Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Scottish Government announces Route Map and funding for fuel poverty and energy efficiency

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has welcomed today’s announcement from Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of funding of £54.5 million, to help tackle fuel poverty and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the Route Map to an Energy Efficient Scotland which outlines action to ensure that by 2040, all homes are improved so they achieve an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of at least Band C.

The First Minister said*: “The Scottish Government’s energy efficiency programme will help ensure all our buildings are warmer, greener and more energy efficient.

“The major investment in this programme highlights our clear commitment to ensuring that we tackle fuel poverty and reduce greenhouse gas emissions – helping those on low incomes as well as protecting our environment.”

George Donaldson, Chair of NIA Scotland which represents the insulation industry in Scotland, commented; "The NIA Scotland and our members welcome this announcement and the ambitious plan set out by the First Minister and stand ready to support the delivery of the programme.”

Insulation not only tackles fuel poverty and climate change but delivers long-term, sustainable savings on energy bills, create jobs, reduces NHS costs and helps regenerate communities.

ENDS.


*As quoted on www.gov.scot

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

LABOUR PLANS TO SAVE HOUSEHOLDS OVER £1BN A YEAR ON ENERGY BILLS

The National Insulation Association (NIA) have welcomed the news from the Labour Party this morning announcing plans to spend £2.3bn per year insulating 4 million homes in the next Parliament if it gets into power.



Neil Marshall, NIA CEO, commented; "We welcome these ambitious plans and our members stand ready to deliver. With over 5 million homes lacking cavity wall insulation, over 7 million homes having inadequate levels of loft insulation and over 7 million solid wall homes in need of insulating there needs to be a huge increase in funding and activity to reduce fuel bills and combat fuel poverty.  Home insulation is the most effective way of delivering long-term, sustainable savings on fuel bills and in addition a funded national insulation programme could reduce carbon emissions, reduce NHS costs, create inward investment and jobs and regenerate communities.

ENDS.

Friday, 27 April 2018

National Insulation Association to set up a new NIA WALES MEMBERS FORUM – have your say.

As Welsh Government provides significant funding for energy efficiency programmes in addition to ECO the NIA have identified the need to establish a dedicated new member’s forum in Wales. It will focus exclusively on matters that are important to insulation companies based in or operating there.

NIA Wales Forum Members will have the opportunity to elect a Chair of the new Forum and be involved in the forums working groups.  In addition, we will hold regular meetings which will provide the opportunity for members to network and discuss common issues. We will also invite the Welsh Government and other important organisations in Wales such as EST and NEA to attend and give presentations to members.

In order to establish the Forum, we are going to hold a special meeting of insulation companies (members and non-members) who are based in or operating in Wales to Cardiff on Wednesday 27th June 2018 to explain what we're intending to do and begin to establish the Forum.

If you would like to attend this very important insulation industry meeting please email NIAwalesforum@nia-uk.org and we will send you further details.

Monday, 23 April 2018

NIA to Launch Handbook and Online Directory



We're excited to announce that we will soon be launching a new insulation handbook and online directory with free listings for NIA member’s, editorial content and display advertising from just £125.

We'll also provide both regional and national listings.

It will be targeted at energy companies, local authorities, housing associations, builders, architects, surveyors, householders, and businesses to name a few. 

To learn more about our Insulation Handbook and Online Directory and how you can be part of it email directory@nia-uk.org

Monday, 19 February 2018

NIA helping landlords to meet new energy efficiency regulations

The National Insulation Association (NIA) is providing assistance to private landlords to help them meet new regulations by providing access to NIA installer members to carry out work.

On 1st April 2018, the Government is introducing new regulations in England and Wales which will require private landlord’s with premises that are rated EPC band F or G to upgrade them to band E by installing insulation measures before they can renew tenancies or re-let the properties.

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA commented: “Landlords can contact their local NIA Installer member free of charge through the installer postcode locator tool on our website www.nia-uk.org to obtain a survey and quotation and details of grants available to help pay for the work. By using an NIA member, landlords can be safe in the knowledge that the installer meets stringent criteria and has signed up to the NIA’s Code of Professional Practice providing added assurance and recourse.”

"We believe it's important that landlords have access to the most trusted and reliable of local specialists, and we hope that our online service will enable landlords to meet their obligations by making their properties more energy efficient."   

“Landlords should be thinking about what they need to do to meet the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) and how they can provide warmer homes for their tenants.  The minimum E rating may be raised further 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 

Monday, 29 January 2018

NIA Supports New Government Quality Drive

As part of the Governments Each Home Counts recommendations, British Standards Institution (BSI) has been appointed by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to review and revise the existing PAS2030:2017 (specification for the installation of energy efficiency measures in existing buildings) and develop a new PAS2035 specification for energy efficient retrofit of domestic buildings which will clearly set out the standards for the installation of each energy efficiency measures.  

BSI hosted a stakeholder engagement workshop on 10th January 2018 to brief key organisations on the work involved and seeking their support – I attended the event on behalf of the National Insulation Association (NIA).

This work is extremely important as it will clearly set out the specifications and standards that will apply to the installation of insulation measures.  The existing PAS2030 is a little complicated and there are some aspects that are open to interpretation, however, this project provides the opportunity to simplify matters and remove any ambiguity ensuring that all installers will install to a common, uniform standard.

The NIA will be represented on the PAS2030 and PAS2035 Steering Groups and the Measures Experts Groups and the intention is for these new specifications to be introduced in October 2018 alongside the new Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Each Home Counts Quality Mark.

At the NIA we are very supportive of Each Home Counts as it provides a vehicle to ensure quality installations are delivered on a consistent basis and instil confidence in policymakers, specifiers and householders.  In addition to contributing to the development of the new specifications, we will be ensuring that our members are kept up to date and provide advice and guidance to help them comply with the new standards.    

Furthermore, we are also working with the British Electrical Allied Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) in developing new industry guidance which will clearly set out minimum ventilation requirements when installing insulation. We are also advising the Scottish Government on the new quality framework they are currently developing for Government funded schemes.

For more information about all the work above and membership of the NIA please email neil.marshall@nia-uk.org

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Value Underlines NIA Installer Membership

2018 Installer memberships for the National Insulation Association (NIA) are now available. Representing insulation companies throughout the UK, the NIA offer a range of expert support services with memberships starting at just £663.

Features of NIA Membership
As a team of insulation specialists the NIA work full time to meet the needs of its members. The benefits to installers taking up a membership include:

  •          Representing member’s views to Government, Ofgem, energy              companies and other stakeholders.
  •          Generating over 40,000 free leads and referrals each year.
  •          Holding local networking events and an annual conference and              gala dinner.
  •         Provision of advice and guidance on regulations and technical                matters.


Speaking of the NIA’s continued growth Chief Executive Neil Marshall said:

“We have been working hard to ensure that the services and support we provide to insulation companies are relevant and add genuine value to their businesses and this has been reflected in the number of new members that have joined us in the last year – over 40 in total including a cross section of manufacturers, system designers, installers and providers of components and services to our industry.

The NIA is also undergoing further change at present, with a focus on members and their needs as outlined by the NIA’s new chair Derek Horrocks at the NIA Conference in December 2017 – we very much hope insulation companies will come with us on this exciting phase of the NIA’s evolution.

Finally, there are some very important matters that will impact insulation companies in 2018 including; a new Energy Company Obligation, new regulations requiring the insulation of private rented properties, new PAS2030 and PAS2035 installation standards for installers and new ventilation requirements when insulating properties.  We are involved in these matters and will be arranging briefings, advice and guidance for our members throughout the year to ensure they are up to speed”

2018 NIA Installer Membership
A full year Installer Membership to the NIA is from £995 (no joining fee). However, any installers joining from January 2018 will be entitled to a reduced pro rata fee. Memberships will be available for £663 and will be valid until October 2018 (NIA’s year-end)

Insulation installers interested in taking up an NIA membership can email bev.hodson@nia-uk.org 01525 383313