Thermal Insulation (Industrial Report) - UK - September 2014
“Retro-fit activity in the building thermal insulation sector collapsed in 2013 as new government schemes failed to boost demand in the residential sector. The Green Deal, the government’s flagship energy efficiency programme launched in January 2013, has had little impact on the market to date. Government cuts to the ECO scheme are also set to result in lower than expected installation numbers of key thermal insulation measures over the next two years; however, more buoyant new construction activity is expected to bolster demand over the coming years. Nonetheless, the outlook for the market now carries greater uncertainties than in previous years, due to changes in government policy and continued low take-up levels of Green Deal finance. Thus, a return to stronger market growth will strongly depend on renewed government support and commitment to the retro-fit sector.”
– Claudia Preedy - Industrial Analyst
This report addresses the following key questions concerning the thermal insulation market:
- How has the thermal insulation market performed over the last five years?
- How strongly will the market develop over the next five years?
- How have government initiatives affected activity in the retro-fit sector?
- What are the drivers for market growth?
- How have companies involved in the market faired during the last five years?
The market for thermal insulation incorporates both materials used in the building sector and those used for industrial applications. Both sectors of the market are analysed in this report.
The building thermal insulation sector includes a range of products, such as:
- Wall insulation, including cavity, internal and external installation
- Loft insulation
- Roof insulation
- Draught proofing
- Pipe and cylinder lagging
- Floor insulation
The industrial thermal insulation sector includes products used in process plant applications as well as the heating and ventilation sector.
Insulation materials are either inorganic or organic. Inorganic materials are produced from minerals, while organic materials are derived from oil. These products are available in either rigid or flexible form, utilising air as a natural insulator.
The main rigid in organic thermal insulation materials include:
- Glass mineral wool slabs and pipe sections
- Rock mineral wool slabs and pipe sections
- Calcium silicate
- Cellular glass
- Microporous silica slabs, mouldings and pipe sections
Rigid organic insulation products are manufactured from a range of materials including:
- Phenolic foam
- Expanded polystyrene
- Extruded polystyrene
- Rigid cellular plastics
Flexible inorganic insulation materials principally include:
- Glass mineral wool rolls and mats
- Rock mineral wool rolls and mats
- Ceramic fibre rolls and mats
The principal flexible organic materials are manufactured from:
- Expanded nitrile rubber
- Polyethylene foam
- Flexible polyurethane foam
The majority of the market size data is quoted at contractors' prices. Where applicable, market values quoted at contractors’ prices also include value of DIY installations.
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