverty. The Fuel

Poverty Obligation (FPO) scheme (which replaces

the Energy Company Obligation scheme in 2018)

should provide funding to help improve the fabric

performance of some of these vulnerable households.

Solid walled properties tend to be amongst the

worst performing in the UK and we expect more

owners to start looking to insulate the external

walls and floors of these properties. The

size of the new construction is a key factor in

these applications, particularly when the insulation

is installed internally and this should

lead to further demand for insulation with

low lambda values. Going one step further,

areas such as solid floors which have traditionally

been very difficult to treat can now

be resolved with problem solving insulation

products such as Vacuum Insulation Panels

(VIPs). VIPs offer an outstanding level of

thermal performance, allowing the desired

U-value to be achieved with a minimum insulation

thickness. This can help to save a lot

of manual digging in solid floor applications,

reducing timescales and inconvenience to

owners. We also expect increased adoption

of modern construction methods on housing

projects. Products such as structural insulated

panels offer inherently excellent levels of

thermal performance and can make it much

simpler to minimise air-leakage from a property.

The offsite approach can shorten project

timescales and provides a solution for the

ongoing skills shortage.

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How do you feel the industry is coping with

Brexit uncertainty. We saw a slowdown in

output in the run up to the referendum as people

waited to see what the result would be, and we

fully expect to see that continue in the short term,

whilst the political changes play out. In the

meantime, we need to focus on getting on with

the job in hand. For the construction industry

that means building the considerable amount of

housing, offices and infrastructure that is currently

planned and commissioned in the UK. From the

perspective of Kingspan Insulation as a business,

we are in a strong position. We are part of the

Kingspan Group, based in Ireland (which remains

a member of the EU). There is a global demand

for our products, and the UK market has grown

again significantly in the last couple of years.

Whatever the long-term forecast may be,

improving the energy efficiency of our buildings

drives economic growth, creates jobs, and

reduces demand, which in turn improves our

energy security. economic growth, creates jobs,

and reduces demand, which in turn improves our

energy security. with government and industry

bodies to help secure a sustainable future, and we

will continue to innovate, to manufacture the highest

quality products, and to serve our customers

all over the world as normal.

Next, we spoke to Warren Dudding, Marketing

Director for ROCKWOOL UK to get his

thoughts:What trends have you seen evolving

in the industry this year?

Whilst thermal efficiency remains and always

will remain an important part of the insulation

conversation, we have over the course of 2016

continued to see focus on the more technical

aspects of insulation particularly in the areas of

acoustics, fire protection and HVAC.

In terms of acoustics, or sound, recent research

carried out by DEFRA and Quiet Mark - the

organisation behind the distinctive purple mark

of approval which is awarded by the UK’s Noise

Abatement Society to the quietest products and

appliances on the market - provides great insight

into the problem.

62% of respondents felt that noise from their

own household appliances adversely affected

the enjoyment of home life to some extent while

53% confirmed that outside noise affected the

extent to which they opened their doors and windows.

Overall, 76% felt that the quality of their

home life is affected by noise and as such we

are seeing an increased focus on sound insulation

and mitigation from the home owner when

undertaking domestic RMI work.

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Another significant impact was the release of

technical guidance documents issue by both

the BCA (Building Control Alliance) in June

2014 and the NHBC (National House Building

Council) in July 2015, which directly addressed

the use of combustible materials within external

cladding systems, providing clarity on key issues

and guidance on the key routes to compliance

for the use of building materials in high rise

buildings. As more and more buildings expand

upwards, greater focus has been placed on

high-rise buildings over 18 metres and the safety

implications that go alongside them, including

fire containment to allow safe evacuation,

reduce the risk of fire spread to other buildings

and to enable safe access for fire fighters.

Fire safety standards, embodied in Building

Regulations Part B Fire Safety and associated

Approved Documents, are designed to ensure

that adequate fire safety provisions are incorporated

in tower blocks of whatever type. In any

building, the cladding system and materials must

conform or exceed the regulation for limited

combustibility defined in BR 135: “Fire Performance

of External Insulation for Walls of Multi-

Storey Buildings”, when tested in accordance

with BS 8414-1:2002 and BS 8414-2:2005 for its

range of external wall insulation systems.

In the advent of clarity and clear guidance from

both the BCA and NHBC, we have seen a sharp

rise in the use of stone wool insulation which is

classified non-combustible in accordance with

the European reaction-to-fire classification standard

BS EN 13501-1.

In this age of green living and the push for

zero carbon, how do you see the industry

developing long term?

The drive for sustainable solutions naturally continues

to have an impact on the insulation sector.

It’s clear that professionals continue to seek

ways in which they can minimise the impact of

the construction materials they deploy on the

environment. With digital objects such as BIM

(Building Information Modelling), the transparency

of material impacts is becoming greater.

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So what’s especially interesting is the increasing use of digital and online tools by professionals to

provide intelligence and insights into the process of material selection and specification.

BIM for example, as mentioned, and its use has been increasing steadily over recent years. Using

BIM technology each professional involved in the creation of

a project can seamlessly communicate and work with each other,

accessing and updating the designs and core information of the

project as and when needed.

As we know BIM produces a comprehensive digital 3D prototype of

the building prior to construction, allowing professionals to create

and test a building project before any physical work begins. Whilst

many of the tools today are stand-alone tools from different manufacturers,

we have tried to deliver a tool that allows the architect or

designer to build or detail more than just a single element.

Digita is without doubt the future of the construction industry. It will

define the space we currently work within, delivering ever smarter

buildings and ever smarter products, optimising the

utilisation of resources from conceptualisation through to the delivery

of the most efficient of spaces. All products, insulation especially, have a major role to play in

the drive for more efficient living at home, work and during our leisure - or indeed commuter time!

Could you describe the insulation outlook for 2017?

Looking ahead to 2017, the building and construction industry won’t be without its challenges, but

we believe that there will are strong opportunities to succeed also.

In particular, this year’s autumn statement promises a stimulus with a £2.3bn fund aimed at stimulating

the housing infrastructure to help provide 100,000 new homes in high-demand areas.

Investment in infrastructure, schools and health all point to a positive horizon.


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In The Future, We May

Use Chicken Feathers

to Insulate

Chicken feather insulation start-up crowned Pitch champion

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Aeropowder, a company that turns chicken

feathers into insulation, has been announced

as the winner of the annual Varsity Pitch

competition, which recognises the best new

UK business started by students.

Founded by former Imperial College students

Elena Dieckmann and Ryan Robinson,

Aeropowder transforms thousands of tonnes

of waste feathers from the poultry industry

into biodegradable thermal insulation blocks

and other materials. The

company has received

£10,000 in funding and

access to sessions with

a “world-class” mentor to

guide its growth.

Now in its seventh year,

over 300 students and

recent post-graduates

entered the 2016 Varsity Pitch competition,

with judges from Tata Limited, Vidsy, Shell

LiveWIRE, Seedrs then selecting a shortlist

of 30. This was whittled down to seven finalists,

who took part in a business boot camp

before competing for the grand prize in front

of 130 entrepreneurs, investors and public


Ryan Robinson, Aeropowder co-founder,

said: “Winning the NACUE Varsity Pitch

Competition is great because it shows that

other people take our message about sustainability

and reusing waste so seriously.

There’s a lot of hard work left to do, but we

are feeling proud to have achieved this win.

“We’re looking to spend the £10,000 on scaling

up our business. There are some key

bits of machinery that will enable us to build

full sized pieces on a small

scale volume wise, which

will allow us to approach the

right customers and generate

the right kind of interest.”

Ashish Gangrade, a Varsity

Pitch Judge, added: “It was

a very

challenging decision, we

went into overtime when making a decision. I

think all of the ideas are very strong and all of

them have very big chances of success but

we were attracted to Aeropowder because

they are innovative, going after a large market

and are very sustainable.”

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From The Web


Knauf Insulation is delighted to announce that

for the fourth year running it has been presented

with the Supplier of the Year award in

the roofing and insulation category, at the

National Buying Group (NBG) awards. Alongside

this, its Commercial Manager, John

Gaunt, was also named Account Manager of

the Year for the second consecutive year.

Both awards were presented by comedian

Mark Watson, Managing Director of NBG,

Nick Oates and Managing Director of Building

and Plumbing Supplies, John Dibble.

John Gaunt commented: “Winning Supplier of

the Year once was great, but to have now won

it for four consecutive years is fantastic.

We believe in doing things differently, by

investing heavily in training and engaging with

our customers; it’s also about understanding

the opportunities to up and cross-sell.

“A number of people within both NBG and

Knauf Insulation have put in a great deal of

hard work over the last year, and the award

is in recognition of the strong partnership that

exists between both businesses. We deliver

on promises and ensure products aren’t just

sold into branches, but we work alongside

NBG Partners to achieve the ‘sell-out’.

“It is a humbling experience to win Account

Manager of the Year award for the second

time. To watch all of our accounts grow is

special and being a part of that is what makes

me enjoy what I do. I’m grateful to NBG and

its partners, who are so easy to work with. We

have a vision and ethos that is closely aligned

and they are willing to be guided to help them

grow further – which is refreshing.”

The National Energy Foundation has won the Local

Authority/Community category in this year’s Public Sector

Energy & Sustainability Awards. The winning entry was

the £2.5 million Green Deal Communities Project that the

Foundation managed on behalf of South Bucks District

Council and a partnership of 14 local authorities across

Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire.

The project delivered solid wall insulation and other energy

efficiency improvements to reduce both fuel poverty and

carbon emissions on a street-by-street basis in 577 hardto-treat

homes. On receiving the award, Sandra Hayes, Senior Project Manager at the National

Energy Foundation, commented: “I’m delighted to receive this award on behalf of both the National

Energy Foundation and the 14 participating local authorities. Our Green Deal Communities

Project was an ambitious and challenging programme but its fantastic achievements in terms of

the number of energy efficiency installations and the subsequent savings in both carbon emissions

and householder fuel bills are an excellent example of what can be achieved when partners

come together and cooperate with a clear focus.”


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National Energy Foundation

Boundary Way, Watford – the holy grail of the street-by-street approach

If it’s to meet its C02 emissions targets,

the UK needs to significantly scale up its

energy efficiency retrofit of domestic

properties. The Government has

recognised this and has encouraged areabased

approaches that address the issue

across a range of property ownership types in

a targeted locality.

Boundary Way is an estate that lies across

the boundary of Watford Borough Council and

Three Rivers District Council. Using Green

Deal Communities funding and contributions

from householders, the two councils concerned

and Thrive Homes, we managed the

external wall insulation of 154 homes.

Boundary Way was built in the 1960s and

1970s using the “Wimpey no fines”

construction method. Approximately half the

estate had already benefited from external

wall insulation using DECC fuel poverty funding.

The aim of our project was to increase

energy efficiency, reduce energy bills and

improve the appearance and thermal comfort

of the properties by rolling out external wall

insulation to the remaining properties on the

estate, both privately and publicly owned.

Sandra Hayes is a Senior Project Manager

with the National Energy Foundation

The National Energy Foundation is an

independent, national charity which has

been at the forefront of improving the use of

energy in buildings for more than 25 years.

We aim to give individuals, organisations,

communities and government the

knowledge, support and inspiration they

need to understand and improve the use of

energy in buildings.

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The National Energy Foundation, working alongside

Watford Borough Council, Three Rivers

District Council and Thrive Homes housing association,

managed the administration of grants

from the DECC Green Deal Communities Fund

and both councils. The appointed installation

company was Green Deal Provider, Lakehouse.

As a result of our project, the Boundary Way

estate underwent a dramatic transformation and

much of the positive comments received from

residents related to the aesthetic improvements.

Furthermore, residents quickly noticed the

reduction in energy use, more rapid increase in

internal temperatures, and better heat retention

after they turned the heating off. These improvements

led to better thermal comfort for residents

and improved health and wellbeing.

Customer contributions were based on the

amount they could borrow on a Green Deal loan

(which represents the savings they will make on

their energy bills) and was intended to enable

the insulation to be installed at no up-front cost

to the resident. However, this did mean that the

amount saved varied between properties depending

on their fuel usage and the number of

outside walls as well as other factors. To ensure

simplicity, future projects might be better to

have a level contribution by property type plus a

hardship fund for those determined to be in fuel


A high degree of flexibility was required to manage

this project, due to changes in Government

policy around the Green Deal and ECO. From

project inception to delivery, the value of ECO

dropped by a quarter and the availability of Green

Deal Finance came to an end with no prior notice.

The original six-month timescale for sign-ups and

installs proved very tight, even in an area where

there were plenty of examples of external wall

insulation already available for everyone to see.

A longer timescale would have given us more time

to identify customers, particularly in private rented

properties, sign them up and enable sufficient time

for customers to find their contribution.

In total, 154 out of a potential 173 homes benefited

from external wall insulation. Together with

the 118 properties completed in the first phase,

the result was a complete regeneration and visual

transformation of the estate – and a project that

achieved the ‘holy grail’ the Government has been

striving for – energy efficiency installations en

masse in a mixture of private, housing association

and local authority properties in a street-by-street


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CPD: Everywhere.........

With the vast number of CPD courses available to specifiers and installers,

Marcus Brown tries to cut through the noise and get a handle on where we need

to develop ourselves

The Insulation Industry Trade Magazine


With professional bodies requiring Continued Professional Development with varying

time commitments, choosing the correct course for your needs can be a minefield of

information overload.

Most companies will offer CPD via in-house, hands on training of your staff but more

and more an online offering is being sought to keep costs down and time spent off

the job to a minimum. So whilst the market for CPD is extremely busy, specifiers are

all faced with overcoming the vast choice to ensure that the CPD they choose is both

worthwhile and current.

For specifiers who want to top-up their CPD with a course, the Insulation Industry

offers a wide selection of hands-on short courses. Mostly taught by In house staff or

specific delivery partners and using their own resources and facilities, these courses

offer a more bite-sized education on specific topics.

Currently available topics include, Solid Wall, Rainscreen Systems, Facades, EWI,

SWI, compliances and being safe with more being added all the time.

CPD is the process of regularly assessing current and future skill and knowledge requirements

relevant to your responsibilities, then planning and



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implementing an ongoing programme of training and development to address

these needs.

The Process allows you to progress your career, maintain your professional status,

reflect on those personal achievements and invest in your own

future development all of which are key to developing as a professional.

Learn from others and exchange knowledge and ideas You could be harbouring

the answer to a colleagues problem! Benchmark your performance against others

in the industry, demonstrate to colleagues and clients that you’re are a selfstarter

and motivated to learn, develop the skills you need to do your job more

effectively. You’ll also get the opportunity to Learn in a flexible style, identifying

and making the most of available development opportunities.

CPD Activities that are available include Open distance learning, some take this

as far as MA or PHD level, private study is a great option for those with the self

discipline to succeed, Conferences, lectures and seminars all

contribute to your portfolio but be mindful that though they are beneficial most

will not carry any credits. Another option is paid paid training courses, should

the budget allow!

For Insulation Professionals

Insulate MagazineIssue 1

The Insulation Industry Trade Magazine



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