In order to view the background and origin of TIPSASA it is important to be aware of its predecessor TAICASA and TIASA where much of its ‘roots’ came from.

‘TAICASA’ (the Thermal and Acoustic Insulation Contractors Association of South Africa) was formed in 1977 between six of the major insulation contractors at that time in South Africa up until 1993.

The year 1998 saw the formation of a new association which became known as the Thermal Insulation Association of South Africa (‘Acoustic’ no longer featured in the title.)

The official launch was on the 17th September 1998 at ESKOM – Megawatt Park. Members now included insulation material suppliers as well as coating manufacturers and insulation contractors.

TIASA contracted with Eskom Consulting Services and the Capacity Building Group to develop a strategic Business Plan for the Association. One of the missions of TIASA was to increase the usage of thermal insulation in South Africa. The Board also agreed to update the TAICASA Insulation Handbook and used it as the first publication sanctioned by TIASA.

In 1999 TIASA was incorporated under the umbrella of the body known as AAAMSA (The Association of Architectural Aluminium Manufacturers of South Africa), which became the official administrator of TIASA.

In November 2014 a majority vote from the members of the Thermal Insulation Association of Southern Africa (TIASA) to become independent from the AAAMSA Group (The Association of Architectural Aluminium Manufacturers of South Africa) led to the establishment of a new legal entity Thermal Insulation Products and Systems Association SA (TIPSASA) in March 2015.

TIPSASA focuses on the Thermal Insulation Industry with particular emphasis on energy efficient products and systems. As a non-profit company it continue to serve its members, professionals and consumers.

In November 2015 TIPSASA announced its formal affiliation with the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC). The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC) is one of 82 chapters of the American Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). The SAEEC supports the AEE’s mission to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development. The SAEEC is committed to increase energy efficiency awareness in its region by encompassing the dynamic fields of energy engineering and energy management, renewable and alternative energy, power generation, energy services, sustainability, and all related areas.

The affiliation with SAEEC is in line with TIPSASA’s vision of answering the broader energy-efficiency and conservation needs for South Africa.