UK Thermal Insulation market report
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For the purposes of this Report, Mintel has used the following definitions:
The market for thermal insulation incorporates both the building sector and industrial applications.
Building thermal insulation is segmented into the following sectors:
- 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 and 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:
- Polyurethane (PUR)
- Polyisocyanurate foam (PIR)
- phenolic foam
- expanded polystyrene (EPS)
- extruded polystyrene (XPS)
- 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
All values quoted in this report are at current prices unless otherwise specified. The majority of the market size data is quoted at contractors' prices. Where applicable, market values quoted at contractors’ prices also include the value of DIY installations.
What you need to know
Government schemes promoting home energy efficiency measures (predominately through energy company obligation programmes such as ECO) have provided a boost to the building thermal insulation market over the last two decades, especially for cavity wall and loft insulation measures, and in more recent years solid wall insulation. However, frequent changes to government programmes have resulted in a stop-start retro-fit building thermal insulation market, encouraging a number of companies to shift focus from retro-fit to the new build sector.
The ECO scheme will continue to be a key driver of the retro-fit sector, but will not provide a renewed boost to thermal insulation measures as there has been no increase in government funding, while supplier obligation funding is only available to households at risk of fuel poverty. The private housebuilding sector is, however, expected to continue to provide a positive impetus for thermal insulation demand.
New incentives and funding mechanisms, such as green mortgage products, will play a vital role in stimulating growth in the ‘able-to-pay’ homeowner market as homeowners are reluctant to implement insulation-based energy-saving measures without a strong financial incentive.
Expert analysis from a specialist in the field
Written by Claudia Preedy, a leading analyst in the B2B sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.
UK demand for thermal insulation has demonstrated an erratic development over recent years. This has been exacerbated by changes to government programmes promoting home energy efficiency measures, which has resulted in stop-start activity in the retro-fit building insulation market. The recovery in UK construction activity has, however, provided more stable growth opportunities for thermal insulation companies. The private housebuilding sector will continue to provide a positive impetus for thermal insulation demand, while the commercial construction sector is expected to be negatively affected by Brexit-related uncertainties, at least in the short term.
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