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Building Insulation Products Market Report - UK 2015-2019 Analysis

  • October 2015
  • 73 pages
  • AMA Research
Report ID: 3516828


Table of Contents

AMA Research have published the 6th edition of the 'Building Insulation Products Market Report – UK 2015-2019 Analysis'. This edition has been fully updated to cover the latest information on government energy efficiency policy, and includes many charts and tables with in-depth quantitative analysis in relation to specific key applications i.e. lofts, cavity walls, solid walls and flat roofs.

Key issues covered:

Forecasts of market developments – assessment of Green Deal and ECO, quantification of market potential to 2019.

Detailed assessment of recent market trends – i.e. demand generated by Green Deal and ECO, the recovering housebuilding market.

Market overview - details of market size, factors influencing the market and key players.

Analysis by product group - product mix and influences in the main insulation product sectors.

End use sector review - details of key applications and end-use sectors for building insulation.

Key areas of insight include:

Assessment of market potential by application and impact of The Green Deal & Energy Companies Obligation on insulation products market.

Detailed reviews of key markets in 2014 e.g. lofts, cavity walls, solid walls and flat roofs. Evaluation of impact of Green Deal & ECO compared to previous government programmes.

Changing mix of the different material types of insulation products.

Review of key suppliers, distributors and installers.

Some of the companies included:

A & M Energy Solutions, Armacell UK, Carillion Energy Services, CCF, Cellecta, Domestic & General Insulation, Dow Building Solutions, Dyson Energy Services, Encon Insulation, Enerwarm, Excel Industries, FGF, Hodgson & Hodgson, Instafoam and Fibre, Instagroup, Jablite, Kay-Metzeler, Kingspan Group, Knauf Insulation, Mark Group, Minster Insulation, Novostrat, Pittsburgh Corning UK, Promat UK, Recticel Insulation Products, Rockwool UK, Saint Gobain, SIG , Superglass Insulation, Thermabead, Thermal Economics, URSA UK, Vita Cellular Foams (VCF), Xtratherm UK.

Key areas covered in the report include:
Overall market size & trends in 2014 – analysis of impact of Green Deal & ECO; assessment of recent trends in energy prices & other market drivers e.g. changes to Building Regulations Part L.

Overall market forecasts to 2019 – assessment of probable impacts of the end of the Green Deal and long-term uncertainty regarding the Energy Companies Obligation plus any likely future energy issues for users.


By material by value – i.e. glass wool, stone wool, urethane, polystyrene, phenolic foam etc.

Overview of key materials – identification of key trends and supplier shares.


Lofts: profile of homes with lofts in GB; trends in retrofit by area installed, Green Deal & ECO measures & material mix; housebuilding market 2009-2014; retrofit market potential.

Cavity walls: profile of homes with cavity walls; trends in retrofit sector by area installed, Green Deal & ECO measures & material mix; housebuilding market 2009-2014; retrofit market potential.

Solid walls: profile of homes with solid walls; trends in retrofit sector by area installed, Green Deal & ECO measures; retrofit market potential.

Flat roofs: profile of buildings with flat roofs, mixes by end-use & materials, market potential.

Other including ground floors, intermediate floor, metal cladding – market overviews.


General mix between domestic retrofit, housebuilding and non-domestic sectors.

Review of domestic retrofit: profile of housing stock; analysis of recent trends i.e. Green Deal & ECO market mix by application; market potential for lofts, cavity & solid wall insulation.

Review of housebuilding profile of housebuilding stock; recent trends; market mixes.

Review of non-domestic - recent trends and assessment of potential demand for retrofit insulation in existing commercial premises.


Supplier review – market shares & trends, company profiles.

Distributor review – channel shares, company profiles.

Contractor review – market shares, company profiles.

The UK market for building insulation has recovered somewhat in 2014 as housebuilding levels have continued to rise and initiative such as the Green Deal and ECO has gained some momentum. This followed a significant downturn in 2013 due to a fall in government-subsidised retrofitted installation activity, which saw the total market value fall by around 7%. Although there has been growth in demand for insulation products from increasing levels of new housebuilding and in non-domestic building, the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) have so far only generated a fraction of the levels of domestic installation activity of previous government initiatives such as CERT and CESP, which ended in 2012.

Other key market influences include Building Regulations and energy prices. The Building Regulations Part L 2013 were updated with an aim of reducing carbon emissions by a further 6% on top of the 2010 standard for new domestic buildings, and by 9% for new non-domestic buildings. Although crude oil and gas prices have fallen recently, over the longer-term energy prices are forecast to rise, which is likely to result in higher end-product prices for insulation products.

PUR / PIR products now have the largest market share of insulation products, accounting for ~40% by value in 2014. By end-user, despite the dramatic fall in demand under the Green Deal and ECO, the most important market remains domestic retrofit, which accounts for ~40% by area installed and the key areas of demand by application have been cavity walls and lofts. The non-domestic market is also significant and mainly consists of insulation for flat roofs and site-built metal cladding and roofing systems. The share for new housebuilding is higher than in recent years due to steadily rising numbers of housing completions.

The key supply route for insulation products are the specialist (interiors) distributors. Builders’ merchants account for approximately 15% of the market, the remainder being split between direct sales to installers, direct sales to external wall insulation systems companies, converters and DIY stores. The installation market is polarised between a small number of national companies and many regional and local independent firms. The leading contractors typically provide other energy efficiency services as well as insulation work.

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