A string of harsh winters and a raft of financial incentives have created a growing interest in insulation which offers real opportunities for installers, according to new research by the Energy Saving Trust (EST).
The survey showed that more than a million UK homes have fitted wall or loft lagging in the last year, while 13million homes still have under-insulated lofts. A quarter of all UK homes (6.5 million) still have un-insulated walls.
More than a fifth of those questioned in the EST survey (21%) said they were “very interested” in fitting insulation to their home.
The Green Deal will be launched in January and the EST is inviting insulation installers to get registered to take advantage of the increased interest in insulation.
EST is an independent organisation which can provide Green Deal installer certification at a fixed price. All installers approved by the EST are also given a free listing on the organisation’s website.
Alumasc offer a range of EST recommended External Wall Insulation systems and are heavily involved in the preparations for Green Deal. Not only have Alumasc rolled out a nationwide programme of training to ensure their network of approved installers is fully compliant with the new installation requirements, but strong relationships are being forged with Green Deal Providers, utility companies and trade associations in order to ensure the consumer gets the right advice from their first steps in applying for funding, right through to completion of the installation.
Stephen Passmore, an EST housing expert, said: “It’s clear that more and more people are taking insulation seriously – after all, it can literally stop your money going up in smoke.
“We’re encouraged that so many homeowners have fitted insulation in the last 12 months, and further heartened that 21% are very interested in following their example.
“Green Deal lets householders pay back the cost of energy-saving improvements over time through their energy bill. Anyone performing Green Deal work must be certified, and the EST is one organisation making sure that only trusted tradesmen can operate under the scheme.
“Our figures show there is still a huge opportunity for installers to continue insulating homes across the UK through the Green Deal. With certification and the right information showing which homes could benefit from insulation then installers can maximise the opportunities of this initiative for themselves and householders.”
For more information on Alumasc’s range of EST Recommended systems, see below:
Swistherm – a thin coat insulated render system suited to contemporary and new build applications.
Swisslab – the market leading insulated render system for overcladding existing properties, extensively used to upgrade social housing.
Swisspan – an insulated render system used to overclad existing properties where the possibilities for mechanical fixing are restricted to structural elements.
For more information on solid wall insulation, click here.