Each Home Counts Newsletter 29 April 2016

 

‘The Bonfield Review’ Newsletter

29th April 2016

Hello!

We are now beginning to look beyond the publication of the report to how the recommendations will be implemented. Elements of this were discussed at the implementation board on Tuesday 5th April and an action plan is shaping up well. Detail on the next steps will be set out in the report itself.

We really appreciate all the hard work the workstream groups have put into their vison for the way forward and the recommendations and milestones on how, together we can achieve this.

 
The Review Report
As we continue to work towards finalising the report,  some of the themes emerging are around a new, simple and coherent framework that can be applied consistently across the industry sector to deliver a better experience for consumers:

·        Signing up to a comprehensive Consumer Charter.

·        Undertaking installations or assessments in accordance with defined Codes of Practice.

·        A Quality Mark for the domestic retrofit sector.

·        Providing agreed standards for advice.

·        A simplified, single redress process for the industry sector.

·        A stronger more consistent level of core competency training.

·        A robust, consistent and efficient quality assurance framework.

 

When we publish the report we may not have all the answers but we will have a good strong foundation for the implementation phase of the recommendations.

 
This week…. Next week…..
The Review team has been out and  about meeting with various stakeholders to give them  an update on the Review report:

·        Elaine Simpson met with UKAS to discuss the direction of the Review in relation to accreditation.

·        Sherif Kahky met with “checkatrade.com” to update them on the Review report. Sherif also met with Trustmark to further discuss the Review’s  progress.

·        The Review team spoke with a Local Authority to share the reports proposed recommendations and to hear about their local energy efficiency scheme already in place.

·        Matt Webb met with DECC and other government department officials to run through the Review recommendations

·        Peter Bonfield attended a meeting with representatives from the solar industry including from the Solar Trade Association.

 

Future Events

  • A cross cutting  workstream workshop
Date to be confirmed

 

 

 
 
Federation of Master Builders’: Retrofit for Builders
Will Field from the Review team presented at the the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) conference and exhibition on retrofitting domestic buildings.

In attendance was some of the UK’s leading experts in the finances and techniques of low energy retrofit alongside exhibitors demonstrating leading products and services. The conference was focused on helping small and medium-sized builders understand and access the growing market for energy efficiency retrofit of domestic properties.

Will talked through the current government approach to energy efficiency as well as some of the emerging findings from the Review.

One common theme, particularly on the advice side has been the importance of utilising “trigger points”, such as general renovations, to engage consumers in the benefits of energy efficiency. General builders are key here as they have a unique opportunity to engage the householder at the point that other work is taking place and  potentially reducing cost and disruption by combining work.

We are pleased that organisations such as the FMB are promoting the importance of the retrofit market to their members and recommendations for how we can upskill and involve the wider supply chain are likely to be part of our final report.

 
Review Team (The Bonfield 10 )
The team is:

Peter Bonfield, Kanta Nar, Ben Golding, Matt Webb, Pam Wynne, 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