Each Home Counts Newsletter 18 March 2016

 

‘Every Home Matters’ Newsletter

18th March 2016

Hello!

We are busy bringing together our Review Report to ensure that all our recommendations and those of our industry groups synergise. An important time for all of us on this Review.

This week…. Next week…..
· We held a cross-cutting meeting on Monday 14th March to establish more clearly the proposition for a data warehouse and to ensure consensus around the detail of what is proposed. This meeting draws on previous discussions around Advice and Guidance, Holistic Property Consideration, Insulation/Fabric.

 

· We also had a cross-cutting meeting on Tuesday 15th March, discussing the attributes we need from any Quality Assurance Framework & Management approach. This meeting reviewed related workstream recommendations from the Enforcement and Insulation workstreams to consider how they overlap.

 

Future Events

·        Implications and opportunities for small / micro Businesses workshop Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Home Energy Technologies
Since the last meeting on the Home Energy Technologies Work stream in February, Howard Porter and a small group of relevant parties have been working to develop some brief templates which attempt to set out the current advice, standards and consumer protection arrangements that exist for the technologies covered by the group. These templates also began to explore some of the work currently underway to try and improve the arrangements in the sector and to identify areas of work that are yet to begin but will be required.

 

Given this group is at an earlier stage than the other technology strands of the review, these findings will primarily be used as evidence to feed into the findings of the review rather than recommendations in themselves, allowing us to understand what is already in place and how the findings of the review are likely to impact on current arrangements. Given the scope of the group, we are still at an early stage of mapping all the technologies covered by the scope of the group, with solar PV, heat pumps, ventilation, boilers and low energy lighting completed so far. However, it is the long term intention that we will complete a template for all the technologies covered by this strand of the review.

 

This full list also includes:

·        Low temperature distribution, Water Treatment, Solar Thermal, Biomass, EV Charging, Electrical Storage, Electric Space Heating, Hot Water Storage, Lighting Controls, Air Conditioning, Micro Wind, Micro CHP

 

Last week, a meeting was held with a wider group of stakeholders from the sector to provide an update on both the emerging findings from the wider review and to provide an opportunity to discuss the workstream specific approach we are taking. Following feedback from the group, we will be revising the templates used to better differentiate between the factual information of the arrangements in place and the comments including assessing whether they are working well. Following these meetings we have commissioned further templates to be produced covering the full list of technologies above and a revision of the previous templates to reflect the comments made at the meeting. The hope is that this fuller set of templates will be available to feed into discussions of the next implementation board in early April.

 

Insulation/fabric
 

Since the Insulation Summit in January, there has been a series of productive meetings involving the focus group leading on developing a straw-man for the insulation workstream. The group has been focussing on adding further detail to the main proposals around:

 

· Mandatory guidance, standards and specification.

· Roles and responsibilities, process.

· Quality assurance, certification and competency.

· Customer engagement, people, home occupiers and homeowners

 

The outcome of the discussions were recommendations and specific actions to implement these including:

 

· Establish a centralised on line collection of all relevant information, a ‘data warehouse’.

· Ensure the design stage of the installation process identifies combinations of building classes and measures that are technically complex and where more specialist professional support is needed.

· Set up (task and finish) group to create the new quality assurance arrangements.

· Set up (task and finish) group to draw up the industry responsibilities charter.

· Set up data & information collection processes to be applied to all homes under consideration.

· Assemble data -information guidance and technical standards, review and make available, including a steering group and website.

· Appoint a task and finish group to establish the process to correctly identify energy efficiency solution for each home and gain industry wide agreement.

· Establish industry – government quality assurance oversight group to develop a charter and the scope for procurement of a Quality Assurance Management organisation.

 

Conversations are going on with other workstreams to refine and define these actions. In particular a focus on micro sme’s, data collection and storage, and quality assurance is taking place.

 

The recommendations and the roadmap to achieve the actions will feed into the final report being prepared for 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