Wednesday, 10 May 2017

NIA sees rapid growth in membership.

The National Insulation Association (NIA) which represents the manufacturers, system suppliers and installers of cavity wall, external wall, internal wall, loft, roof and floor insulation has seen a rapid growth of some 20% in membership this year.

Commenting on the success, Chief Executive Neil Marshall said: "Earlier this year we conducted a survey to find out exactly what services and support insulation companies wanted from us and we have tailored our offering accordingly and attracted a significant number of new members.

"Companies told us they value the advice and guidance we provide, our support in representing their views to Government and other key stakeholders, our annual conference, local networking events and free leads and referrals which were over 40,000 last year."

Neil added "The NIA team understand that trade association membership must demonstrate added value and a return on investment and with the increase in members this would certainly suggest we are delivering this."


Companies interested in joining the NIA should contact Bev Hodson Office Manager on Bev.hodson@nia-uk.org or call 01525 383313

Thursday, 30 March 2017

New Industry Standards to be launched from 3rd April 2017

The NIA has been working with a number of other industry bodies over the past 6 months in developing new industry standards and specifications for insulation measures.

Neil Marshall said: “This work is aligned to the Each Home Counts (Bonfield Review) and covers Solid Wall, Cavity Wall, Room in Roof and Loft Insulation. These new standards and documents are incorporated in the new PAS2030:2017 and all installers will need to work to them from 1st June 2017.”

For further details and to obtain copies of the documents email Info@nia-uk.org

Thursday, 2 March 2017

NIA and NLA partnership to help landlords meet new regulations

The National InsulationAssociation (NIA) and National Landlords Association (NLA) have come together to provide landlords with an easy to use online facility to find local insulation installers to help meet energy efficiency standards.

Both organisations are advising landlords that they should be taking action soon in order to upgrade their properties by 1st April 2018. This is when the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) will come into force and require rented properties to have an EPC rating of E or above before they can be legally let.

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA commented: “Our partnership with the NLA will provide a timely service to help Private Landlords to meet the new energy efficiency standards.   Landlords can contact local NIA Installer members via the NLA or NIA websites to arrange a survey and quotation. They can be safe in the knowledge that NIA installers will have met stringent criteria and sign up to the NIA’s Code of Professional Practice providing added assurance and recourse.”

Richard Lambert, Chief Executive Officer of the National Landlords Association (NLA), said:
"It's important that landlords have access to the most trusted and reliable of local specialists, particularly when it comes to insulation, and we hope that this online service will enable landlords to meet their obligations by making their properties more energy efficient."    

Minister for Energy and Industry, Jesse Norman said:  "This is a welcome initiative from the NIA and the National Landlords Association, which should help people improve the energy efficiency of their homes and save money on their heating bills."

Landlords should be thinking about what they need to do to meet MEES and how they can provide warmer homes for their tenants.  The minimum E rating may be raised in the future and so landlords with buildings rated F or G may decide that they wish to spend more than the minimum in order to bring those buildings to D or above.

For more information about how landlords can find an NIA member visit www.nia-uk.org  or call 08451 636363 

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Monday, 30 January 2017

NIA welcomes Government response to ECO Help to Heat consultation

Commenting on this mornings Government response Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the National Insulation Association (NIA) said:" We welcome the changes that Government has made which will mean thousands more households will receive assistance through free and subsidised insulation.

The Government has listened and responded to the views and evidence provided by industry including the NIA. The principle changes are as follows:

  • An increased 18 month vs 12 month scheme 
  • 75% of the work delivered will be through home insulation 
  • 60% increase in the carbon target 
  • Significant increase in the Solid Wall Insulation minima in addition householders added to the low income group
  • Simplification of the scheme administration which will enable more money to be spent on actual insulation measures 
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Monday, 23 January 2017

New Quality Standards for Insulation Companies - NIA can help you to comply

From 1st April strict new national  quality standards will be introduced for cavity wall, external wall, loft insulation and room in roof insulation, as part of PAS2030, which installers will be required to work to.

The National Insulation Association (NIA) is involved in setting these new standards and we are helping our members to ensure they can comply with them by 1st April.

If your company would like our help please contact us about membership today.
Bev Hodson Bev.hodson@nia-uk.org 01525 383313

Sunday, 22 January 2017

NIA statement in response to article in Mail on Sunday – 22/1/2017

Today the Mail on Sunday has run a widely inaccurate and misleading story about cavity wall insulation and the cavity wall insulation industry.

We strongly dispute the findings in the article and Neil Marshall CEO of the NIA has issued the following statement:

“These figures are widely inaccurate as thermal cameras in isolation are ill-equipped to assess the effectiveness of cavity wall insulation and should only be considered as part of a range of inspection measures.

“Cavity wall insulation is very reliable – of the six million households who benefit from the product and hold a CIGA Guarantee only 13,000 have ever reported any problems, a claim rate of just 0.24%.

“Cavity wall insulation is a trusted product and proven to keep homes warm and fuel bills down, with independent research showing it saves families up to £275 a year in energy costs.

“The industry has robust procedures in place to ensure installers are qualified, use approved products and only fit cavity wall insulation in suitable homes.

“In the rare instances things do go wrong, the industry has well-established systems of redress, to ensure consumers get the help they need and deserve.”

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NOTES

  • Thermal imaging in isolation is an inappropriate method of assessing cavity wall insulation.  The IRT data appears to be based on computer analysis of thermal images rather than a detailed study of the property or an intrusive survey.


  • British homes are some of the least energy efficient in Europe, resulting in soaring energy bills, increasing fuel poverty and an increasing reliance on foreign gas imports.


  • Independent research by the Energy Saving Trust has shown that installing CWI in a detached property can result in an annual saving of up to £275.


  • Statistics from CIGA show that, since 1995, they have issued a total of 5,853,184 guarantees across the UK. In the same time period the overall claim rate was just 0.24%, or around 13,000 households.


  • To be compliant with building regulations, CWI can only be installed in adherence to the various controls described below, amongst others:

    • The product itself must be recognised by a certification body, such as the British Board of Agrement (BBA).
    • Surveillance is also undertaken by the BBA to assess and approve installers. This includes carrying out site based assessments and routine surveillance of completed work.
    • The leading industry guarantee provider CIGA also carries out its own additional checks. This ensures that the insulation itself, along with the method of installation, are of the highest standard.
    • Work completed under frameworks, such as the Energy Company Obligation, are also subject to an added layer of independent technical monitoring in addition to the standards described above.



If you require further information please contact the NIA Press Office - Duncan Murray – duncan@provencepr.co.uk 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

NIA welcomes the acquisition of the Green Deal Finance Company

The NIA and its members see the acquisition of the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) by Greenstone Finance and Aurium Capital Markets announced on 15th January 2017 as a positive development. It will provide a further option for consumers to finance the purchase of insulation measures to reduce their bills. It is vital that they learn the lessons from the previous Green Deal scheme in order to make the offer as simple and attractive as possible for householders and businesses. We are looking forward to working with the new management team at the GDFC to contribute to this.