(Recorded prior to Think Act Regenerate podcast name change in 2023)
In this episode, host Leigh Baker talks with Stephen King from the Australian Insulation Foundation about why insulation is a surprisingly powerful emissions solution.
So what’s insulation got to do with climate? It’s a significant, evidence-based climate solution. Insulation was ranked as #16 in the original Drawdown top 80, and it is still highly ranked in their latest findings. It’s thought that it could contribute anything up to 40 to 60% in reducing global energy consumption.
It’s a solution that’s being delivered with a unique, community-building, climate positive twist in Western Australia. It’s a multi-benefit solution that improves people’s health and wellbeing while it saves them money on energy bills, And the Australian Insulation Foundation has come up with a powerful piece of creative entrepreneurial thinking to deliver that solution to the people who need it most.
We started by talking about how the Australian Insulation Foundation began with a middle of the night idea to help a social housing tenant.
From there, we moved on to the more general benefits of insulation, and its importance for health as well as thermal comfort. Stephen gave some good advice on how to evaluate your own insulation and do it safely. And then he shared a really can-do vision for the community of Geraldton.
Stephen told us about how the Australian Insulation Foundation actually operates, the jobs it’s creating, and about a leverage point that could multiply the impact of what he does. That secret weapon also has potential to take his model national and to grow the business of other insulation installers.
Australian Insulation Foundation: aifwa.org.au
Project Drawdown’s Insulation findings: drawdown.org/solutions/insulation
Australian Government’s Your Home resources: yourhome.gov.au
CREDITS Original music and audio editing by Ian Hopkinson, Human Hacker and serial digital entrepreneur.
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