A national insulation certification scheme which overcomes the serious, widespread issue of the continuing flood of non compliant insulation products & services into Australia, has been launched.
The Insulation Australasia (IA) scheme is based on the premise that all insulation products should be third party certified as compliant to Building Code of Australia standards, to ensure that consumers get products that are fit for purpose and can be installed to deliver the performance level they paid for.
Insulation Australasia (IA) is a product agnostic industry association representing Australian and New Zealand insulation manufacturers, wholesalers, importers, fabricators and installers as a single voice to government, the public and the building and construction industry. It represents virtually all insulation product types currently available in the Trans Tasman region.
IA Chairman, Scott Gibson, said today the crucial issue of non-compliant building products & services has been compromising the whole of the Australian building industry for the past 20 years and, and it had to be dealt with as a matter of urgency.
Mr. Gibson continued that the Australian insulation industry is currently riddled with non-compliant product in the aftermath of the Home Insulation Program. “Unfortunately certified product compliance in our industry is the exception not the rule, so Insulation Australasia sees itself playing a crucial role on behalf of Australian regulators in delivering industry-wide self regulation of all insulation products & installation services.
“With no mandatory third party certification program in place until now, the industry is susceptible to fraud through unscrupulous trading companies and manufacturers who misrepresent performance, doctor certificates and counterfeit compliance logos and industry accreditation.
“Furthermore this jeopardizes the jobs and livelihoods of those legitimate industry participants who do manufacture, supply and install insulation products that that do meet Australian and New Zealand product and installation standards. “Last year’s HIA national housing industry summit in Sydney identified the problem that inconsistent compliance regulations are promoting this uneven playing field between ethical manufacturers that comply with standards and those manufacturers and importers who take advantage of the current lax regulatory framework.
“It’s clear that manufacturers who do the right thing are being disadvantaged against those that neither invest in producing products that meet Australian standards nor programs to demonstrate compliance.” Mr. Gibson said that after the belting the industry wrongfully received in Australia following the Home Insulation Program of 2009/10, his members’ primary aim is to restore faith in the industry and promote the internationally established facts that:
- the cheapest energy is the energy that’s saved
- well-made and correctly installed insulation products have a meaningful cost effective contribution to this outcome.
“When you consider that insulation above all other components of a building has the most significant impact on energy consumption over the life of that building, you would expect a strict regulatory environment in Australia around its manufacture and installation.
“Sadly this is not the case and Insulation Australasia has identified that this needs to change to ensure both consumer
protection and a sustainable industry.” “With energy prices expected to rise by as much as 40% over the next five years, there’s an increasing urgency to continue to improve the regulatory environment around building insulation products and installation, particularly given that about 60% of Australian homes are still inadequately insulated.”
* ABS Australia’s environment Issues & Trends Special issue: 4613.0- January 2010.