Building insulation

UPDATE on this morning’s Green advertorial by Fairfax

Following on from this morning’s article:


The journalist who wrote that piece shows that she was well aware that the people in the story weren’t ‘random’ people, but indeed hand picked by the Greens to front their own policies.   Read more »

Green party feeds “news” to Fairfax who buy it hook line and sinker

Yesterday Fairfax ran a “news story” about some random couple who are upset about their home not being insulated.

Christchurch couple Sarah Campagnolo and Matthew Walker bought their Woolston home after its earthquake repairs were completed, missing a chance to make their home warmer for their 1-year-old daughter.

The “middle income” couple recently secured a loan to install a new heat pump and ceiling insulation, but could not afford to consider floor insulation yet.

“I think the investment in insulation is an investment in the people of New Zealand,” Walker said.

“It’s an investment that’s easier for the Government to make than us.”

Now is this a random couple?

Well I present you this evidence.

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Green Failures, Ctd

The unfolding record of disastrous Green policies almost defies belief.

Whenever the Green movement gets its hands on the levers of power, it drives nations deeper into trouble.

Ethanol – Fail.   Electric cars – Fail..  Carbon Trading – Fail.  Windmills – Fail.

And now home insulation – Fail.

Several German studies show that insulated homes consume more rather than less energy. These findings are especially significant because the German Federal Government plans to further tighten energy saving regulations.

Insulation does not always reduce heating energy demand in residential buildings. Its application can in fact increase the consumption of oil and gas. This is the result of a number of studies. The results raise the question whether the Federal Government’s green energy transition may fail in its objectives.

Particularly explosive is a recently rediscovered study by the IBP Institute for Building Physics  of the Fraunhofer Institute. Based on an detailed comparative analysis, scientists at the research institute in Stuttgart established in 1985 that, given average winter temperatures of minus four degrees Celsius, the use of insulating does not reduce heating energy consumption; compared to house with solid walls it rather pushes up energy consumption. 

“The expensive facade insulation is useless and even leads to rising heating costs,” says architect Konrad Fischer. The insulation critic from Hochstadt am Main has found the Fraunhofer paper again which was lost for decades.

According to the study, the fact that insulating materials do not meet the expectations placed upon them it is due to a simple physical law: massive walls can retain solar  warmth and radiate the heat into the interior spaces until late in the evening, even in winter. With insulated houses, however, this is not possible because of the thick plastic insulation covering the outer walls. As a result, “the interior is at no time supplied with heat”, the researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute already recognised 27 years ago.

Another dodgy green scheme goes tits up

The Telegraph

What is it with dodgy green schemes and wasting money? It seems that greenies like imposing a tax on stupidity that goes beyond the usual tax on stupidity for gambling or smoking.

The Coalition’s £14 billion flagship plan to insulate millions of British homes and cut bills is in jeopardy, after major energy companies halted work on the project.

Ministers hope to launch the Green Deal to householders this October, but a dozen firms wrote to Nick Clegg to say they are putting their efforts on ice.

Around 14 million households are meant to get loft and wall insulation under the Green Deal at no upfront cost, but Labour claims the project is “spiralling out of control”.

David Cameron was last month so concerned about problems with the Green Deal that he called in its critics for crisis talks at the Cabinet Office.

The letter to Mr Clegg will be a further blow to the credibility of the scheme, which has been criticised for being too complex and expensive.

In the letter, companies said they are “holding off development further” until the Government gives them £240 mllion to fund the scheme. But so far the Coalition has refused to agree when or even if this money will be paid.

The signatories, including RWE npower, E.ON, Marks & Spencer and Scottish Power, are all members of the Green Deal Finance Company, which was set up in March to “pioneer” the scheme.

Under the plans, householders will get their lofts and walls insulated by companies, then pay back the cost through their energy bills.

British Gas, one major provider, has warned of significant “challenges” in launching the Green Deal.

It says the name is “not attractive to consumers” and customers are often not interested in insulation, even when it is offered for free.