Each Home Counts Review Newsletter 28th April 2017

Hello    

The pre-election period “purdah” started on Friday 21st April and will continue until the General Election on Thursday 8th June.  During this time essential government business continues, however, discretion will be observed in initiating and communicating any new policies or other longer term actions.

Due to the industry led nature of the Review, the workstream activity will continue during this period and beyond to ensure the review recommendations are implemented across the wider industry sector.

Fabric & Technology workstream update
The Fabric & Technologies workstream lead, Peter Caplehorn is setting up three working groups.    Each working group will be allocated a chair person and will take forward the detailed work on implementing one of the following recommendations:

Recommendation 17 All retrofit projects will have an appropriate design stage process which takes a holistic approach and adequately considers the home, its local environment, heritage, occupancy, and the householders’ improvement objectives when determining suitable measures.

Recommendation 18 Put in place a process for gathering information and the design specification ahead of any installation of insulation or fabric measures; store this in the Data Warehouse for future use and to facilitate continuous improvement; and load aftercare support and quality information into the Data Warehouse following an installation.

Recommendation 19 Ensure that the Insulation and Fabric workstream feeds into the standards, skills and quality assurance development processes, and that these reflect best practice, and fully take account of the issues specific to the measures.

Peter will be holding initial meetings with the chairs of these groups next week. This will then be the start of detailed work and regular meetings.

Other workstreams will be invited to these meetings to provide updates.  The  working groups will also present their work to other workstreams.

 
Standards workstream update
On Monday 24th April, Clare Price and Peter Rickaby, who are leading the Standards workstream and development of technical standards for retrofit via the BSI Retrofit Standards Task Group, met with Simon Ayers of TrustMark, who is working with certification bodies on the development of the Each Home Counts quality mark.

The relationships between technical standards, the Quality Mark and the various certification and accreditation processes used in the retrofit industry were discussed, as well as means of funding these aspects of the implementation of the Each Home Counts review.  Areas of collaboration and coordination were identified for ongoing work in both areas.

Also, on Tuesday 25th April, the BBC Radio 4 programme Costing the Earth broadcast ‘Insulation for the Nation’ an episode ‎about domestic retrofit.  The programme mentioned the Each Home Counts review and included an interview with Implementation Board member Peter Rickaby, amongst a group of academics and professionals from the retrofit industry.

 
This week…. Next week…..
·         The EHC Implementation board will be held on Thursday 4th May 2017.

Future events

·         Home Energy Technology & Renewables Tbc either 16/30th May 2017
·         Quality Mark workshop w/c 15th May2017
·         EHC Implementation Event w/c 12th June 2017
The Each Home Counts Review Team
The team is:

Howard Porter, Ben Golding, Pam Wynne, Alison Oliver, James Sharples and Diana Menville

Workstreams are:

Workstream
·         Quality Mark Functions
·         Code of Conduct/Consumer Protection
·         Standards
·         Monitoring & Enforcement
·         Delivery Organisation
·         Information Hub & Data Warehouse
·         Skills & Training
·         Data Privacy & Protection
·         Finance & Insurance
·         Building Fabric & Technology
·         Home Energy Technology & Renewables
·         Design and Installation
·         Measurement and Learning
·         Smart Meters
·         Pilots
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

Each Home Counts Review Newsletter 13rd April 2017

Hello    

There has been a lot of activity going on within the workstreams.  The Implementation board meeting held on Tuesday 11th April allowed workstream leads to share their workstream progress.  Workstream leads are working more closely together to deliver the Review recommendations; merging workstream meetings where they have a common theme has been identified.

Implementation Board
The Each Home Counts implementation board was held on Tuesday 11th April, chaired by Howard Porter.  Howard welcomed the three new board members to the group as the workstream structure is revised to reflect the needs for the implementation phase (see below for full list).  After a brief introduction from  all board members, the group discussed the following  topics:

·         Workstream updates: workstream leads gave an update on activities taking place within their workstream and next steps.

·         Governance: new draft terms of reference reflecting delivery of the EHC recommendations was issued to board members for comment

·         Messaging: Discussion around communication of the Review implementation and workstream activity to a wider audience.

 
Information Hub & Data Warehouse workstream update
On Tuesday 11th April, EST hosted a meeting with the advice and guidance working group to give them the opportunity to get involved in the delivery of the information hub & data warehouse Review recommendations.

As part of the ongoing consultation for the information hub a separate meeting has been set up with organisations who are specifically involved in providing household advice. Part of the discussion will be to see if there is appetite to form an ongoing advice and guidance working group with these organisations to help shape the recommendations.

 
Cross-cutting meeting
The Standards and the Monitoring & Enforcement workstreams, Clare Price, Peter Rickaby and Clare Curtis-Thomas, met on Wednesday 5th April.

Clare and Peter were representing the BSI Retrofit Standards Task Group,  and Claire Curtis-Thomas was joined by  colleagues at the BBA,  to discuss:

·         the relationship between standards and quality assurance,

·         the need for procedural as well as technical standards, and

·         the implications of these issues for the implementation of Each Home Counts.

The meeting was very productive and identified ways in which the BSI Retrofit Standards Task Group and the BBA can work collaboratively.

 
This week…. Next week…..
·         The EHC Implementation board meeting was held on Tuesday 11th April, hosted by EST.

·         Also on Tuesday 11th April, the advice & guidance group met to discuss the information hub & data warehouse report recommendations

·         On Wednesday 12th April Alison and James were invited to join a teleconference call with Cornwall County Council, to discuss progress with their pilot scheme

Future events

·         Quality Mark workshop May 2017
·         EHC Implementation Event June 2017
The Each Home Counts Review Team
The team is:

Howard Porter, Ben Golding, Pam Wynne, Alison Oliver, James Sharples and Diana Menville

Workstreams are:

·         Quality Mark Functions
·         Code of Conduct/Consumer Protection
·         Standards
·         Monitoring & Enforcement
·         Delivery Organisation
·         Information Hub & Data Warehouse
·         Skills & Training
·         Data Privacy & Protection
·         Finance & Insurance
·         Building Fabric & Technology
·         Home Energy Technology & Renewables
·         Design and Installation
·         Measurement and Learning
·         Smart Meters
·         Pilots
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

Each Home Review Newsletter 31st March 2017

Hello!                

The Review team are working closely with the workstream leads to review the new and existing workstreams, ensuring they are in line with the Report’s recommendations.  The Review team are also reflecting on their own roles and responsibilities as implementation plans for the Review take shape.

Information Hub & Data Warehouse workstream update
The Information Hub & Data Warehouse workstream leads presented their vision for the Information Hub at the last Implementation Board meeting on 2nd March, as part of a wider consultation underway with industry stakeholders.

The principle for the Hub is to bring together all consumer-facing information relating to the proposed Each Home Counts quality mark and all the information that consumers need to make energy related improvements to their home, including how to use technologies currently available in the market..

This work is currently proceeding through individual discussions with stakeholders, however information about future plans will be sent out to those who have expressed an interest in the workstream shortly.

 

If anyone else would like to be involved in shaping these ideas please get in touch with susan.jones@est.org.uk

 
Meeting with the National Housing Federation
Liz Male, Peter Rickaby and Clare Price from the Implementation Board attended a meeting of the National Housing Federation’s informal steering group on energy efficiency retrofits this week, which  involved a group of sustainability and retrofit experts from leading housing associations including Peabody, Orbit, Clarion Housing Group, Southern Housing Group and others.

Peter Rickaby and Clare Price updated the group on the Code of Practice and work of the Retrofit Standards Task Group. There was also a very useful conversation around how social housing landlords could pool examples of best practice and develop a comprehensive suite of compliant technical specifications which could help improve procurement, reduce risk and cost.

Liz Male presented on the draft Code of Conduct which sets out the behaviours required of businesses involved in this market and how organisations will ensure effective consumer protection at key stages in the customer journey. The group agreed to provide input into those areas where, as direct and very important customers for home energy improvements, housing associations need to have absolute confidence in the businesses who will ultimately carry the quality mark and fulfil their retrofit programmes.

 
Energy Performance of Buildings Data
EPC data has now been made available for bulk access. This is an important milestone for BEIS and their external stakeholders.

 

By signing up at https://epc.opendatacommunities.org you are now able to filter by key criteria including address, property type and energy rating, and download record level data for all Domestic EPCs, Non-domestic EPCs and Display Energy Certificates in England and Wales.

 

Simply choose your criteria, click “search” in bottom right corner, and then click “all results” to download two zip files (one for main EPC data, and one for all recommendations of those EPCs).

 

A full list of the available data items for each EPC can be found from page 14 of the following publication: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/284/pdfs/uksiod_20160284_en.pdf

 
This week… Next week…
·         Alison and James from the BEIS Review Team attended the Energy UK Energy Efficiency Group meeting on this week to update them on the Review recommendations

Future events

·         Quality Mark workshop April 2017
·         EHC Implementation Event May/June 2017

 

The Each Home Counts Review Team
The team is:

Howard Porter, Ben Golding, Pam Wynne, Alison Oliver, James Sharples and Diana Menville

Work-streams are:

·         Quality Mark Functions

·         Monitoring & Enforcement

·         Consumer Protection

·         Standards

·         Delivery Organisation

·         Information Hub & Data Warehouse

·         Skills & Training

·         Data Privacy & Protection

·         Finance & Insurance

·         Building Fabric & Technology

·         Home Energy Technology & Renewables

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

Each Home Counts Review 12 May 2017

Hello    

The Review workstreams are making good progress developing the implementation plans for the Review recommendations.  The workstream leads are busy planning meetings, attending events and working with wider industry colleagues to ensure their implementation plans meet the Review vision and are appropriate for the sector.

As part of this process, the Implementation Board members will be meeting on 14th June to share their progress and plans on their workstreams, ensure all relevant connections are made between workstreams and to ensure the implementation of all the recommendations are on track.

Alongside, the Review team are continuing attending meetings with various government officials, updating them on the progress of the Review implementation plans.

Implementation Board meeting – 4th May

The latest Each Home Counts Implementation Board meeting was held on Thursday 4th May, chaired by Howard Porter. The meeting was productive and included  discussions around:

·         agreeing the workstream structure going forward and confirming leads (as per list later in newsletter)

·         the vision for the Review

·         up and coming stakeholder events for workstreams

·         progress on workstream implementation plans and

·         the  Each Home Counts website (www.eachhomecounts.com) which will be updated over the coming months to include information about workstream progress and implementation plans

·         a wider sector event in the summer to share and discuss implementation plans

·         initial proposals for the quality mark framework (this links to wider stakeholder event on 18 May- see below)

·         scope of the Measurement, Monitoring and Verification workstream

 
Code of Conduct/Consumer Protection update

On Thursday 11 May, Howard Porter presented an update on the Each Home Counts review to the TrustMark Forum, which included consumer group representatives and a group of TrustMark scheme operators working across a wide range of trades.

Howard encouraged the Forum members to start preparing for the implementation of the review’s recommendations, and helped explain how industry can start identifying areas for action.

The main message about getting involved and engaged with the review was particularly well received by those in attendance, with Forum members coming forward with positive views and suggestions which will now feed directly into the Quality Mark workstream, led by TrustMark chief executive Simon Ayers.

 
This week…. Next week…..

·         On Thursday 11th May, Howard attended the Trustmark forum to provide an update on the  EHC Review implementation

Future events

·         Quality Mark Meeting (to discuss the quality mark framework) – led by Simon Ayers Thursday 18th May2017
·         Home Energy Technology & Renewables – led by Kelly Butler Tuesday 30th May 2017
·         EHC Implementation Event June/July 2017
The Each Home Counts Review Team

The team is:

Howard Porter, Ben Golding, Pam Wynne, Alison Oliver, James Sharples and Diana Menville

Workstreams are:

Workstream
·         Quality Mark Functions (Simon Ayers, Trustmark)
·         Code of Conduct/Consumer Protection (Liz Male, Trustmark/ Peter Broad, Citizens Advice)
·         Standards (Clare Price, BSI/ Peter Rickaby, Rickaby Thompson Associates)
·         Compliance & Enforcement (Claire Curtis-Thomas, BBA)
·         Information Hub & Data Warehouse (Philip Sellwood, Susan Jones, EST)
·         Skills & Training (Richard Bayliss, CITB)
·         Data Ethics, Privacy & Protection (lead to be confirmed)
·         Finance & Insurance (Stephen Huller, LaSer UK, BNP Paribas)
·         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)
·         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

Each Home Counts Review Newsletter 24th February 2017

Hello!                

The Workstream Leads are busy carrying on the momentum following launch of the Review. They have been engaging with a range of stakeholders to develop implementation plans in time for a workshop proposed in Spring. The Review Team has been in contact with manufacturers, trade bodies and other interested groups to hear views on the Report and to explain how they can be involved. We have a meeting planned next week with Cornwall County Council to talk about the pilot announced at the launch event.

Meeting with Baxi
Peter Bonfield had a productive meeting with the CEO and top team at Baxi, a manufacturer of domestic and commercial water and space heating systems. We are pleased that Baxi have expressed their support for a quality mark and look forward to working with them through participation in our working groups.
Traditional Buildings and the Each Home Counts Review
Peter and James also attended the Sustainable and Traditional Buildings Alliance’s Advisory Group Meeting to listen to their comments about the Review. The STBA is a collaboration of not for profit organisations that acts as a forum for sustaining and improving traditional buildings in the UK. Traditional buildings make up a large proportion of the UK’s housing stock and it was helpful to hear a range of views about how the Review can address some unique challenges. We will be working with representatives in this sector to explore how we can embed their knowledge and skills in the Review as we take the recommendations forward.
Future Events
 

·         EHC Conference workshop Spring 2017
The Each Home Counts Review Team
The team is:

Peter Bonfield, Kanta Nar, Ben Golding, Pam Wynne, Alison Oliver, James Sharples and Diana Menville

Work-streams are:

·         Quality Mark Functions

·         Monitoring & Enforcement

·         Consumer Protection

·         Standards

·         Delivery Organisation

·         Information Hub & Data Warehouse

·         Skills & Training

·         Data Privacy & Protection

·         Finance & Insurance

·         Building Fabric & Technology

·         Renewables & Home Energy Technology

·         Measurement & Learning

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

Each Home Counts Review Newsletter 17th February 2017

Hello!                

The Review Team are continuing work towards implementation of the Review’s recommendations following the launch event. We are pleased to see industry stakeholders getting involved in the workstreams and will be supporting the development of implementations plans for each workstream.

The Review: Feedback
The opportunity to provide feedback on the Each Home Counts report concluded on Tuesday 31st January.  The Review team received a large number of responses which we are currently working through. We would like to thank everyone who provided us with feedback on the Review report.
Finance and Insurance workstream
Stephen Huller, lead on the Review’s Finance and Insurance workstream, met with members of the Senior Executive at the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC).  He was interested to hear their plans for the relaunch of this welcome funding mechanism and invited them to input into this workstream to ensure that the outcomes are easy to navigate and provide easy engagement by all stakeholders.
Consumer Protection/Code of Conduct workstream
Peter Broad and Liz Male, joint workstream leads for Consumer Protection/Code of Conduct will be holding a crosscutting meeting with those stakeholders who have expressed an interest in funding low energy retrofit work. This meeting is intended to discuss the scope of the Code of Conduct work.
This week… Next week…
·         Peter and the Review team are continuing to engage with stakeholders on the Review recommendations and to discuss next steps. We met with Scottish Government officials this week to explore how the Review recommendations could be taken forward through Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP)

 

Future events

·         Quality & Standards: Fabric workshop February 2017
·         EHC Conference workshop Spring 2017
The Each Home Counts Review Team
The team is:

Peter Bonfield, Kanta Nar, Ben Golding, Pam Wynne, Alison Oliver, James Sharples and Diana Menville

Work-streams are:

·         Quality Mark Functions

·         Monitoring & Enforcement

·         Consumer Protection

·         Standards

·         Delivery Organisation

·         Information Hub & Data Warehouse

·         Skills & Training

·         Data Privacy & Protection

·         Finance & Insurance

·         Building Fabric & Technology

·         Renewables & Home Energy Technology

·         Measurement & Learning

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 workstreams, so please continue to send in your contributions, thoughts and comments to our joint email account eachhomecounts@beis.gov.uk

Each Home Counts Review Newsletter 10th February 2017

Hello!                

Following the formal launch of the Each Home Counts Review report we are now mapping out the next steps for the Review recommendations.  We are also working closely with our workstream leads to identify key stakeholders that will help to develop implementation plans and take forward the review recommendations.

These stakeholders are essential partners in connecting work on energy efficiency to other important priorities within local communities, such as health, economic regeneration, consumer empowerment and other initiatives to improve people’s lives and well-being.

The Review team are planning the Each Home Counts Implementation workshop to showcase the implementation plans for the Review’s recommendations.  This event will be held in Spring.

Consumer Protection/Code of Conduct: The Review
Peter Broad, joint workstream lead for Consumer Protection/Code of Conduct published a blog on the review. Please see the link below:

https://medium.com/citizens-advice/warm-homes-without-false-economies-2b74ea52cb5c#.dvpboc62n

The Each Home Counts review reflects many things Citizens Advice has worked towards and sets a positive direction for the future. However, much hard work is still to be done in implementing it. Now the report is published, industry, government and other stakeholders can focus what needs to be done to support its recommendations.

Citizens Advice will be looking to benchmark and monitor progress on quality of work and access to redress. over the coming years. They will continue to work with the review as it enters the implementation phase to make sure the review deliver for consumers.

This week…. Next week…..
·         Alison from the review team was invited to give a presentation on the EHC Review recommendations at the ECO: Help to Heat delivery meeting on Tuesday 7th February.

 

Future events

·         Quality & Standards: Fabric workshop 15 February
·         EHC Conference workshop Late Spring
The Each Home Counts Review Team
The team is:

Peter Bonfield, Kanta Nar, Ben Golding, Pam Wynne, Alison Oliver, James Sharples and Diana Menville

Work-streams are:

·         Advice & Guidance,

·         Insulation/Fabric,

·         Holistic Property Consideration

·         Home Energy Technologies

·         Smart Meters,

·         Compliance & Enforcement

·         Quality & Standards,

·         Consumer Protection,

·         Skills & Training

·         Code of conduct

·         Finance & Insurance

If you wish to contact the Review team about any of the workstreams above then please drop an email to BonfieldReview@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, BonfieldReview@beis.gov.uk

Each Home Counts Review Newsletter 3rd February 2017

Hello!

This week has been a busy one for the Review. Tuesday 31 January saw the closing date for feedback on the Review following the report publication in December. The interest in the Review is encouraging. Many thanks to all those who have submitted comments. We will respond in due course.

We also celebrated the launch of the Review at a productive event with over 120 sector representatives on Thursday, 2 Feb. This signifies the formal launch of the Review implementation phase. We look forward to your involvement over the coming months as we see what actions are needed to bring the Review recommendations to life.

Launch Event: 2nd Feb 2017
Yesterday, 2 Feb, the launch event for the Each Home Counts Review was held at Church House, Westminster. The Review team would like to thank everyone who attended.

 

The event began with a series of presentations including from Jon Booth, BEIS; Peter Bonfield, chair of the Review; Stephen Huller, lead on the finance workstream; and Alison Oliver, Review team. Councillor Julian German from Cornwall Council also announced a pilot to test the implementation of the Review recommendations. Another pilot is being carried out by EON at a site in Preston.

 

There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm at the event as discussions then focussed on the next steps of the implementation phase. Implementation Board members were there to speak about strands of work going forward and how everyone can get involved. Many thanks to all those attending that have signed up to the various workstreams. For those who were unable to attend and would like to be involved in the workstreams please let us know by getting in contact at BonfieldReview@beis.gov.uk.

 

There will be activity under the workstreams over the coming months as each works towards developing detailed implementation plans.

This week…. Next week…..
·         EHC launch event was held on Thursday 2nd February to provide information about the Review and to start the process of developing the implementation plans.

Future events

·         Fabric workshop 15 February
·         EHC implementation workshop late Spring
The Bonfield Review Team
The team is:

Peter Bonfield, Kanta Nar, Ben Golding, Pam Wynne, Alison Oliver, James Sharples and Diana Menville

Work-streams are:

·         Advice & Guidance,

·         Insulation/Fabric,

·         Holistic Property Consideration

·         Home Energy Technologies

·         Smart Meters,

·         Compliance & Enforcement

·         Quality & Standards,

·         Consumer Protection,

·         Skills & Training

·         Code of conduct

·         Finance & Insurance

If you wish to contact the Review team about any of the workstreams above then please drop an email to BonfieldReview@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, BonfieldReview@beis.gov.uk