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Building Insulation Installers install and apply insulating material, such as foam, granules, foil, solar film, batts and blankets, to walls, floors, windows and ceilings of buildings to insulate against heat, cold, air, sound and moisture.


  • examines plans, specifications and work sites to determine the type and quality of installations required and their location
  • prepares site for insulation and the installation of fittings by nailing up furring, drilling holes for screws and bolts, and erecting scaffolding and ladders
  • glues blocks and slabs of foamed plastic and cork to walls
  • operates equipment to blow and spray mineral wool, fibre fill and foam insulation material into cavities
  • cuts insulation material to size and shape, as well as nailing or stapling batt-type insulation to joists, studs and furring
  • measures, cuts and applies solar control film to windows
  • fits awnings, security screens, shower screens, prefabricated windows and doors, exterior cladding and other home improvements using hand tools
  • drills holes in wood, brick, stone and fibrous structures; fitting bolts, screws and nails into place
  • attaches and adjusts mechanical fittings such as cranks, locks and pull-cords
  • installs flashing and waterproofing to fittings, such as shower screens and prefabricated windows and doors.


  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

To become a Building Insulation Installer

  • You can work as a Building Insulation Installer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A Vocational Education and Training (VET) course with insulation installation modules might be helpful. Some Building Insulation Installers have gained skills in related fields such as building, carpentry or joinery.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Insulation

  • Insulation Installation

  • Painting

  • Communication Skills

  • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

  • Computer Literacy

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