The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is the latest organisation to join the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC) and add its voice to shape the direction of the leading membership organisation in the home renovation sector.

Eddie Tuttle, CIOB Principal Policy and Public Affairs Manager, will sit on the steering group of the NHIC which for more than 40 years has maintained a close liaison with Government, local authorities, housing associations, private householders and landlords as well as other trade bodies, product manufacturers and service providers.

As the UK suffers the legacy of Europe’s oldest and least thermally efficient housing stock, the NHIC provides an important source of impartial advice and information on all manner of home improvements and how to ensure they are made safely, with improving living standards as the key objective.

CIOB will work closely alongside companies such as British Gas and LABC, trade associations such as the NFRC, and accreditation providers such as NAPIT for building services.

With climate change and energy prices at the forefront of many people’s minds, CIOB is bringing its own influence and links to the construction management profession and will play a key part in NHIC’s retrofit and refurbishment engagement strategies.

Eddie said: “In managing the CIOB’s public affairs output, and working to our Royal Charter commitment to act in the public interest, I look forward to bringing that experience to the NHIC and contributing to its consumer focus. CIOB is influencing the big debates happening in government by promoting the value and importance of construction as a whole and we can bring that expertise to the home improvement sector.”

Anna Scothern, Executive Director at the NHIC, said “CIOB is just one part of an expanding NHIC membership which brings together all aspects of the home improvement industry. As well as providing members with knowledge sharing and business development opportunities, the NHIC celebrates innovation and provides consumers with impartial advice to help them improve the quality, energy efficiency and living standards within their home.”

As well as sitting on the Leaders Council and interacting with decision makers to get the best results for consumers, CIOB also supports NHIC initiatives such as the annual awards, which highlight and reward construction excellence.