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EXCLUSIVE: SIMON STORER APPOINTED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF BRUFMA The British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturers’ Association (BRUFMA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Storer as its new Chief Executive, effective 9 January 2017. With a career in the construction industry, public affairs and communications that spans more than 30 years, Simon brings a wealth of experience and knowledge that will provide enormous benefit to the association. Tasked with developing and implementing an effective strategy for the coming years and leading BRUFMA to expand its access and influence, Simon’s expertise will ensure the voice of the PIR insulation sector is fully understood, enabling all members to flourish and benefit from the work of the association. Announcing the appointment, President of BRUFMA Kevin Bohea said: “We are very pleased to have Simon joining us as the new CEO of BRUFMA. His previous experience of working in the construction industry, whilst at the CPA, will prove invaluable to our organisation.” Previously Head of Communications at BACTA, Simon was Communications and External Affairs Director at the Construction Products Association (CPA) for seven years, he also worked for the architect Levitt Bernstein, Shoreditch New Deal for Communities project, as well as 10 years for the Channel Tunnel project during its construction phase. Commenting on his appointment, Simon Storer said: “I am delighted to be taking on the position as Chief Executive for BRUFMA during what is likely to be a hugely interesting and challenging time, both for the UK as a whole and specifically for the construction manufacturing sector. Although there are many uncertainties that the UK is facing, there is no doubt that energy efficiency of the built environment will remain a national objective and key to the UK hitting its climate change targets. PIR insulation is essential to this and BRUFMA members will continue to play a leading role in ensuring buildings perform to the highest standard.” “With BRUFMAs membership responsible for providing almost half of all insulation provided to the UK market, Simon’s understanding of the importance of the PIR insulation industry will help us to correctly position BRUFMA as the leading relevant insulation trade association in the UK.” Added Kevin Bohea: “We wish him every success in his CEO role with us.”

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Wow, what a month. It’s been all go here at Insulate HQ, we have been busy preparing for the first ever National Insulation Industry Awards, Visited Recticel Insulation in Stoke-on-Trent and also spent some time at the home of the British Board of Agremént in Watford. We’ve also had the Bonfield review released by the government so we wait in earnest for the development of this strategic plan to implement changes to the industry, the overarching response from people we have spoken to is one of embracing and developing to suit the standards laid out within the report. I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon with the Recticel Graduates for our “Inspiring the Next Generation” feature (pg 10) I was overwhelmed by the passion for their roles within a business that continues to grow. We have opened entries for the inaugural National Insulation Industry Awards, the standard of which have been extremely high, we’ve also welcomed a further three judges to the panel (pg 27) All in all we have seen continued growth and affirmation of the relevance of this publication, we shall continue to develop over the coming months and with your support, ensure that relevant news and reviews are sent directly to you each month.

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NIA Annual Conference 2016 Review From National Insulation Association CEO Neil Marshall

The NIA’s 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition took place on 6th December and saw over 200 delegates attend to hear about and discuss future Government policies, the current industry landscape and latest market opportunities. The conference was opened by the NIA Chair Tony Hardiman MBE who advised delegates that important information and advice would be provided throughout the day to aid companies with their future business planning.

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As Chief Executive I gave a review of our achievements in 2016 and set out our plans for 2017 including continuing support to our members in maximising insulation volumes, business opportunities and positioning them as the preferred choice amongst consumers and specifiers. Priority work streams for the Association will include influencing key policy developments, developing quality & standards linked to the Bonfield Review and promoting the benefits of insulation and using NIA members.


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Presentations during the event were given by key external organisations including; the Department for BEIS, Ofgem e-serve, Energy UK, the Committee on Fuel Poverty, Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group, Energy Saving Trust, National Landlords Association and Fusion 21. Derek Horrocks from the headline sponsor, PermaRock Products Ltd, delivered a thought provoking address highlighting the millions of homes that still require insulation and the importance and commitment of NIA and its members in providing consumers with the highest levels of quality and customer service. Tony Hardiman rounded up the day stating that over the last 4 years the impact of the 80% reduction in energy efficiency installations due to changes in Government policies had been very damaging to energy bill payers and the industry. Picking up on the theme of the day he closed by saying that all key stakeholders needed to work together in encouraging Government to make energy efficiency of the UK housing stock and businesses a funded national infrastructure priority.� Insulation companies interested in joining the NIA should contact Bev.hodson@nia-uk.org or call 01525383313

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Recticel Insulation: Inspiring the next generation....

Colin Heath travelled to Stoke-on-Trent to visit the home of Recticel Insulation and to talk about how they are investing in their future with a graduate scheme. As a feature writer, you get to spend time with tens or sometimes hundreds of people each month looking for the opportunity to write about something that will engage readers. It’s not often that you find yourself captivated by the people that you are interviewing; after all, you are looking for the story.

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However, this was not the case on my visit to Recticel Insulation in December. From the moment I arrived, I could tell this was going to be different. Having had brief discussions with Tom Nash and Anna Paruch from the Recticel Marketing Department, my day was to be filled interviewing graduates, enjoying a tour of the state-of-the-art factory and conducting further interviews, which included a tête à tête with Paul Forrester, Technical Services Manager at Recticel and guardian of two of the five graduates I was soon to meet. By way of introduction, I met Lee Buckley and Ashley Millington both from the aforementioned Technical Team, who have degrees in Business and Building Surveying respectively, together with Huw, a Philosophy graduate now working in external sales. Tom and Anna also joined us, who, to my surprise, were also on the graduate scheme at Recticel. They in fact run the UK marketing operation for Recticel, which is


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testament to the calibre of graduate the company enrols, and the time and dedication it invests into each and every employee to maximise their potential within the organisation. From the outset, the energy in the room was high, it was clear the graduates at Recticel are passionate about their roles, “The culture is great, the business is growing, yet maintaining the company’s core values,” Lee explained. “Being actively involved in the graduate development program has been a highlight so far. We’ve had the experience of pitching our ideas for the scheme to the CEO and Chief Human Resource Manager, successfully achieving funding for a further two undergraduates.” Ashley was equally as enthused; having been given the opportunity to gain Competent Person Certification in a course offered to technical professionals and run by the British Board of Agrément (BBA), one of the UK’s leading independent accreditation services in construction-based product and system supplies. “This was a great achievement in my so-far short career,” Ashley said. “Ultimately,” he added, “I’d like to secure an international role within Recticel, so I’m taking every opportunity to learn and develop.” It became more and more apparent as I sat with the graduate team that they all felt supported by the colleagues around them. “We have interaction

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with all departments at Recticel Insulation and some of our jobs involve working with senior management right down to projects with the people who help create our product on the production line,” Lee said. According to Tom, having Directors and Managers in the company involved with the day-today running of the graduate scheme was another bonus, enabling a direct line of communication between graduates and Senior Management within the organisation. He added, “Kevin Bohea, our Commercial Director, oversees the graduate team. We have quarterly meetings in which Kevin will lead projects, development and ultimately push us to integrate fully with both the UK and international functions of the business.” Another mark of the equality ethos that seems to underpin the company’s family-feel is the team’s commitment to “working the line” one day per year. This compulsory role-reversal appears to be well received by all of the graduates. Huw, the first graduate to join the scheme for the Recticel UK operation, said: “I had to hit the ground running. I worked in practically every department across both Recticel Insulation and its sister company, Gradient, giving me the chance to understand the design,

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Dream Scheme: From Left - Tom Nash, Lee Buckley, Anna Paruch,

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manufacture and logistical aspects of the business. The experience has proved invaluable to me within the sales function, because I now understand all the components required to get the schemes to market.” The themes of the graduate interview continued whilst I spoke with Paul Forrester, Technical Services Manager at Recticel with a background in architectural practice. “We’ve got a lot to look forward to here at Recticel Insulation in Stoke,” he said. “In terms of the graduate program, we try to identify people with high potential, the future leaders of Recticel. We have a vast variety of roles within the business and we look for specific multi-skilled graduates to enable the transfer of skills throughout the company.” In conclusion, although it was only a short time in which I spoke to both Paul and all members of the graduate team, it became clear that there was a real passion not only for the insulation industry, but for graduate schemes in general. Recticel is clearly managing this scheme to its full potential and not looking for individual recognition, but letting the team shine.

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Kiwa BDA Agrément® Offers Alternative Product Approval Scheme – by Alan Thomas, Kiwa BDA Associate Specifiers, distributors and contractors will be familiar with the various quality marks and certificates offered by manufacturers in support of their roofing, cladding or insulation products. These include Kitemarks, for the more traditional ones, and British Board of Agrément (BBA) certificates at the more innovative end. An Agrément scheme from Kiwa BDA is also available for these products and manufacturers have welcomed this – mainly because of the cost and time taken to obtain a certificate from another body. “At last, a valid alternative!” is one manufacturer comment on our new scheme that we have on file and we have many positive comments about our service and delivery from the well-known names on our rapidly-growing client list. Kiwa is an independent international certification body with a pedigree of many years, unrivalled experience (in quality and quantity) in developing certification guidelines for a huge range of innovative building products and with state of the art laboratories across Europe to test them. It has offices in 40 countries and is in the Top 20 of global certification organisations. BDA Founder Nico Hendricks is an internationally-known figure through his work on developing standards and technical specifications for building envelope components across Europe.

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Kiwa is now developing its BDA Agrément® scheme here in the UK, built on the basis of over 30 years extensive and intensive work on the study of waterproofing and insulation of the building envelope. With offices in Cheltenham, Harrogate and Derby, Kiwa UK is UKAS accredited and Kiwa BDA is also a Notified Body under the requirements applying throughout the EU for European Standards and Technical Assessments. BDA Agrément® is recognised by the NHBC as meeting their technical requirements and by LABC for Building Regulations purposes. It is also recognised by Irish Government body DECLG, responsible for building standards there. BDA Agrément® confirms the fitness for purpose of products not covered by British or European standards and involves a thorough and rigorous assessment of the product concerned, involving evaluation of its use on or within a building and testing of its key performance factors. The assessment also includes factory inspection and audit, to ensure that processes are in place to ensure that the specification of the product agreed between KIWA BDA and the manufacturer will be maintained as long as the BDA Agrément® is valid. Site inspections may also be carried out to check installation information and practices and once the Agrément has been awarded the manufacturer will be subject to periodic audit to check that all is as it should be. The Agrément itself includes information on the compliance, or contribution to compliance, of the product with Building Regulations throughout the UK. It also features details of the results of tests and calculations, product or system characteristics and key performance data, as well as specific points for the specifier or installer to note, including typical details and durability information – the last being of particular interest to the building owner too.


A number of BDA Agréments have already been awarded to UK manufacturers, going back to 2008, most of whom approached BDA in the Netherlands direct after experiencing issues with one of the other UK certification bodies, usually in relation to time and cost. A recent BDA award is to Kingspan Insulation for its Optim-R Vacuum Insulation Panel. A copy of this (and of course other BDA Agréments) is downloadable via www.kiwa.co.uk or the manufacturer’s own website. It can easily be seen that these are very comprehensive documents, giving the reader all the information he or she needs to make a decision about the suitability of the product for a particular project. The BDA Agréments awarded to other UK firms so far include those covering external wall insulation, roof, wall and floor insulating reflective membranes, roof waterproofing and waterproofing to the underside of the raft and the outside of the walls to reinforced concrete earth retained structures. Further assessments are in hand and will result in BDA Agréments later this year. As well as discussions with many individual manufacturers Kiwa BDA has presented to the


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British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturers Association (BRUFMA) and will be presenting to the manufacturer associations covering liquid-applied and single-ply roof waterproofing, metal cladding and roofing and external wall insulation, as well as the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), in the next few weeks. We are also Affiliate Members of the National Insulation Association (NIA) and Associate Members of the Thermal Insulation Manufacturers and Suppliers Association (TIMSA). “We are offering a great service to UK construction industry at all levels,” says Kiwa BDA’s Business Development Manager, Chris Forshaw. “Specifiers, distributors, installers, NHBC and building control welcome the detailed information on regulatory compliance and technical data in our Agréments and manufacturers who seek our certification have found doors previously closed to them suddenly open. We have in-depth technical expertise across the entire scope of the building envelope, we have done the ground work to obtain NHBC and LABC recognition for the UK and DECLG in Ireland and manufacturers are finding our prices, service levels and project turnaround far better than existing players. The ready acceptance of our certificates is borne out in the meetings we have held with manufacturers and supportive comments on the value of BDA Agrément® from our existing customers.” For further information, please contact Chris Forshaw on 07718 570564 chris.forshaw@kiwa.co.uk

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The Bonfield Review: Industry Reaction So it was a little later than expected, but there is no denying that this eagerly anticipated report has certainly sparked aconversation. Below we publish responses from industry associations and experts

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Following the publication of the report on Friday 16th December 2016, Neil Marshall the CEO of the National Insulation Association (NIA) responded: “The NIA has contributed a significant amount to the review and we were pleased to see that the input we have provided and the work that the NIA and its members is already carrying out to further improve quality and standards has been recognised in the report. We fully support the review and will be meeting with Peter Bonfield and his team early in the New Year to discuss the recommendations and how the NIA and its members can contribute to the implementation of these.” Marshall added: “As the leading trade association for insulation in the UK the NIA and its members is committed to quality and customer service. Our members meet robust criteria and sign up to a strict code of professional practice, providing householders and specifiers with added reassurance and peace of mind. “In anticipation of the recommendations of the Review we began work in developing enhanced industry standards and specifications some months ago for insulation measures including Cavity Wall Insulation, External Wall Insulation, Loft Insulation and Room in Roof Insulation which we will be rolling out in 2017.”


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Some 19 months after being Commissioned by then Energy Secretary Amber Rudd, the Each Home Counts (aka Bonfield Review) has been published. It’s been a long journey with BRUFMA and some of its members being involved in the process along the way. But it’s not over now that the report is published, in fact it’s just the start. The review highlights a number of recommendations, the main one of which is to introduce a Quality Mark for all energy efficiency measures and for all consumers who operate in the sector. This must be a positive step in ensuring consumer confidence and restoring faith in the energy efficiency sector. Anyone signing up to the quality mark will also need to adhere to three key elements which make up the new framework:

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A Consumer Charter to ensure all consumers receive excellent customer service with a clear redress process and guarantee protection A Code of Conduct setting out how companies behave, operate and report Codes of Practice which are relevant to the installation of each measure under consideration to minimise the risk of poor quality BRUFMA supports these key recommendations which recognise the importance of thermal insulation in improving energy efficiency and the importance of high quality products and installation standards. BRUFMA President Kevin Bohea said “Thermal insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways of improving the fabric energy efficiency of a property which reduces consumer bills and supports with the delivery of carbon targets. Quality should be at the forefront of energy efficiency policy and high standards will ensure that industry is trusted by consumers. BRUFMA members represent almost 50% of the UK’s thermal insulation market and our members’ expertise and experience tells us that the backing of both installers and consumers is an important element of successful policy delivery. The review aims to address this by delivering cross-cutting recommendations for consumer protection, advice and guidance, quality and standards, compliance and enforcement and skills and training with sector specific recommendations for insulation and fabric.” The recommendations in the review outline a positive approach towards ensuring continued and improved levels of trust in the sector for both installers and consumers. With a Ministerial sign off from Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and Gavin Barwell (Housing Minister) BRUFMA looks forward to following the next steps for the review and how these recommendations are implemented.


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Paroc named Global Insulation Company of the Year 2016

The energy-efficient insulations manufacturer Paroc Group has been named the Global Insulation Company of the Year 2016 at the 11th Global Insulation Conference – the most important annual event for the insulation industry. Paroc has won the prestigious title for the second time, repeating its success in the 2012 Gala. This year’s conference, held in Hamburg, Germany at the end of September, saw a growing number of participants representing all stages of investment process – planners, engineers, contractors, insulation manufacturers, as well as construction researchers. The conference has successfully taken place with around 150 delegates from 27 countries, who debated on the newest market trends, manufacturing advances and innovative insulation technologies. Paroc Group has been given credit for its highly innovative, yet sustainable approach to the insulation market. Last year saw a number of Paroc innovations which helped to create more value from proven materials. The award received by Paroc was largely based on the company’s pioneering role in attention to environmental effects.

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Apart from the Insulation Company of the Year title, awards were also given in the following categories: Equipment Supplier, Insulation Plant, Insulation Product, Technical Innovation and Personality of the Year. Nominations were received from participants in the global insulation industry in an online voting process. After input from a panel of judges, a final nominations list in each category was put to a final on-line vote, open to all participants in the global insulation industry. Up to now, Paroc has received two Insulation Company of the Year titles (first one in 2012), as well as the Insulation Product of the Year 2015 award for PAROC eXtra general insulation slab. The 12th Global Insulation Conference, Exhibition and Awards will take place in Kraków, Poland in September 2017.


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Kevin McCloud to host Prestigious awards Grand designs presenter and host of the house of the year awards has agreed to host the 2017 inaugural National Insulation Industry Awards in Birmingham this June. The awards which include the much coveted Manufacturer of the year will be held in the Great Hall at Birmingham University on 27th June 2017. For further information or to book tickets please visit www.insulationawards.co.uk

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