Tuesday, 11 September 2018

NIA and its members to build the value back into home insulation

For the past 20 years, there have been large subsidies and grants available from energy companies and Government towards the cost of home insulation for both fuel poor households and 'able to pay' households.

Whilst this has been very helpful for those households in the greatest need who are suffering from fuel poverty, it has also resulted in insulation being devalued with householders focusing on price and grants only and not appreciating the true benefits insulation provides.  This autumn will see a major change as under the new £640m per year Energy Company Obligation 3 scheme subsidies and grants will be restricted to vulnerable and fuel poor households only and not available to those 'able to pay'.

This provides a significant opportunity for the industry to build the value back into insulation by promoting the benefits of the different measures:

External Wall Insulation, for example, can transform the appearance and add value and curb appeal to a building as well as reducing fuel bills whilst Cavity Wall Insulation can be undertaken in just a few hours and pay for itself in under 3 years even without a subsidy or grant.

In order to get these messages across to the general public, the NIA and its members are teaming up with the Energy Saving Trust, the independent national energy efficiency experts and other advice agencies to promote the true benefits of insulation.


Friday, 31 August 2018

NIA Launches New Regional Breakfast Meetings

In response to requests from its members for more frequent, local face to face engagements the NIA has established new breakfast meetings.

In launching the new initiative Neil Marshall CEO said: "Our members asked us for more face to face meetings that fit in with their working day - in response, we have introduced regional breakfast meetings.  These are to be held in central locations within regions to minimise travel time and take place between 9 and 10.30 to try and avoid disrupting the working day.  The meetings will provide an opportunity for us to share important updates, to hear first hand about business issues our members are facing and provide an important opportunity for networking."

For more details on the help available or to access our services contact Bev Hodson on 01525383313 or email Bev.hodson@nia-uk.org

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

NIA and its members are here to help Local Authorities maximise the opportunities from ECO3

The new Energy Company Obligation which runs from 1st October 2018 to end March 2022 includes a mechanism called the Local Authority Flexible Eligibility Option which energy companies can use to achieve up to 25% of their ECO target.

The LA Flexible Eligibility Option recognises that Local Authorities are very well placed to assist in the effective targeting of householders in or at risk of fuel poverty because of their local knowledge of the housing stock and relationships with local residents and stakeholders.  Using this new option Local Authorities can develop and run local schemes in their area providing free energy efficiency measures to residents which are funded by energy companies.

NIA members can assist Local Authorities looking for help to develop and run their schemes.  Our installer members can provide Information, advice and guidance on funding opportunities and have considerable experience of working with energy companies, housing providers and other organisations in the design and delivery of high-quality local schemes.

The NIA’s membership includes the leading manufacturers/system suppliers and installers of all insulation measures so can offer a complete service for Local Authorities looking for help.

For more details on the help available or to access these services contact Bev Hodson on 01525383313 or email Bev.hodson@nia-uk.org or visit www.nia-uk.org 


Wednesday, 1 August 2018

NIA launches new website

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has launched a new website at www.nia-uk.org for consumers, specifiers, advice agencies, media and its members.

The new website is designed to provide visitors with the latest information and advice on the insulation industry, insulation measures for homes and businesses and signpost them to local NIA members who can carry out the work.

The new, easier to navigate, website includes various features explaining the benefits of insulation including a very handy postcode locator (visible on every page) which lists NIA approved local installers in a member’s directory. It also incorporates a useful Understanding Insulation section explaining the different solutions available and the current schemes available to help pay for measures and a new case studies section which contains details of projects that have been carried out by NIA members.

There is also a new member’s area and media section which includes a library of insulation related images for members or the press to use.

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA commented: “The new website has been designed to provide users with up to date advice and information in a user-friendly, easy to navigate format”.

Any organisation interested in NIA membership please email info@nia-uk.org or call 01525 383 313