Tuesday, 8 November 2016

PermaRock announced as headline sponsor

The National Insulation Association’s (NIA) Annual Conference, Gala Dinner and Exhibition will take place on Tuesday 6th December 2016 at the Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire. This year’s headline sponsor is one of the UK’s leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of external wall insulation and exterior render systems, PermaRock Products Ltd.





The NIA’s Annual Conference is firmly established in the calendar as a key event for the insulation industry. It promises to be an informative and enjoyable day and evening for everyone again this year, and offers excellent opportunities for participating sponsors.

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA commented; “The NIA would like to thank PermaRock for supporting the event as Headline Sponsor together with the other key sponsors. This not only enables us to offer additional items during the day and evening, but also aids in raising the profile of this important event.”

Derek Horrocks, Owner of PermaRock said: "2016 has been an exceptionally turbulent year and with so much happening in the energy efficiency sector, it's essential that the insulation industry has a platform for making its voice heard. The NIA membership has enormous experience and very important things to say about key issues such as fuel poverty, funding mechanisms and practical technical solutions. These are all subjects that demand urgent consideration, so I'm proud to be supporting a conference that gives us an opportunity to raise them for open and constructive discussion."

There are a few remaining sponsorship opportunities available. Interested companies should please contact: Neil Marshall by email Neil.Marshall@nia-uk.org without delay.

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Friday, 21 October 2016

INSULATON QUALITY STANDARDS – IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Background

The National Insulation Association is the leading trade association for insulation measures and companies in the UK and our members include the manufacturers, system designers and installers of cavity wall, external wall, internal wall, loft, roof and floor insulation and draught proofing.

Our members are required to meet our robust membership criteria and work to all appropriate industry standards and abide by our strict code of professional practice.  This means that by choosing an NIA member to carry out the work there is added reassurance and recourse compared to using non NIA members.
 
As a result an increasing number of specifiers and advice agencies including energy companies, Government Schemes, Local Authorities, Housing Associations and the Energy Saving Trust are choosing and recommending the use of our members.

Important Developments in Quality Standards and Regulations

There are some very significant developments currently taking place in the insulation industry which will impact on quality and standards of workmanship and customer redress which we wanted to bring to your attention.

The independent review of quality and standards in the energy efficiency industry being carried out by Peter Bonfield is due to report shortly however, there is already work being carried out linked to it which will impact on industry standards.

PAS2030 which governs the standards that insulation installers must operate to is currently being revised and a new specification will be published in early 2017.  This will include robust standards and requirements for installers including the assessment of properties to receive insulation measures, the system design, physical installation and handover to the property owner.

We are directly involved in this work and we are developing new industry standards for external wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, room in roof insulation and loft insulation which will be referenced in PAS2030.   We will require all our members to adhere to these new standards and if any of them fail to do so we have the powers to take appropriate disciplinary action.

Find Out More 

Our new standards include industry leading specifications and best practice guides which will provide greater reassurance and recourse to specifiers and householders in the use of NIA members.

We would therefore strongly recommend that specifies and householders use NIA members.  Details of our members can be found on our website www.nia-uk.org

Free Service for Specifiers of Insulation Works

We have introduced a new FREE service to help specifiers find NIA members to work on their projects.

The new’ expressions of interest service allows specifers to provide us with details of their  forthcoming  projects and specifications and we will then issue requests for information and tender requests to our members on their behalf saving time and money.  For more details of the service email bev.hodson@nia-uk.org




Friday, 7 October 2016

NIA Members Special Briefing Event

On Wednesday 5th October 2016 the National Insulation Association held a special members briefing event at the Building Research Establishment in Watford attended by 90 of its members. 



The event covered Quality, Standards and Consumer Redress, Government Energy Efficiency Policy and Programmes and the ECO Extension.  It included presentations by Peter Bonfield, Chair of Each Home Counts Review, the British Board of Agrement, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and Ofgem.

During his talk Peter Bonfield commended the NIA and its members on their leadership in the work they are doing in the development of new industry wide specifications and schemes to provide additional quality assurance in support of the Each Home Counts Review and revisions to PAS2030.  These developments cover cavity wall insulation, external wall insulation, loft insulation and room in roof insulation.



The BBA gave an insight into a how Brexit could affect the industry and its work in helping to instil confidence in consumers, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy provided an update on the current political landscape, its policy developments to stimulate the uptake of insulation and address fuel poverty.  They acknowledged that more work was needed to address the solid wall insulation market which is still relatively untouched and yet there are over 7 million properties still in need of SWI.  Ofgem completed the line up with details of the new deemed scores and rules for the ECO Extension from April 2017. 

In the afternoon the NIAs CEO Neil Marshall provided a comprehensive update on the activities that NIA is undertaking to support its members and how the NIA provides its members with a strong collective voice.

Commenting on the day Neil Marshall said: "One of the key benefits of being a member of the NIA is receiving important information and advice to aid members business planning and gain competitive advantage vs non-member companies.  This event enables our members to receive the latest news affecting the insulation industry and also provided an excellent networking opportunity. We are planning more of these types of events during 2017 in order to keep our members fully updated." 

Companies interested in finding out more about the benefits of NIA membership should contact Bev.hodson@nia-uk.org 01525 383313

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 maeva.robson@nia-uk.org 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 bev.hodson@nia-uk.org

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."