British Gas has agreed a £4 million deal to expand its insulation business by acquiring ECL Contracts, a specialist external-wall insulation company.
The utilities provider believes the deal takes it another step closer to fulfilling its ambition to build the country’s leading insulation business and to help its customers cut their energy usage, carbon emissions and fuel bills.
British Gas said the acquisition would help it diversify its product range beyond loft and cavity-wall insulation and into solid-wall insulation. There are around 9 million homes in the UK of solid wall construction, and demand for home insulation is forecast to rise significantly over the next five years.
At present, £1 in every £4 spent on domestic energy is wasted because of poor insulation. Subsequently, spending on home insulation is predicted to rise from around £0.6bn a year in 2010 to £1.4bn in 2015. Government programmes such as the Green Deal are also expected to make energy efficiency more attractive to British households.
British Gas New Energy managing director Jon Kimber said: “The insulation market is growing, and insulating homes is the cheapest way to reduce energy bills. ECL Contracts Ltd, like British Gas, has a real passion for great customer service, and we are delighted to have secured the skills of such a great team.”