RICS releases consumer guide on spray foam insulation


The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched a new guide to update consumers on the implications of the use of spray foam as a method of insulating residential properties.

RICS said that spray foam, which has been widely used for several decades, “can all too often be marketed as an easy and simplistic fix, when in fact the installation of spray foam should really be seen as a significant and fundamental alteration to a home which needs careful consideration and planning”.

Their guidance therefore aims to educate the public on the pros and cons of spray foam installation and covers topics such as what effects spray foam might have on a property’s roof structure, thermal performance, and value – do’s and don’ts when installing insulation to a home, and how RICS-accredited members may help assess a property.

The guide has been produced to inform the public about spray foam insulation after several high-profile Trading Standards cases recently reported in the media highlighted poor standards of work, illegal modifications to listed buildings, and high-pressure selling to vulnerable groups, such as the elderly.

Moreover, there has been concern within specific sectors of the lending market, such as equity release mortgages, which is now having a wider impact on lenders.

“We are pleased to present this free consumer guide on spray foam insulation to the public,” said Sam Piplica, Senior Specialist in Building Standards at RICS, continuing:

“RICS’ remit is to serve the public, therefore the guide’s main focus is to educate and raise public awareness of potential issues surrounding spray foam so that people can make informed decisions based on research and due diligence.

RICS is also part of an industry working group on this issue to help not only our members but the wider industry improve their products and services.”

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