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 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  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

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 01525 383313

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

NIA to Introduce Local Members Networking Forums In Response to Requests from Members

The NIA has established a Local Members Networking Forum in Scotland this year which provides a vehicle for its 30+ members in Scotland to meet up and receive briefings on important industry matters from the NIA and external stakeholders. It provides input to the NIA’s future plans and to network and share experiences with other members.

Given the success of the Forum in Scotland and feedback from NIA members in England and Wales we will be setting up a Local Members Forum in Wales and a number of regional forums throughout England in 2018.

Further details of the forums will be provided at our annual conference on 7th December and we envisage holding the first forum meetings in February 2018 to brief members on the new ECO and PAS2030 that will come into force in October 2018.

If you are interested in joining the NIA or attending its annual conference and black tie gala dinner please contact Bev Hodson  by email or call our office on 01525 383313

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

NIA sets up new Domestic Energy Assessor network

Domestic Energy Assessors (DEA) and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) - an opportunity or a declining breed?!

Government made the decision to drop EPCs from the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) from April 2017 to save money.  This was a severe blow to DEAs who had been encouraged to ramp up capacity by Government to deliver the Green Deal which unfortunately failed.

So does this mark the end for DEAs and EPCs?  ABSOLUTELY NOT!

ECO is now focused purely on fuel poverty but there are huge opportunities for EPCs: and DEAs - able to pay market, new regulations for the private rented market from April 2018, SMEs and the commercial market.

Therefore we are setting up an National Insulation Association (NIA) DEA Members network that can undertake EPCs for our installer members and customers.

If you are a DEA registered with Elmhurst, ecmk, NES, Stroma or QUIDOS contact us about joining the NIA.

As an NIA DEA you will stand out from the crowd as a quality company that signs up to our strict code of professional practice and you will also be listed on our website where we will promote your services and you will have the opportunity to receive free leads.

If you are interested in joining our growing network and members's services email

Monday, 7 August 2017

NIA Announces New Chairman

Following the departure of Tony Hardiman, Chair of the NIA Strategic Board in June the NIA has appointed his replacement as Derek Horrocks, Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Group and previously Vice Chair of the NIA.

Commenting on his new role Derek said: "I am delighted and honoured to take over as Chair of the NIA and look forward to working with Mike, Neil and his team, other Board Members and NIA Members in building upon the success of the NIA in supporting its members. 

“I firmly believe that we need to engage and interact with all of our members effectively going forward to our mutual benefit and ensure the combined voice of the NIA and its members is listened to and acted upon in ensuring a long term sustainable future for us all.”

The new appointment also means that a new Vice Chair has also been announced as Mike Easdon, Managing Director at InBuild Solutions and serving NIA Board Member.

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA added: “I’m very pleased with the new appointments and would like to take this opportunity on behalf of myself and the NIA Board to thank Tony Hardiman for the first class job he has performed as Chair of the NIA for the past 12 years and wish him all the best for the future.”

Companies interested in NIA Membership should email or call the office on 01525383313


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Showcase your products and services to the Insulation Industry

The National Insulation Association’s (NIA) Annual Conference, Exhibition and Black Tie Gala Dinner is taking place on Thursday 7th December 2017 at the Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire.

The exhibition has been a huge success since its introduction several years ago and attracts over 20 exhibitors each year.  Exhibition stand space for the 2017 event is now available!

Neil Marshall Chief Executive of the NIA commented: “The event is now firmly regarded as a key insulation industry event and with some 300 delegates expected to attend this year, it will certainly be a great way for companies to showcase their products and services to the insulation industry, government officials, energy suppliers and other key stakeholders.”

With all stand bookings the NIA is also offering exhibitors a FREE place to attend the Conference and the Gala Dinner worth £199.  Companies wishing to reserve a stand at the exhibition and take advantage of the free place offer should contact the NIA without delay.

Companies interested in attending and showcasing their products and services at this year’s NIA Annual Conference please email or call 01525383313