When asked he question, "what is your view on the debate that ‘green’ buildings or ‘green’ technologies currently cost too much to implement?", Richard Ellis, the Eco-Insulation GM responded:
"The industry needs to provide more cost-effective solutions, or argue their case better. In our case, Eco-Insulation is definitely the more cost-effective solution. As far as housing projects are concerned, our promise is energy efficient, on time and on budget. We save the project manager and ultimately the property owner money."
He went on to say that retrofitting of energy efficiency measures is currently driven by the occupants / tenants / users of the building, since they are the most immediately affected by energy cost increases.
Asked about the challenges that energy efficiency retrofitters must overcome in the SA building market, Richard also commented: "The insulation industry is challenged by the entry of unaccredited low cost low delivery new installers. Our industry association, TIASA, strives to make a difference but at present new operators are not obliged to join. In the case of insulation, there is also the ever-present (electrical) downlighter fire hazard above the ceiling. Eco-Insulation has produced some innovative ways of minimising this risk, but some surprisingly well established conventional insulation products still carry heavy risk if downlighters are not treated correctly."
Eco-Insulation is clearly the wise choice. It contains South African Bureau of Standards Approval under the relevant building code; it has passed the requirements of fire testing and been rated as B/B1/2 "No Spread of Flame". It has been awarded with a Southern African Energy Efficiency Association Excellence Award. Why take chances with suppliers of lesser credentials?