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Parties vie to claim credit for national insurance scheme cut – so what risks has the Government exposed us to?

Parties vie to claim credit for national insurance scheme cut – so what risks has the Government exposed us to?

By Steven Heath; Director – Public Affairs and Strategy (Knauf Insulation Northern Europe)

SSE’s announcement to fix energy prices to January 2016 saw David Cameron and Ed Miliband competing to claim the credit. With the other energy suppliers coming under pressure to follow SSE’s example, let’s consider what the real cost of this price freeze amounts to. And consider if there is really any credit to claim! Continue reading

Flooding and ECO – Two sides of the same coin?

Flooding and ECO – Two sides of the same coin?

By John Sinfield; Managing Director (Knauf Insulation Northern Europe)

So, why am I writing about flooding? And not for the reason you would think, linking the current situation to climate change. I’m writing about flooding as it highlights how the Government makes decisions based on the political expediency of the day, rather than on an assessment of real quantifiable benefits for all. Continue reading

Green Deal; Twelve months on

Green Deal; Twelve months on

By John Sinfield; Managing Director (Knauf Insulation Northern Europe)

Life, and the first Star Wars prequel, teaches us “there is always a bigger fish”. I suspect that the fish must at some point have an upper limit, but it’s a good place to start to share some of our experiences over the last twelve months. Continue reading

A blog based on the latest news about ECO

A blog based on the latest news about ECO

By John Sinfield; Managing Director (Knauf Insulation Northern Europe)

So, yet again we have the Government making policy announcements via the media. Today, the BBC are running a story about the plans to modify the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). This seems to have been singled out by No. 10 as the target in the hastily announced review of the so called ‘green levies’. Continue reading

External or Internal Wall Insulation – Which is the best solution for the thermal upgrade of existing solid masonry walls?

External or Internal Wall Insulation – Which is the best solution for the thermal upgrade of existing solid masonry walls?

By Steve Duke: Sales Director – Refurbishment & Contracting (Knauf Insulation Northern Europe)

There is an ongoing debate about which is the best solution for the thermal upgrade of existing solid masonry walls. Which is the optimum solution, external wall insulation (EWI) or internal wall insulation (IWI)? The answer could be both, neither, or the installation of both systems as a hybrid solution. The truth is that insulating solid walls can be complicated and the relative merits of the available options should be considered on a project by project basis. Continue reading