The true cost of the call back
‘Insulation, when installed correctly, makes homes healthier and more comfortable to live in and help to save on energy [usage],’ Dennis says.
‘But, every time batts Iand building wraps are not installed or replaced correctly – straight and with no gaps – the property will have reduced energy efficiency, not to mention the comfort of the occupants is seriously compromised.’
The likely result could be call backs to refit and rework, all at the cost to your business in hours and materials. In addition, we all know how much that can damage a business’ reputation, resulting in less ongoing referral work.
And there is also safety to consider. The products manufactured by ICANZ members – glasswool made using spun recycled glass – are safe because they are non-combustible, will not conduct electricity, and if installed by an approved installer, are backed by extensive warranties. All important considerations for peace of mind.
However, the reality is bigger than liveability. The way we make use of buildings in Australia contributes to approximately 23 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions1.
It is reasonable to expect that measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will include increasing the required minimum energy efficiency of residential buildings over time. More attention will need to be directed to ensuring products and services are installed correctly and used effectively to achieve the optimum lifetime goals.
It will be less and less a case of ‘set and forget’, but a case of increasing focus on compliance and higher incidence of inspections likely to follow.
With all these factors in mind, ICANZ was created to ensure that through research, educational campaigns, tools and advocacy, with the ‘insulation matters’ objective, is front of mind for the Australian residential building industry.
A lofty challenge, but an important one.