Official website: https://ciga.co.uk/
The Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency provides independent 25 year guarantees for Cavity Wall Insulation fitted by registered installers in the UK and Channel islands. The Government regards cavity wall insulation as the most effective energy savings measure that most people can carry out on their homes and a major contributor to reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas.
The Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency was established in consultation with the Government’s Energy, Environment and Waste Directorate (a division of DETR) to provide householders with an independent, uniform and dependable guarantee covering defects in materials and workmanship. Independent research carried out for the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) has confirmed that cavity wall insulation is a very reliable process. Problems are therefore extremely rare, but if they do occur, CIGA has the expertise to ensure that they are swiftly rectified.
Official website: https://ciga.co.uk/
Official website: http://www.bbacerts.co.uk/
The BBA is the UK’s major authority offering approval and certification services to manufacturers and installers supplying the construction industry. BBA Approval is recognized by building control, government departments, architects, local authorities, specifies, and industry insurers like the NHBC.
The BBA’s work benefits many sectors of our industry, from the manufacturers who obtain Agreement Certificates for their products, through to distributors, installers, contractors, architects and engineers, building control and ultimately the consumers who occupy buildings or use the roads incorporating products or systems approved by us under the HAPAS procedure
The best product can be ruined by a poor installation and the BBA is active in a number of schemes for installers. These run from our BBA Approved Installer Scheme for injected Cavity Wall Insulation to schemes run by Agreement Certificate-holding manufacturers, where BBA inspectors vet the installers to the manufacturers’ criteria.
For over 40 years manufacturers have been using Agreement Certificates to underpin the fitness for purpose of their products to help them win and secure specifications and sales. Agreement Certificates are recognized throughout the UK by architects, engineers and building control personnel and complement manufacturers’ own technical data with the BBA’s impartial and unbiased information on the performance of the product.
Architects, Engineers and Designers:
Design professionals have been finding the unbiased performance information in Agreement Certificates of great value in their work for over 40 years and both professions are represented on both the BBA’s Technical Advisory Committee and Governing Board. Selecting BBA approved payment Certificates as manufacturers are subject to surveillance and Certificate Review to ensure the approved specification is always being met by the manufacturer.
The BBA’s role is to protect the ultimate consumer (e.g. the householder, the highway user or those occupying buildings) by providing reassurance to users, designers, insurers and regulators. We do this by issuing Agreement Certificates to manufacturers of construction products and systems and assessing the competency of the installers of many of these.
Why choose the BBA?
Gaining third party product approval from a recognized UKAS accredited certification body like the BBA is a vital ingredient for construction product manufacturers to gain acceptance with specifies, building control, local authorities and industry insurers. The BBA specialises in the approval of construction products and is renowned for the robustness of its schemes which ensure products and systems are ‘fit for purpose.’ Selecting a BBA approved product is a sure-fire way of avoiding problems at each key stage in the building process as the detail on product performance provided in an Agreement Certificate will answer most queries.
Specifies can be reassured that by selecting a BBA approved product it will meet the criteria set out in its Agreement Certificate because the BBA follows a strict program of surveillance and Certificate Review to ensure the approved specification is always being met by the manufacturer.
Official website: https://www.nia-uk.org/
The NIA represents the insulation industry in the UK and our members include manufacturers and installers of a number of insulation solutions for your home or business. Both the NIA and its members are fully committed to maintaining and raising standards within the insulation industry, ensuring that ‘Peace of Mind’ comes at standard for our customers.
The NIA has a Code of Professional Practice that members agree to follow to ensure that the public receive the highest possible level of customer service. The Code covers the following areas: Marketing, Customer Contract/Agreement, Technical training, Assessment and Installation, Customer Care/Complaints, Guarantees, Health & Safety.
Official website: http://www.swiga.co.uk/
SWIGA has been established to provide householders and landlords with an independent, uniform and dependable guarantee covering professionally installed External, Internal or Hybrid (where both are used on the same property) solid wall insulation solutions.
The SWIGA Quality Assurance Framework and Guarantee for solid wall insulation provides additional peace of mind and access to technical expertise in the event of any defect arising in the design, workmanship or materials and is aligned to the Green Deal & Energy Company Obligation (ECO) requirements for a 25 Year guarantee.
Official website: http://www.trustmark.org.uk/
Trust-Mark is a not for profit organization, licensed by Government and supported by consumer protection groups.
Trust-mark is a quality mark which operates a framework under which 30 plus scheme operators work in the RMI (repair, maintenance and improvement) sector, including trade associations, local government trading standards teams, and independent scheme operators. These schemes are approved to carry the Trust-mark logo and recruit reputable and trustworthy tradesmen. This enables the Trust-mark scheme operators to promote improved RMI sector standards, and tackle related issues such as better enforcement. All of these scheme operators are audited annually by Trust-mark, to ensure processes, standards and complaint procedures are being maintained.
What makes selecting Trust-mark tradesmen so worthwhile?
• A firm’s technical skills have been independently checked through regular on-site inspections, as well as checks on their trading record and financial status;
• Firms have signed up to a code of practice that includes insurance, good health and safety practices and customer care;
• The approved scheme operator has checked and will continue to monitor the firm.
Official website: http://gdorb.decc.gov.uk/
The Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body (GD ORB), on behalf of the Secretary of State, manages the authorization scheme for participants in the Green Deal and is responsible for a number of functions aimed at providing effective administration and oversight of the scheme.
The GD ORB is responsible for maintaining a register of all authorized Green Deal Providers, Certification Bodies, Assessors and Installers; maintaining the Green Deal Code of Practice and controlling the use of the Quality Mark; ongoing monitoring of Green Deal Participants against the Code of Practice; producing an annual Green Deal report; and gathering evidence of non compliance and referring participants to the Ombudsman or the Secretary of State where appropriate and imposing sanctions when directed.