We are working with the Local Government
Association (LGA) to try to identify the scale and nature of
problems caused by poorly installed cavity wall insulation.
The LGA has been contacted by the British Board of Agrement
(BBA) about poorly installed cavity wall insulation installed under
"ECO" and earlier energy efficiency schemes.
Some initial work has been undertaken with councils in Wales on
a model for testing for the presence and causes of damp and the BBA
want to know whether similar problems are prevalent in England.
The LGA has asked ARCH to discover whether members have
experienced such problems, how serious they are, and if so, what
sort of help might be useful. This extends not just to
examples of insulation failure but associated problems such as
compensation claims for damp and associated health problems which
would normally fall to the installer but, for example where the
installer is no longer trading, may end up with the council.
More information on this is available from Hilary Tanner at the
who is also the contact point if member authorities have
information on this issue they wish to share.