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Online since 5.11.2015 • Filed under Advertorial • From Issue 16 page(s) 149
Leading the industry

Most practitioners of the built environment will probably be unaware that members of the former insulation industry association, TIASA (the Thermal Insulation Association of South Africa), are no longer part of umbrella association, the AAAMSA group.

‘In November 2014, a majority vote from the members of TIASA to become independent from the AAAMSA Group led to the establishment of a new legal entity, Thermal Insulation Products and Systems Association SA (TIPSASA), in August 2015,’ explains association chairperson, Des Schnetler. The TIPSASA board members are: Lisa Reynolds (Saint-Gobain), Alf Peyper (Insulation Convertors and Distributors), Lammie de Beer  Technopol SA), Grant Richardson (Granric Insulation), and Gary Sweeney (Spunchem International). Corporate members of TIPSASA include: Africa Thermal Insulation; Afripack Coatings – Sisalation; Bhamuza; Brits Nonwoven – Isotherm; Datlink Insulation – ThermocousTex; Eco-Insulation; Granric Insulation; Isofoam SA – Isoboard; Isover Saint Gobain; Kingspan Insulation; Kingspan Insulated Panels; Platinum Fibre; Spunchem – Spunsulation; Technopol SA and Thermguard.

According to the new association’s website, TIPSASA is focused on the thermal insulation industry with particular emphasis on energy-efficient products and systems. As a non-profit company it continues to serve its members, professionals and consumers. TIPSASA consists of manufacturers, suppliers, contractors and consultants in the South African thermal insulation industry. The association was formed to assist with the promotion, selection,

specification and installation of thermal insulation products and systems, and to combat the use of cheap, sub-standard, unsafe products and practices. The Association is an industry initiative with the following principle objectives:

• To promote the use of thermal insulation

• To comply with the South African National Building Regulations

• To cooperate with all entities that have congruent objectives, notably the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)

• To disseminate information to consumers and Professionals

• To promote socially-responsible behaviour through its Code of Ethics.

TIPSASA stresses that it is not a consumer body and does not provide a forum for consumer complaints. However, justified complaints from any stakeholder concerning members’ or non-members’ products or services are welcome.


Launched in 1998, one of the former TIASA’s goals was to increase the use of thermal insulation in South Africa, and one of its first projects was to republish the INSULATION HANDBOOK as sanctioned by TIASA. In 1999, TIASA was incorporated under the umbrella of the AAAMSA, which became its official administrator. The adoption of the energy-efficiency regulations in September 2011 made the installation of thermal insulation material mandatory in certain building occupancy classifications. With South Africa experiencing critical energy constraints, the association believes it is essential for individuals or companies to take action to save electricity and achieve a more energy-efficient South Africa. This is in line with its mission: ‘The building envelope plays a critical role as it forms the barrier between a building’s interior and exterior environments. A well-insulated and/or well-designed building will provide year-round comfort, cutting cooling and heating costs and reducing greenhouse emissions.’


Des Schnetler (Chairperson)

T +27 12 663 5200 / 0861 000 334



Issue 16

Issue 16

November 2015

This article was featured on page 149 of
To Build Magazine Issue 16.

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