Installer Insights: How to identify properties with the greatest potential for insulation

Grace Martin, Head of Marketing, Advanced Infrastructure

The beginning of 2024 saw Britain shivering through the coldest January night in five years, with temperatures in some parts of the UK plummeting to below -10C. For many households the drop in temperature will encourage them to consider how they can keep their homes warm throughout the winter months.

With rising fuel bills and a cost of living crisis, improving the energy efficiency of homes with low cost solutions has become more pressing than ever before.

For insulation installers seeking a strategic edge in identifying properties suitable for insulation, the use of 'Insulation Potential Data' can greatly support in pinpointing and shortlisting potential properties for retrofit.

The Challenge

Evaluating the suitability of properties for insulation installation on a case-by-case basis often begins with Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings. However, without comprehensive aggregated data at the city or regional level, identifying the most suitable properties for insulation retrofits becomes a complex task.

Insulation Potential Data by Advanced Infrastructure addresses this challenge by offering insights into retrofit opportunities. By assessing a building's current insulation levels based on geometry, building fabric, and EPC rating, this dataset becomes a valuable tool in the installer's arsenal.

Identifying Opportunities

Properties with low energy efficiency ratings, combined with a suitability for insulation upgrades, can be shortlisted using this data. This information proves invaluable for informing decarbonisation plans and implementing energy efficiency upgrades strategically.

Insulation Potential datasets, available either as standalone data or visualised in the LAEP+ platform (as pictured below), offer detailed property insights, including EPC ratings, existing insulation in various building components, and unique property reference numbers.

Optimising Efficiency and Sustainability

Accurate data on insulation potential also plays a crucial role in calculating the precise amount of insulation material required for each project. This not only minimises waste but also reduces material costs, contributing to a more sustainable and cost-effective insulation process.

Advanced Infrastructure's granular datasets and APIs are empowering low carbon technology (LCT) providers, including insulation, heat pump, and solar PV installers, to accelerate the deployment of LCTs and enhance the energy efficiency of homes in towns and cities across the UK.

In Summary

Insulation potential stands as a key dataset in Advanced Infrastructure's GIS toolkit, offering a powerful resource for insulation installers. Whether utilised in conjunction with the cloud-based net zero planning platform, LAEP+, or as a standalone dataset available through API or exportable file formats, this data-driven approach is revolutionising the retrofitting landscape. As we navigate the challenges of a colder climate and strive for sustainability, leveraging insulation potential data proves instrumental in creating warmer, more energy-efficient homes.

To learn more about our granular datasets or to request a sample of our data, please get in touch using the contact form in this link.

Published on :
January 19, 2024
Grace Martin, Head of Marketing, Advanced Infrastructure

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