Typical roles for insulation operatives include:
- Building assessor – assess the building for suitability for the insulation measure
- Boarders – prepare the wall and fit external wall insulation
- Renderers – apply surface finish to external wall insulation boards
- Cavity wall technicians – drill and inject cavity wall insulation
- Loft insulation fitters – fit insulation to warm roofs
- Room-in-roof installers – insulate room-in-roof constructions
- Flat roof installers – install insulation to flat roofs
- Internal wall insulation – prepare and install insulation to internal walls
In addition to the above, general construction skills may also be required to carry out enabling work, such as rectifying building defects. Where the installer is also responsible for the design of an installation a specialist designer may be required.
In practice, some of these roles may be delivered on a sub-contract or self-employed basis, although the business remains responsible for ensuring that the necessary qualifications and standards are met.
Career path to become an insulation installer
What skills and qualifications will you need to become an insulation installer?
An installer skills matrix for Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs) has been developed for Scotland in support of the British Standards Institution (BSI) Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 2030 installer retrofit standards.
Scottish Vocational Qualification (SQV) in Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction) at level 5
- Cavity wall insulation
- Cold roof insulation
- Solid floor insulation
- Underfloor insulation
SVQ Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction) level 6
- Room in a roof
- Park homes
- Hybrid wall
- Insulate framed sections of buildings
- External wall insulation finisher
- External wall insulation boarder/finisher
- Internal insulation walls
And (only if working on pre-1919 buildings):
- Level 3 Award in Energy Efficiency Measures for Older and Traditional Buildings