Each Home Counts Newsletter 11 March 2016

‘Every Home Matters’ Newsletter

11th March  2016

Hello!

Since the last newsletter, we have been making good progress in pulling together the workstream recommendations.  As we move into the next phase of the Review we will be setting  up  sub groups to discuss overlapping workstream topics.

 
This week…. Next week…..
·        The Smart Meter recommendations workshop was held on Wednesday 09th March, where we discussed the recommendations coming out of the review and how these can best be put into practice.  More detail is below.

 

·        We also held the Home Energy Technologies workshop today, Friday 11th March to discuss the progress of the Review overall and the work being undertaken by the Home Energy Technologies sub working groups.

 

Future Events

 

·        Data Warehouse sub group – 14th March

·        Quality Assurance Framework and Management sub group – 15th March

 

 
Smart Meters workstream meeting
The second smart meter workstream meeting was held on Wednesday 9th March and attended by Energy UK, Smart Energy GB, Citizens Advice, DECC, Energy Networks Association and EST.

 

The group agreed the high level recommendations:

1.      Provide relevant and appropriate home energy efficiency advice to consumers during the installation visit and ensure a good customer journey throughout the rollout

2.      Ensure the capacity and skills of installers delivers a safe and efficient rollout

3.      Ensure industry works together so that smart meters can be installed in as many properties as possible, regardless of property type

A number of actions were identified to achieve the high level objectives and the group will be working together over the next few weeks to put these together in a roadmap.

 
Advice and Guidance
 The Advice and Guidance workstream, led by Philip Sellwood from the Energy Saving Trust (EST) has been making good progress over recent weeks.

On 2nd February a small group of experts met to think about more ambitious solutions to providing robust and quality advice and guidance for consumers and the supply chain on energy efficiency and renewable energy.  The discussion focussed on how to encourage consumers to engage with the energy efficiency agenda and to install improvements following an initial engagement.  Key ideas included:

 

·        Promoting benefits other than environmental benefits to get consumers interested in energy efficiency;

·        Ensuring advice comes from a trusted and independent source and is tailored to individual consumers;

·        A property level database that brings together a range of features of currently dispersed databases.

A second meeting was held on 19th February with a wider group of stakeholders to further develop these ideas and to create a roadmap for the three priority recommendations for the workstream:

·        Central provision of quality assured information, statistics and guidance about energy saving measures that can be used by a variety of actors.

·        A datawarehouse approach to storing and making useable energy and building data for individual households linking this to tools that can help householders work out what energy improvements are right for their home.

·        New approaches engaging people with the home energy opportunity that uses more relevant messaging and uses all relevant trigger points – lifestyle and wider refurbishment action.

The roadmaps included actions for implementing the recommendations, broad timelines, sources of funding and who would be responsible for implementing the actions.

 
Ecobuild 2016 (08th-10th  March)
Peter Bonfield chaired a session at the Ecobuild Conference in London on Tuesday 8 March which focussed on the emerging recommendations from the Review.

Alongside Peter, several workstream leads also gave presentations: Claire Curtis-Thomas, BBA, spoke about compliance and enforcement; Liz Male, Trustmark, about skills and training; and Diana Montgomery, CPA, on the insulation and fabric market.  They provided a clear indication on the recommendations arising from the workstreams and explained their rationale.  Overall, there is a strong sense of a number of cross cutting themes emerging from the workstreams.

Richard Mellish from DECC gave an account about the review findings informing future policy.  Government want to construct policies to support the best practise for the sector recommended by the Review.

Every Home Matters Team (The Bonfield 10 )
The team is:

Peter Bonfield, Kanta Nar, Richard Mellish, Matt Webb, Lynne Ebdon, Diana Menville and;

Name: Work-stream Lead on:
Alison Oliver Advice & Guidance, Insulation/Fabric, Holistic Property Consideration
Elaine Simpson Smart Meters, Compliance & Enforcement
Will Field Home Energy Technologies
Sherif Kahky Quality & Standards, Consumer Protection, Skills & Training
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@decc.gsi.gov.uk