Evidence shows cost benefits of higher insulation standards in Australia

News posted on 19.10.2016 on Insulation

Climatecontrolnews.com.au has reported (19/10/2016) on research showing that millions could be saved if home insulation standards were raised.

A new report on the energy efficiency of homes in Australia shows that the current standards for insulation under Australia's building regulations are not cost effective.

If insulation levels were raised across all of Australian capital cities, residents could save $312 million over 30 years.

The research carried out by Pitt&Sherry in partnership with the Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries (AWCI), the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP) and Knauf Insulation, showed that the benefits of higher standards far outweigh the upfront cost.

Research showed that on average, walls required a 35% increase in insulation and ceiling insulation needed a 50% increase. Number one priority in existing homes is to improve ceiling insulation as up to 30 per cent of heat is typically lost through the ceiling.

Inadequate heating and cooling insulation costs individual households anywhere up to $6000 over time.

Tony Westmore, A2EP general manager, highlighted that recent data indicates that around 2.8 million homes in Australia have no insulation.   He would like people to also consider the health and sustainability impacts of improved insulation standards. 

Stuart Dunbar, Knauf Insulation managing director, said it is wonderful to see solid evidence of how cost effective insulation is for homes in Australia.