Quality Mark Scope update on behalf of the Implementation Board 16th November 2017

Each Home Counts proposes a consumer protection framework for the energy efficiency, renewable energy and home improvements sector that is voluntary for industry schemes (certification bodies and others), and voluntary for installers and other businesses.

Each Home Counts proposes a consumer protection framework for the energy efficiency, renewable energy and home improvements sector that is voluntary for industry schemes (certification bodies and others), and voluntary for installers and other businesses.

Once the criteria are agreed and published for the proposed new quality mark, it will be a scheme’s choice whether it wishes to join and whether it wishes to award that quality mark to its members.  Installers will be able to access the quality mark via an approved scheme.

In advance of publishing the detailed criteria and in response to queries from the sector, the Implementation Board can confirm:

  • The certification of products is outside the scope of Each Home Counts.
  • Participation in the quality mark is not intended to be mandatory for any business or installer, and therefore is voluntary.
  • For any part of industry participating, there will be no increased costs for the relevant manufacturers
  • The focus on the Review continues to be based upon developing and implementing a framework that avoids duplication and unnecessary bureaucracy, and works within existing legal constraints on industry and with existing schemes to build on good practice, so reducing cost for industry and consumers.

Only if an installer or business wishes to be awarded the quality mark will that business come within scope.  Ultimately, it is the market and not the Each Home Counts Implementation Board or  Government that will decide how this works in practice, and outcomes will likely be based on perceived risk associated with technology groups and the quality of available alternatives.

Each Home Counts Review Newsletter 10th November 2017

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Progress continues on implementing the Each Home Counts recommendations. Workstream leads continue to engage with industry colleagues through meetings and workshops to help further develop their implementation plans. Discussions are also continuing on the detail and practicalities of a joint MCS and TrustMark approach to deliver the proposed quality mark.

Post Implementation Board update

The Implementation Board met on Thursday 2 November to discuss the proposed joint venture between MCS and TrustMark for delivering the quality mark framework. The Implementation Board has issued a statement on the Each Home Counts website that clarifies their position and sets out a timetable for implementation. Please follow this link to see the statement.

Data Warehouse Update

The data warehouse was a key recommendation across the Each Home Counts report and has benefits identified within a number of work streams. This concept was primarily referenced within the Advice and Guidance work stream, led by Energy Saving Trust.  Since July, Susan Jones has been seconded from EST to sit within the Each Home Counts review team. Recognising how this project spans many work streams, Susan has continued to focus on the data warehouse to understand the industry requirements for and feasibility of the data warehouse, amongst other activity on behalf of the EHC board.

The following benefits were identified within the EHC report:

  • Householders – to receive better tailored advice and post installation repository information about their property
  • Installers and specifiers – to be able to use existing information to inform their design and specifications
  • Scheme managers – to understand where jobs have been carried out to assist with auditing and monitoring
  • Government – to understand the level of retrofit and opportunities for installations.

Susan has been speaking with a number of individuals from across the industry to explore what data needs to be captured on behalf of these different user groups need in order for these benefits to be realised. This will be included within a final report, submitted to the EHC board before Christmas. The report is likely to identify a number of existing data sets that could be used to meet these requirements and what connections are required between them, rather than to propose building a new database. If anyone would like to input into this work, please contact Susan directly at susanjonessustainability@gmail.com.

Skills & Training update

Sustainable Building Training Summit, 6th December 2017

The Each Home Counts Review called for industry to embed core knowledge on building performance into all relevant vocational and professional education pathways. As a key part of the industry’s response, the Construction Leadership Council is hosting a FREE conference on sustainable building for the training sector in London on 6th December.

Training providers and developers from Further Education, Higher Education and professional development are invited to this landmark event, which builds on the recently published CLC guidance. The Summit is an opportunity to receive new guidance on learning outcomes for sustainable construction and help shape the future of construction education. Keynote from Mark Farmer, with Roy Cavanagh, Lynne Sullivan and Rob Lambe, plus case studies on successfully integrating sustainability in to mainstream education from NPTC Group and Heriot Watt.

Who should attend: Heads of Construction Schools, Higher Education Management, College Leadership, Apprenticeship Providers, Industry L&D Leaders, Awarding Bodies, and Professional Bodies. To register for your FREE place visit http://bit.ly/2y2d5SN.

 

This week… Next week…

The EHC team are attending various stakeholder meetings this week and next week to provide an update on the Review reports recommendations.

Future events

Measurement, Monitoring and Verification Monday 13th November 2017
Compliance and Enforcement meeting Thursday 23rd  November 2017
Consumer Protection workshop  TBC

 

The Each Home Counts Review Team

The team is: Howard Porter, Susan Jones, Ben Golding, Pam Wynne, Alison Oliver, James Sharples and Diana Menville.

The workstreams are:

  • Quality Envelope Functions (Simon Ayers, Trustmark)
  • Code of Conduct/Consumer Protection (Liz Male, Liz Male Consulting / Peter Broad, Citizens Advice)
  • Standards (Clare Price, BSI/ Peter Rickaby, Peter Rickaby Consulting)
  • Compliance & Enforcement (Claire Curtis-Thomas, BBA)
  • Information Hub & Data Warehouse (Philip Sellwood, Laura McGadie, EST)
  • Skills & Training (Richard Bayliss, CITB)
  • Data Ethics, Privacy & Protection (Rich Hampshire, CGI)
  • Finance & Insurance (Stephen Huller, BNP Paribas Personal Finance)
  • Building Fabric & Technology (Peter Caplehorn, CPA)
  • Home Energy Technology & Renewables (Kelly Bulter, BEAMA)
  • Design and Installation (Alan Cochrane, Retrofit Design Services)
  • Measurement, Monitoring and Verification (Kerry Mashford, NEF)
  • Smart Meters (Audrey Gallacher, Energy UK)
  • Social Housing (Bevan Jones, Sustainable Homes)
  • Pilots (BEIS)

We welcome your interest in the workstreams, so please continue to send in your contributions, thoughts and comments to our website.

 

Each Home Counts Quality Mark Update from the Implementation Board 10th November 2017

The Each Home Counts Implementation Board’s view is that Government endorsed schemes (in particular, MCS and Trustmark) – working together – should deliver Quality Mark, governed by a Master Licence Agreement or equivalent. The scope of the work is to be informed by principles (the fundamental norms, rules and values that the new organisation would be expected to adopt) and minimum requirements (necessary to support the recommendations of the Each Home Counts review) specified by the Each Home Counts Implementation Board.

Timelines:

The scope of work and outline minimum specification to be completed by the EHC Implementation Board by end 2017, framework developed by the Government endorsed schemes by April 2018, ready to deliver from June 2018 and fully operational by 1 October 2018.

 

Each Home Counts Review Newsletter 13th October 2017

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Progress continues on the Each Home Counts website and the delivery approach to be taken for the proposed quality mark for Each Home Counts.

Implementation Board update

The Each Home Counts Implementation Board had their monthly meeting on Thursday 5th October. The meeting discussion focussed on the potential delivery approach for the proposed Each Home Counts quality mark.

As reported in previous newsletters, a quality mark subcommittee has been set up by the Implementation Board to review the proposed quality mark model being developed by industry and discuss how it may be established.

The group presented initial findings to the Implementation Board in September and have continued to meet since.  The subcommittee presented their findings on the quality mark delivery approach on Thursday 5th October.

At the Board meeting, members discussed several options for delivery and requested further detailed work be carried out to report back in November.

Standards update

The BSI Retrofit Standards Task Group met on Friday 6th October and approved the scopes of the proposed update to PAS 2030 and the proposed new PAS 2035 Code of Practice for Energy Retrofit of Buildings, both of which will now be remitted to the PAS Steering Groups. Members of the Task Group were nominated to the Steering Groups for the two PASs, and members were identified who will lead the work to scope several new standards and to liaise with the owners of existing standards that will be assimilated into the framework.

On Wednesday 4th October, Peter Rickaby (co-lead of the standards work-stream) visited the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) at Oxford University to discuss the GLIDER research project with Dr Marina Topouzi. GLIDER (Governance of Low Carbon Innovation for Domestic Retrofit) is a joint research project being conducted by ECI and the University of Leeds, and the findings are of potential value for the development of the retrofit standards framework for Each Home Counts. Dr Topouzi will join the BSI Retrofit Standards Task Group.

This week…. Next week…..

The EHC team are attending various stakeholder meetings this week and next week to provide an update on the Review reports recommendations.

Future events

Compliance and Enforcement meeting Monday 16th October 2017
Implementation Board meeting Thursday 2nd November 2017
HET Group meeting Monday 6th November 2017
Consumer Protection workshop TBC

 

The Each Home Counts Review Team

The team is: Howard Porter, Susan Jones, Ben Golding, Pam Wynne, Alison Oliver, James Sharples and Diana Menville.

The workstreams are:

  • Quality Envelope Functions (Simon Ayers, Trustmark)
  • Code of Conduct/Consumer Protection (Liz Male, Liz Male Consulting / Peter Broad, Citizens Advice)
  • Standards (Clare Price, BSI/ Peter Rickaby, Peter Rickaby Consulting)
  • Compliance & Enforcement (Claire Curtis-Thomas, BBA)
  • Information Hub & Data Warehouse (Philip Sellwood, Laura McGadie, EST)
  • Skills & Training (Richard Bayliss, CITB)
  • Data Ethics, Privacy & Protection (Rich Hampshire, CGI)
  • Finance & Insurance (Stephen Huller, BNP Paribas Personal Finance)
  • Building Fabric & Technology (Peter Caplehorn, CPA)
  • Home Energy Technology & Renewables (Kelly Bulter, BEAMA)
  • Design and Installation (Alan Cochrane, Retrofit Design Services)
  • Measurement, Monitoring and Verification (Kerry Mashford, NEF)
  • Smart Meters (Audrey Gallacher, Energy UK)
  • Social Housing (Bevan Jones, Sustainable Homes)
  • Pilots (BEIS)

We welcome your interest in the workstreams, so please continue to send in your contributions, thoughts and comments to our website.

 

Each Home Counts Review Newsletter 29th September

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Quality Mark update

At the Implementation Board meeting on 12th September, the Board agreed the principles for the quality mark model. The agreed principles are:

  • A two-tier framework whereby installers access quality mark via an approved scheme
  • Recognition of the importance of government endorsement
  • The scope should expand beyond energy efficiency and renewable energy to the wider domestic repairs, maintenance and improvement market to an agreed timescale.

A draft quality mark framework has been developed by the Quality Envelope workstream and has been presented at a number of recent stakeholder meetings to seek views from industry. The Board has agreed the model that was previously presented to them is a viable approach and work continues on developing the detail, including more information around consumer protection and enforcement.

Enforcement and Compliance update

A subcommittee of the Enforcement and Compliance workstream met this week to discuss the availability of data,  a proposed extension of scope for certification bodies and agreeing a common approach to enforcement.

A summary of the discussions will be shared with the full Enforcement and Compliance workstream and recommendations to the Implementation Board will follow.

Standards update

The Standards workstream leads (Clare Price and Peter Rickaby) met with the BEIS Energy Company Obligation (ECO) policy team on 18th August, to discuss alignment of the Each Home Counts retrofit standards framework with the next round of ECO. Following this meeting, the BEIS ECO team attended the Implementation Board on 12th September.

The intention is to align the quality mark to underpin the quality assurance and technical monitoring requirements under Each Home Counts with the next round of ECO. Peter Rickaby also met with Ofgem’s ECO technical monitoring team to discuss how their experience can contribute to the retrofit standards framework.  Work is now focusing on development of the standards framework in anticipation of the planned ECO consultation in early 2018 and the launch of the next round of ECO in Autumn 2018. The British Standards Institute aims to start work in October on the development of PAS 2035 Code of Practice for the Energy Retrofit of Buildings and a simplified update of PAS 2030 with a view to completion within a year.

This week… Next week…

The EHC team are attending various stakeholder meetings to provide an update on the Review reports recommendations.

Future events

Implementation Board meeting Thursday 5th October 2017
HET Group meeting Monday 6th November 2017

 

 

The Each Home Counts Review Team

The team is: Howard Porter, Susan Jones, Ben Golding, Pam Wynne, Alison Oliver, James Sharples and Diana Menville.

The workstreams are:

  • Quality Envelope Functions (Simon Ayers, Trustmark)
  • Code of Conduct/Consumer Protection (Liz Male, Liz Male Consulting/ Peter Broad, Citizens Advice)
  • Standards (Clare Price, BSI/ Peter Rickaby, Peter Rickaby Consulting)
  • Compliance & Enforcement (Claire Curtis-Thomas, BBA)
  • Information Hub & Data Warehouse (Philip Sellwood, Laura McGadie, EST)
  • Skills & Training (Richard Bayliss, CITB)
  • Data Ethics, Privacy & Protection (Rich Hampshire, CGI)
  • Finance & Insurance (Stephen Huller, BNP Paribas Personal Finance)
  • Building Fabric & Technology (Peter Caplehorn, CPA)
  • Home Energy Technology & Renewables (Kelly Butler, BEAMA)
  • Design and Installation (Alan Cochrane, Retrofit Design Services)
  • Measurement, Monitoring and Verification (Kerry Mashford, NEF)
  • Smart Meters (Audrey Gallacher, Energy UK)
  • Social Housing (Bevan Jones,  Sustainable Homes)
  • Pilots (BEIS)

If you wish to contact the Review team about any of the workstreams above then please drop an email to eachhomecounts@beis.gov.uk. We welcome your interest in the work-streams, so please continue to send in your contributions, thoughts and comments to our joint email account, eachhomecounts@beis.gov.uk.