NSW Government and Industry work together to cut power bills through better energy efficiency

Association of Wall & Ceiling Industries ICANZ Clean Energy Council

The insulation industry has welcomed the opportunity to work with the New South Wales Government to reduce household power bills through improved energy efficiency in the state.

Through a partnership with the insulation industry, the NSW Government will ensure installers taking part in its programs are fully qualified to install insulation safely and to the highest standards.

The Insulation Council of Australia and New Zealand (ICANZ), The Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries (AWCI), Insulation Australasia (IA) and the Clean Energy Council (CEC) have developed and implemented a nationally-accredited installer training course to ensure installers are in full compliance with the latest Australian Standards.

The Clean Energy Council provides a comprehensive and robust accreditation system for solar installers, which has been constantly refined and improved over the last 10 years.  The accreditation scheme now includes requirements for training, continuous professional development and the provision of case studies to demonstrate technical competence. These requirements have been replicated for insulation accreditation, ensuring a safe and high-quality installation for customers where this accreditation system is in place

ICANZ CEO Dennis D’Arcy said improving energy efficiency in existing NSW homes is recognized as one of the cheapest ways to improve household comfort and help reduce the pressure of energy costs on households.

“Of all the energy efficiency measures available for existing buildings, adding insulation is one of the most immediate, long-term and effective ways to achieve these benefits.” Mr D’Arcy said.

“The NSW Government is now working with industry to develop the right structure for qualified insulation installers to participate in NSW energy efficiency programs.

“Correctly selecting the right insulation and having it professionally installed will provide even more than increased comfort and reduced energy costs. It will sustain healthier living conditions and well-being for occupants in summer and winter, reduce noise throughout the house and contribute to reducing peak loads on power requirements in extreme weather conditions.

“ICANZ and its industry partners look forward to working with the NSW Government and providing it with the confidence that correctly and safely installed insulation will provide many benefits for consumers, as well as helping the government meet its energy efficiency targets,” he said.

For further information contact:

ICANZ        Dennis D’Arcy            dennisd@icanz.org.au

AWCI         Tanya Chudasko        TanyaC@awci.org.au

CEC            Louise Munday          LMunday@cleanenergycouncil.org.au

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