Thursday, 22 September 2016

Limited Opportunities to Exhibit at the National Insulation Association Conference

The National Insulation Association is the leading trade body for insulation in the UK and we are holding our Annual Conference and Gala Dinner on 6th December 2016.

The event is attended by around 250 delegates including insulation manufacturers and installers, Local Authorities, Housing Associations, Energy Companies, Procurement Framework Operators and Government officials.

The event includes an exhibition area with around 20 exhibitors which takes place in the room where all refreshments are served (so exhibitors have a captive audience) and provides an excellent opportunity for companies to showcase their products and services.

We have a limited number of stands still available - the cost of a stand is just £1,500 + VAT and bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis.  In addition, all exhibitors will receive a free delegate place for the Conference and Gala Dinner worth £150 and exhibitors will be featured in our trade press releases and social media promoting the conference.

If you would like to book a stand contact or telephone 01525 383313

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Households in fuel poverty could miss out on vital support

Leading energy efficiency and fuel poverty organisations have identified that the Governments estimated costs of the Energy Company Obligation Extension could be significantly overstated meaning thousands of fuel poor households will miss out on much needed support.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has recently conducted a consultation on the £640m, one year extension of the Energy Company Obligation from April 2017 to the end of March 2018.  The consultation  included an impact assessment which sets out the assumed costs of delivering the programme and the target for the programme including the number of energy efficiency measures to be provided to householders based on these assumed costs.

The NIA working in conjunction with a number of other leading energy efficiency and fuel poverty organisations has identified that the costs in the impact assessment could be significantly overestimated possibly by more than £200m.  This is of great concern given that 70% of the funding support will be directed at helping fuel poor households and if this is not corrected will result in fuel poor households receiving allot less support than they could otherwise.

Neil Marshall CEO of NIA commented: “We are extremely concerned that the costs of delivery have been overstated and we along with other organisations have provided information and evidence to the Department for BEIS as to where we believe the overestimate of costs has arisen.  We will be working with Government officials and others including fuel poverty organisations over the coming months before final decisions are made in reviewing these costs.  If our calculations are verified and accepted, Government will have the opportunity to revise the costs and set a target around 35% higher than the current proposal meaning thousands more fuel poor households could benefit."     

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

NIA launches new Benefits of Membership Leaflet

There are still millions of un-insulated properties in the UK and the National Insulation Association (NIA) is committed to growing the market for insulation and supporting its members in maximising business opportunities.  It provides a range of support services to its members and has produced a new leaflet which clearly sets these out:

  • Representing member’s views to Government and other key external stakeholders and lobbying on their behalf to obtain the best outcome for the industry.
  • Members can raise issues and concerns about energy efficiency schemes that the NIA will take forward and resolve on their behalf.
  • Provision of up–to-date information, advice and guidance on policy, regulations and schemes to aid members with their planning and provide them with a competitive advantage versus non-members.
  • Promotes the benefits of insulation and provides free referrals and leads to its members.
  • Promotes the use of NIA members as the preferred choice to carry out any insulation work to householders, businesses and key specifiers.
  • Setting industry quality standards.
  • Regular briefings and newsletters.
  • Local networking events and an Annual Conference which are free for members to attend.
  • Opportunity to be part of working groups to drive the industry forward.

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA commented; “Membership of the NIA is much more than simply obtaining a logo that companies can place on their marketing materials.  It’s about receiving good quality information, advice and support in accessing business opportunities and being regarded as the preferred choice by consumers and specifiers to carry out insulation work. Our new leaflet clearly sets out the services and support that we provide in a straightforward manner”.

The NIA is a leading trade body in the Insulation Industry representing manufacturers, system providers and installers of cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation, including external, internal and hybrid systems, loft/roof insulation and draught proofing. 

If you are interested in finding out more and would like a copy of the NIA Benefits of Membership leaflet please contact Bev Hodson, on 01525 383313 or email

Monday, 27 June 2016

NIA to host Insulation Industry Summit on Quality and Standards

Last year Amber Rudd, Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) commissioned an independent review of quality and consumer protection across the energy efficiency market designed to restore consumer confidence.
The review which is being led by Peter Bonfield is due to be published in the near future and will include a number of key recommendations.  The NIA is actively involved in the review through participation in its working groups and it has also been working alongside other leading organisations including the BBA, BRE, Guarantee Agencies, BTOpenreach, the Heating and Hot Water Industry Council, Energy Companies and the Association of Technical Monitoring Agents in putting in place enhanced standards and quality processes.
The Bonfield Review is expected to recommend the development of common industry standards to ensure that all participants are operating to the same high levels and a consistent approach is adopted throughout the supply chain.  With this is mind Neil Marshall the CEO of the National Insulation Association (NIA) has today announced that he intends to host an Insulation Industry Summit to which industry bodies from the across the insulation supply chain will be invited to agree on a collaborative approach to the development of the new standards.

Announcing the Summit Neil Marshall said: "It is very important that industry bodies work together in developing a set of common industry standards for the various insulation measures that can be adopted across the market and be referenced in relevant regulations, schemes and documents.  This will help ensure efficiency, consistency and avoid duplication, overlap and possible confusion from multiple standards.  To help facilitate this I intend to invite other industry bodies to a summit in the next few weeks to discuss and agree how this can best be achieved through collaborative working."

Monday, 20 June 2016

Venue confirmed for 2016 NIA Annual Conference, Exhibition & Gala Dinner

The NIA is pleased to announce that its Annual Conference, Exhibition and Gala Dinner will be taking place at the Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel, on Tuesday 6th December 2016.

The NIA’s Annual Conference is firmly established in the calendar as a key event for the insulation industry and promises to be an informative and enjoyable day and evening for everyone again this year. Delegates will hear from a number of high profile, influential speakers from within and outside of the industry and have the opportunity to ask questions, have their opinions heard and network.

The event is open to NIA members and key industry stakeholders; last year saw an attendance of around 300 delegates. This makes it the perfect place to discuss current issues affecting the sector as well as learn about and discuss plans and strategies for the year ahead. The event also includes an exhibition where businesses are able to showcase their products and services to delegates and a black tie gala dinner.

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA commented: “We are looking forward to providing our members and external guests with an informative and enjoyable event at which they will be able to find out about opportunities across a range of markets as well as network and socialise in informal surroundings.  NIA members receive priority, free delegate places at the event and we would therefore urge any insulation companies that are not currently members of the NIA but would like to attend the event to join the association now in order to ensure they are able to attend and obtain a free delegate place.    

Companies interested in attending the event who are not currently members of the NIA should contact Maeva Robson by email or call the office on 01525383313

Thursday, 19 May 2016

NIA to host insulation sector briefing event

Next month the National Insulation Association (NIA) will be hosting a special meeting for the Managing Directors of its 30 manufacturers and system certificate holder members to discuss matters of significant importance to the future of the insulation industry.

Key external speakers will be addressing the attendees on a number of important topics  covering:
  • Future Government Policies and Regulations including the new Energy Company Obligation and Able to Pay Sector.
  • Broader market opportunities including New Build, Commercial and SMEs.
  • Quality and Standards including the Bonfield Report and recommendations.   
  • Making Energy Efficiency a funded National Infrastructure Priority including a presentation from the Energy Bill Revolution.

Insulation manufacturers and system certificate holders who are not currently members of the NIA and would like to join and attend the event should contact the CEO Neil Marshall by email  or call 07787 564208

Friday, 29 April 2016

NIA announces the formation of a dedicated working group to focus on new build and commercial sectors

A great deal of media attention and policy development in the insulation sector is focused on retrofitting existing domestic buildings.  However, there is tremendous untapped potential for insulation in the new build, SMEs and commercial markets.

At the National Insulation Association (NIA) we have identified a gap in the market and the need for an industry body to educate specifiers and building owners in these sectors on the benefits of insulation and the solutions available. It would also make recommendations to Government and other key stakeholders on policies to stimulate activity in these particular sectors.

Therefore the NIA is announcing the formation of a dedicated working group within the association, which will comprise of industry experts in these market sectors to take this work forward.