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This blog documents my experience of buying a property with Cavity wall insulation (CWI) in situ and finding damp problems in the wall. The installer and systems designer have ceased trading so the main point of contact for resolving this issue has been CIGA who covered the installation with a 25 year guarantee.  This blog provides evidence based documentation on the failings of insulation industry and in particular the redress system for cavity wall insulation due to the alarming lack of government oversight.
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PAS2035 Concerns regarding reduction of the inherent technical risk scores (Part 1)

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The hope of Trustmark was that the problems with CWI would go away with the introduction of PAS2030/35 as a result of the Each Home counts review. One of the key strap lines being 'no insulation without ventilation; Trutmark would fulfil the  'quality mark' of government endorsed quality and home owners  can relax - there will be strict oversight for once.
The retrofit co-ordinator role was seen as key to bring about a whole house assessment and make impartial recommendations in the best interest of the home owner and it was assumed to be an independent role similar to a building control inspector.

Unfortunately, independence is seldom enforced and is not an absolute requirement. CIGA are gearing up to provide their own in-house retrofit co-ordinator to their members. Not only that but said retrofit co-ordinator can 'reduce the inherent technical risk score' of Cavity wall insulation under PAS2035 simply because Trustmark recognise CIGA as an 'industry quality …

The IAA - CIGA2

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On April the 1st 2020 a press release, which could easily be dismissed as a joke, announced that Nigel Donogue, CEO of CIGA was launching a new end to end Installation organisation with the strap line 'Right first time'.

What made some people think it was a prank was that the only content of subance on the launch web site was a list of CIGA's 'remedition contractors' (see appendix) - companies paid to fix problems with retrofit. Very 'Right first time'!

However it turns out to be a real thing and very concerning as this is clearly a restructuring of CIGA to capitalise on an expected retofit boost following adoption of the PAS standards and Trustmark 'quality mark' all of which were a fallout from the Each Home Count review.
 It also appears to be an attempt to shake of the toxic brand of CIGA which again was brought up in parliament on May 2020 

In case there was any doubt of IAA being a rebrand.  Companies House as of 4 Jun 2020 shows that IAA is C…