Each Home Counts Newsletter 15th September 2017

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Our Each Home Counts website continues to be developed and so you will see more content appearing shortly about progress with the Each Home Counts workstreams.

Implementation Board

The Each Home Counts Implementation Board held their monthly meeting on 12th September. The focus of this meeting was to discuss progress with shaping the quality mark and also the potential alignment of the quality mark with the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.

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. There have been several subcommittee meetings to date and the group presented their initial findings to the Implementation Board on Tuesday.At the board meeting, members agreed with the proposed quality mark model with further detail to be developed around consumer protection and enforcement.

The subcommittee will continue to meet until October when they will present their final findings to the board on the delivery approach for the quality mark.The work on the quality mark model, workstream lead Simon Ayers, will continue to be taken forward in parallel to the further subcommittee discussions around the delivery of the model.The timelines for working towards the ECO scheme that is planned for October 2018 were also presented to the board.  The workstream leads will now look at how the Each Home Counts recommendations that are a high priority for ECO can be delivered.

Information Hub & Data Warehouse update

Information Hub & Data Warehouse also known as the Advice and Guidance Workstream has been making good progress, having developed the concept of the Information Hub to a point where its alignment with future advice services being explored by government is now being considered.

Meanwhile the process for developing and approving technology and situational factsheets is being developed, working with the Home Energy Technology and Fabric Workstreams. The group is also considering options for advice and information standards.

In Other News…

New CITB Productivity fund targets support for Each Home Counts

CITB has launched a new fund seeking the development of scalable pilots aiming to increase productivity by successfully reducing the volume and impact of rework on construction projects. The direct cost of avoidable errors in construction projects is in the order of 5% of project value. This equates to approximately £5bn per annum across the sector in the UK and is greater than the average profit margin for a typical construction project. This figure rises to over 20% of project value when unrecorded process waste, indirect costs and latent defects are included.

Targeting the reduction of errors, defects and rework in construction offers tremendous benefits, not just in terms of productivity and profitability for industry, but also in improving customer satisfaction and whole life performance of assets, e.g. building energy performance.

CITB is seeking to fund projects that prove methodologies which can lead to improved skills levels across key construction roles. Successful projects will demonstrate an impact on roles, functions and areas of work where there is an evidenced need for reduced frequency of re-work. Eligible employer-led proposals that seek to improve standards and uptake of training in the energy efficiency retrofit sector are encouraged.Projects can be up to 18 months in duration and CITB is seeking to fund up to 5 projects within this commission, with a total of £500k being available for all projects. The fund has an 11 week application window, with a closing date on 20th Nov. It is open now. CITB will open a further commission in the future, which will focus on scaling up projects which have proven concept.

Full details, guidance notes, literature review and application forms can be found here.

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. The Implementation Board met on Tuesday 12th September and the guarantees working group met on 14th September.

Future events

HET Group meeting Tuesday 19th September 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.

Workstreams are:

  • Quality Envelope Functions (Simon Ayers, Trustmark)
  • Code of Conduct/Consumer Protection (Liz Male, Trustmark/ Peter Broad, Citizens Advice)
  • Standards (Clare Price, BSI/ Peter Rickaby, Energy and Sustainability Consultant)
  • 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)
  • 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 workstreams, so please continue to send in your contributions, thoughts and comments to our joint email account, eachhomecounts@beis.gov.uk.