Are you a Mambi — or do you know one?

A Middle Aged Man in a suit installing insulation
A Mambi installing insulation in his loft (Image credit: Getty)

It turns out middle-aged men have a new obsession — and this time it doesn't involve Lycra and saddle rash.

The age of the newly coined 'Middle-Aged Men Buying Insulation (Mambi)' is upon us, a time where husbands, brothers, friends and other close relations are completely consumed by the size of their PIR board, draught proofing and the COP of their heat pump — for the uninitiated, this is a heat pump's measure of efficiency. 

Amy Willis
Web Editor

Amy spent over a decade in London editing and writing for The Daily Telegraph, MailOnline, and before moving to East Anglia where she began renovating a period property in rural Suffolk. During this time she also did some TV work at ITV Anglia and CBS as well as freelancing for Yahoo, AOL, ESPN and The Mirror. When the pandemic hit she switched to full-time building work on her renovation and spent nearly two years focusing solely on that. She's taken a hands-on DIY approach to the project, knocking down walls, restoring oak beams and laying slabs with the help of family members to save costs. She has largely focused on using natural materials, such as limestone, oak and sisal carpet, to put character back into the property that was largely removed during the eighties. The project has extended into the garden too, with the cottage's exterior completely re-landscaped with a digger and a new driveway added. She has dealt with de-listing a property as well as handling land disputes and conveyancing administration.