Batts maker gears up for insulation boom

Fletcher Insulation says the training program could help hundreds of existing and new insulation installers to meet government accreditation requirements for participation in the scheme.Fletcher Insulation general manager David Isaacs said the federal package would help more than 2.9 million households dramatically cut their energy bills.“The other important benefit is economic,” he said. “This economic stimulus initiative is generating thousands of new jobs, many of whom are tradespeople, such as carpenters, electricians and plumbers. “It will help them survive the economic downturn by providing them with a fresh outlet for their skills.”Fletcher Insulation has also spent $9 million on plant and call centre upgrades and hired 50 new staff to cope with increased demand for ceiling insulation.Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Government Service Delivery Mark Arbib said more than 20,000 Australian homeowners had already taken up the offer to install ceiling insulation through the package. Eligible home owners can have ceiling insulation installed worth up to $1600, with up to $1000 available to landlords or tenants.Formal accreditation and training requirements for installer registration are being finalised and are expected to be announced soon.

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