MIMA hails Government call to raise minimum efficiency levels

Published:  02 November, 2011

MERSEYSIDE: The Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers Association (MIMA) believes the 'no PV subsidy for inefficient homes' pledge made by Greg Barker at the Solar Power UK conference will have a positive effect on improving the standards of insulation in UK buildings.

In order to qualify for the Feed in Tariff (FIT) buildings must meet minimum energy efficiency standards ­ a move that will come into effect for domestic Solar PV installations from April 2012 onwards and will be gradually rolled out to other building types.

John Sinfield, Chairman of MIMA commented: "Recommendations to ensure that the energy efficiency of a property is at least rated a C on the energy performance certificate (EPC) rating to quality for FITs make both economic and environmental sense.

"MIMA has, for some time, extolled the importance of the fabric first approach and this latest announcement wholly maintains this message. We strongly support the government's proposals to ensure that help is directed to solar PV when it is considered as part of a holistic approach to carbon reductions in buildings that prioritise energy efficiency.

"The fact that Mr Barker has again stated that the whole house approach should focus on insulation highlights the government commitment to improving the standards of insulation across buildings in the UK. As such MIMA looks forward to working with Ministers in more detail as we run up to the Green Deal."

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