Thermal Insulation - UK - August 2016
“Thermal insulation installers are increasingly adopting a multimeasure approach, ranging from insulation through to heating, plumbing and renewables. Companies are also branching out from the retrofit market to different new build and commercial sectors. This strategy is designed to counteract the reduced demand generated by government home energy efficiency initiatives.”
– Claudia Preedy - B2B 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 changes to 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 UK thermal insulation market has demonstrated erratic development over recent years. This has been exacerbated by changes and cuts to government programmes promoting home energy efficiency measures and the UK construction sector’s stuttering recovery. The frequent changes to energy efficiency policy have resulted in a stop-start insulation market and have had a damaging effect on investor confidence in the sector.
In the UK, there are still seven million homes with inadequate loft insulation, just under five million homes have potential for cavity wall insulation, and 7.5 million solid wall homes are still uninsulated. Moreover, the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) claims the UK’s housing stock is one of the least energy efficient in Europe.
This suggests significant growth potential for retro-fit installations going forward, despite current government policy pointing towards a further significant reduction in retro-fit activity over the next five years. The Conservative government has so far committed to insulate an additional one million homes during the current parliament, which represents a substantial reduction on the last five years.
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