Left to right: Gerry Miller of SWIGA, Neil Marshall Chief Executive of NIA and Greg Cooper Chief Executive of the BBA
13 June 2011 12:39 by British Board of Agrement (BBA)
The BBA joins initiative to meet UK Government Climate Change Targets
The BBA has signed an agreement to work with the Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA) and the National Insulation Agency (NIA) in an initiative to support the mass roll-out of Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) in the residential market to meet UK government climate change targets.
The three bodies will be developing an independent installer assessment and surveillance scheme for SWI covering external wall insulation, internal wall insulation and hybrid systems which are a combination of both external and internal wall insulation installed at the same property.
This initiative forms part of an SWI industry framework developed by the NIA and SWIGA to bring about a tenfold increase in the capacity of the SWI industry in a controlled manner.
This will support UK government targets under the Green Deal and the recommendation by the Committee on Climate Change that around 2.3m SWI installations will need to be undertaken by 2022 to achieve government climate change targets.
The industry framework covers quality assurance, skills and training and consumer protection, including an independent SWI Guarantee.
To support the industry expansion, re-skilling of existing installers will be required along with a major recruitment and training drive.
The BBA’s role will involve the initial assessment of the installer’s competence to survey a property and subsequently the decision made on which solid wall system is best suited to the property.
In addition, the BBA will provide on-going surveillance of the installer to ensure that surveying and installation competencies are maintained along with appropriate statistical information to prove the compliance of installations with relevant building regulations.
The BBA will also check that any remedial measures are actioned should any installer fail to attain or maintain an adequate level of competence.
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