Press Release:
NIA sets out ambitious plans for 2015 to support its solid wall insulation members

Release Date 17 December 2014

At the National Insulation Association's (NIA) Annual Conference which took place on  4th December 2014, its Chief Executive briefed members on the plans the association had to stimulate the markets for external and internal wall insulation and position its members as the preferred choice for householders and specifiers in 2015.
 
Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA commented: "With solid wall insulation installations expected to be minimal under the Energy Company Obligation due to Government cuts earlier this year and the stop start nature of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) the NIA will be focusing greater attention on stimulating solid wall insulation activity in other market sectors including new build and commercial refurbishment.  The theme of our conference was 'Building a Sustainable Future for our Industry' and that is exactly what we intend to do.  

"As well as creating additional opportunities for members we will be clearly positioning and promoting NIA members as the preferred choice to carry out external and internal wall insulation work.  We will of course be continuing to work very closely with Governments throughout the UK to help in shaping the various Government and energy company funded grants and schemes to maximum effect."
 
NIA will be supporting its solid wall insulation members in 2015 with the following services:
 
- Providing information and advice on opportunities in different market sectors, funding available and how to access these.

- Promoting the benefits of solid wall insulation and using NIA members to householders, funders and specifiers in the domestic, new build and commercial markets.  NIA has around 100,000 hits on its website each year from people looking for companies to carry out work.

- Introducing a new quality and service charter for NIA members to clearly differentiate them from non-members and provide competitive advantage when quoting or tendering for work.

- Working in partnership with housing providers, builders, framework operators and other specifiers in encouraging them to request NIA membership to work on projects.
 
In conclusion Marshall added: “2014 has been a volatile and challenging year for solid wall insulation companies particularly with the changes to the Energy Company Obligation and the feast and famine nature of the GDHIF.  As a trade association committed to delivering added value to its members, we are determined to support our membership in accessing sustainable business opportunities going forward.  

"We would therefore urge external and internal wall insulation companies that are seeking a long term future to join the NIA to benefit from the support we will be providing and to help strengthen the weight of our voice and lobbying power."
 
Installer and manufacturer/system designer memberships are both available Companies interested in finding out more about membership opportunities should email bev.hodson@nia-uk.org or call 01525 383313   

Notes to Editors:

Installer membership is available from £995 + VAT and manufacturer/system designer membership from £2,500 + VAT and the NIA does not charge an application fee.

The NIA is here to help you with expert opinions and comments on any matter that concerns the insulation of homes and businesses. For further information and images call Duncan or Michele at the NIA press office on 01327 227 010 or email Duncan@evolution-pr.co.uk

The NIA represents the manufacturers, system designers and installers of cavity wall, external wall and internal wall insulation, loft insulation and draught proofing. The NIA and its members are committed to providing a high quality, value for money service to householders, housing managers, developers and businesses.

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