UK Thermal Insulation Market Report 2023
Despite current market challenges, the decarbonisation drive will support sustained growth in the thermal insulation market. Claudia Preedy, Senior B2B Analyst…

UK Thermal Insulation Market Report 2023

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Stay ahead of the curve and secure future growth for your business with Mintel’s UK Thermal Insulation Market Report 2023. Our full report is packed with consumer-led market intelligence, the latest trends and consumer behaviours affecting your industry. Get a 360° view of the insulation products market including market size, forecast and UK construction activity.

Below, we’ve handpicked the key insights analysed in the full report and summarised the core topics.

  • Analysis of the size of the market and forecast for the next five years.
  • How government policies and initiatives are shaping demand for thermal insulation.
  • How the sustainability drive is shaping innovation and product development.
  • Current insulation levels of UK housing stock and remaining potential.
  • Key market drivers in the new build and retro-fit sectors.

UK Thermal Insulation Market – Current Landscape

Demand for thermal insulation is negatively impacted by weaker housebuilding activity and home improvement work amid the backdrop of higher borrowing costs. Following a good recovery from the COVID-19 hit in 2020, growth has slowed, and the market it estimated to have grown by 4% in 2022.

  • UK thermal insulation market segmentation: Roof insulation remains the most popular type of insulation in the building thermal insulation market.

UK Thermal Insulation Industry – What’s next for the market?

A focus on high-performance thermal building envelopes and taking a whole-house retrofit approach will become increasingly important as the UK progresses to meet climate targets. Sustainability will continue to drive innovation and product development across the sector, with a focus on whole life carbon.

To learn more about the UK Thermal Insulation market, including a five-year forecast, analysis of market trends, and company profiles of the market leaders, purchase our full report. Readers of this report may also be interested in Mintel’s Residential Small Scale Renewables Market Report 2023, or Construction industry reports.

Expert Analysis from an Industry Specialist

This report, written by Claudia Preedy, a leading B2B analyst, delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends in the UK Thermal Insulation market and add expert context to the numbers.

Despite current market challenges, the decarbonisation drive will support sustained growth in the thermal insulation market.

Claudia PreedyClaudia Preedy
Senior B2B Analyst

Table of Contents

    • Key issues covered in this Report
  1. Executive Summary

    • Opportunities for the thermal insulation market
    • Market dynamics and outlook
    • Graph 1: thermal insulation market size and forecast, 2018-27
  2. Market Dynamics

    • Market size
    • Graph 2: thermal insulation market value, 2018-22
    • Graph 3: insulation materials price indices, 2018-22
    • Market segmentation
    • Graph 4: building thermal insulation market, by type of insulation, 2018-22
    • Graph 5: cavity wall insulation market value, 2018-22
    • Graph 6: loft insulation market value, 2018-22
    • Graph 7: draught-proofing market value, 2018-22
    • Graph 8: roof insulation market value, 2018-22
    • Graph 9: average energy bill savings with solid wall insulation, by dwelling type, 2023
    • Graph 10: external wall insulation market value, 2018-22
    • Graph 11: internal wall insulation market value, 2018-22
    • Graph 12: internal wall insulation market value, 2018-22
    • Graph 13: floor insulation market value, 2018-22
    • Graph 14: industrial thermal insulation market value, 2018-22
    • Graph 15: industrial thermal insulation market value, by material, 2022
    • Graph 16: industrial thermal insulation market value, by end use sector, 2022
    • Market forecast
    • Graph 17: thermal insulation market forecast, 2022-27
    • Graph 18: building thermal insulation market forecast, by type, 2023-27
    • Market trends
    • Supply sources
    • Graph 19: production of selected thermal insulation materials, by material, 2021
    • Structure of distribution network
    • Macroeconomic factors
  3. Regulatory and Legislative Environment

    • Building regulations
    • Government policy on reaching Net Zero by 2050
    • Government initiatives to help decarbonise housing stock
    • Graph 20: measures delivered through the ECO scheme in Great Britain, 2013-23
  4. Market Drivers

    • Housing stock characteristics
    • Graph 21: number of households, 1991-2022
    • Graph 22: housing stock analysis for England, by tenure, 2021
    • Graph 23: housing stock distribution in England, by age, 2021
    • Graph 24: housing stock distribution in Scotland, by age, 2021
    • Energy efficiency levels of English homes
    • Graph 25: energy efficiency rating bands of English dwellings, by tenure, 2021
    • Graph 26: remaining potential to insulate GB housing stock, 2022
    • Energy company obligation schemes
    • Graph 27: key insulation ECO measures installed, by measure type, 2018-22
    • Graph 28: key insulation ECO measures installed, by measure type, 2013-23
    • Challenges in de-carbonising the housing stock
    • Market drivers for industrial thermal insulation
    • Graph 29: data centres market forecast, 2021-26
  5. UK Construction Activity

    • UK construction output
    • Graph 30: construction market size, 2017-22
    • New construction activity
    • Graph 31: new construction market value, 2017-22
    • Graph 32: segmentation of new construction activity, 2022
    • RMI construction activity
    • Graph 33: segmentation of RMI construction activity, 2022
    • Housing construction activity
    • Graph 34: new housebuilding market value, 2017-22
    • Graph 35: housing completions, 2018-22
    • Graph 36: segmentation of the new housebuilding market, 2017-22
    • Graph 37: new housing completion market value (fore), 2022-27
    • Private commercial construction activity
    • Graph 38: new commercial construction market value, 2022-17
    • Graph 39: commercial construction market value (fore), 2022-27
    • Private industrial construction activity
    • Graph 40: new industrial construction market value, 2017-22
    • Graph 41: industrial construction market value (fore), 2022-27
  6. Competitive Landscape

    • Industry structure
    • Company profiles
  7. Appendix

    • Report scope and definitions

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