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NHF exhibition visitors offered chance to grab a free copy of Matilda’s Planet retrofit insulation guide

Matilda’s Planet will be presenting asset managers with a practical guide for tacking retrofit during the NHF’s conference and exhibition this week.

‘IWI for the Asset Manager’ has been produced to help to address some of the misconceptions around projects to insulate walls, particularly through the use of Internal Wall Insulation (IWI).

The guide is the IWI specialist’s first publication, and it fits in alongside Matilda’s Planet’s role as a founding member of The Retrofit Academy, a community interest company offering training to housing professionals with a remit for energy efficiency retrofit.

The publication features a foreword from Professor David Strong, former managing director at BRE Environment.

He said: “This excellent guide provides a comprehensive summary of the risks associated with Internal Wall Insulation and how they can be mitigated. It is an invaluable source of information for asset management teams considering how to approach retrofit projects.”

Dr Peter Rickaby, director at energy and sustainability consultants Rickaby Thompson Associates, said: “Energy efficient retrofit of existing social housing involves technical risks, especially where internal wall insulation (IWI) is installed.

“Asset managers have rightly been wary of those risks, but we cannot duck our collective responsibility to rise to the challenge of climate change and dramatically improve the energy efficiency of our housing. IWI has a part to play in that process, and this guide removes the excuse for inaction.”

Sean McLaughlin, managing director of Matilda’s Planet, said: "We hope that the Matilda Guide to IWI will give asset managers fresh confidence in their decision making for large scale retrofit projects. Only through identifying the right solutions and techniques for each property can landlords deliver lasting results that improve the lives of thousands of customers nationwide.

“Thankfully there is already a commitment within social housing to upgrade the existing housing stock and deliver greater energy efficiency. It's vital that everyone plays their part in getting this huge undertaking right. There is no risk-free energy efficiency project, but risks are there to be managed rather than creating a barrier to action.

“We firmly believe that everyone has a part to play in doing the right thing; that’s why we will continue to be proactive in addressing the wider problems faced on retrofit projects. I am sure that top down measures resulting from the forthcoming Bonfield review will make a valuable contribution in due course, but the whole supply chain needs to adopt a more collaborative, bottom-up approach – now.” 


The guide is priced at £9.99, but those attending the National Housing Federation’s annual conference in Birmingham from September 21st - 23rd can register for a free copy at stand 268.

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