Garret is being raked over the coals over the 4 deaths related to bad insulation installs.
Now of course Peter cannot be held responsible for bad workmanship, but I feel that he (or at least the Government) is responsible for the lack of regulation in the whole process.
The thing that stood out most for me was the sheer number of door knocks, phone calls and letter box pamhlets promoting "free" insulation.
Not a racist comment, but most of my door knockers were young Indian girls with clipboards in hand hoping for a sign up.
Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that taking up the insulation offer disqualifies you from the solar program.... ?
Being a renter, I didn't really have a say in what was installed. I called the Real Estate and said they should ask the owner to take up the offer for my comfort - it wouldn't cost the owner anything. So that's how I got mine.
Mind you, my contact at the Real Estate Agent was not there any more - he left to start a business installing home insulation - go figure.
The guy that came to do ours was, until very recently, a marketing manager. The crap he put into our roof was about 6mm thick and came on a big roll with Chinese writing all over it. When quizzed on the quality, he pointed to a stamped ASA logo saying that it complies with the Government regs.
My installer had 3 young guys with him and had the job done in 40 minutes. Now it doesn't take a guru to know that the quicker you can do the job and the least you pay on the material - then the greater your profit.
When I look into the ceiling, I can see that 80% is covered and just shake my head at the poor workmanship.
2 weeks later I get a letter in the mail from the Government acknowledging that the installation was done and if I had any issues to take it up with consumer affairs. Maybe if I wasn't renting then I may have just done that.
Not sure about other's experiences, but to me it seemed that the whole thing was a rort.
Sort of like the carbon credits issued to the CFC light bulbs and shower heads companies that sprang up all over the place. I have enough shower heads for my entire street and enough CFC light globes to last 3 lifetimes!