Roadmap for quality control and safety in insulation installation
On 18 May 2021 a broad coalition of insulation, building and energy efficiency organisations released a joint Roadmap for quality control and safety in insulation installation. The roadmap sets out a series of actions to ensure that insulation is installed following best practice processes for quality control and safety.
Insulation is an essential component of a healthy, comfortable building. Adequate insulation can increase thermal comfort, lower heating and cooling bills, and reduce the prevalence of illness and death. Insulation needs to be properly installed in order to deliver its full value in both existing and new buildings.
The over 40 organisations (see below) that developed and signed this roadmap are committed to working with governments to ensure that insulation is installed properly. The roadmap includes actions that industry commits to undertake, and recommendations for actions by governments and other organisations.
The roadmap sets out actions that include:
- Information and guidelines;
- Training and accreditation;
- Requirements for insulation installations supported by governments;
- Compliance associated with new buildings and major renovations; and
- Moving beyond an insulation-only approach.
In preparation for the roadmap release, Energy Efficiency Council's Head of Policy, Rob Murray-Leach, sat down with Jenny Edwards from Lighthouse Architecture and Science and Felicia Richardson from Enviroflex to discuss the importance of properly installed insulation, professionalisation of the installer workforce and to lay out the Roadmap recommendations. You can check out their quick conversation here.
The roadmap draws on the report Ensuring quality control and safety in insulation installation, which was written by the Energy Efficiency Council and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, and was jointly funded by the Government of New South Wales, the Government of Victoria, Insulation Australasia and the Insulation Council of Australian and New Zealand.
This research report was only possible with considerable input from experts in a broad range of fields, including policy makers, insulation manufacturers, insulation installers, the construction industry and experts in building design and sustainability. However, the recommendations in the report are the view of the project team at Energy Efficiency Council and ASBEC, and do not necessarily represent the views of any expert with which we consulted.
Public launch webinar
On 10 February the Energy Efficiency Council and ASBEC held a public lauch webinar with an overview of the report's recommendations, followed by a Q&A session.