Each Home Counts Newsletter 29 July 2016

Hello!

Summer recess is here and many of our industry and government colleagues have taken the opportunity to take a break and relax before we get stuck in to the implementation phase of the Review.

We plan to publish the Review report as soon as we can and will keep you informed regarding when that will be. We appreciate your continued patience in the meantime.

Quality & Standards

Peter Rickaby chaired the first BSI Retrofit Task Group meeting to begin to consider how to deliver the Bonfield quality and standards recommendations.

A group of around 20 delegates had a good discussion which considered

  • the scope of the group,
  • the membership coverage, and
  • the plan for research and road mapping.

Also the PAS 2030/2031 Steering group held their first meeting. This was also well attended.

The PAS revision will enable alignment with the ECO transition due to start from April 2017 (currently out for consultation) and is due to be published in January 2017.

Further meetings are planned for both groups in September.

ECO Stakeholder Events
BEIS held three well attended stakeholder events on the “ECO: Help to Heat” consultation in Cardiff, Glasgow and London on 19, 20, 22 July respectively.

Stakeholders from across the industry gathered to hear about the proposed changes to the ECO scheme during a 1 year transition starting from 1 April 2017. The team presented information covered in the recently published consultation document around the scheme structure, household eligibility criteria, eligible energy efficiency measures, and approach for targeting households, delivery and administration, as well as hearing initial views from Ofgem on how they would implement the scheme.

A question and answer session provided attendees with the opportunity to ask a range of questions on the proposals. Several of the questions centred on the quality of installations, the Bonfield Review and its impact on the ECO scheme going forward.

It was clarified that the ECO team has been in close discussion with the Bonfield Review team as the scheme proposals have been developed. This has allowed the longer term impact of the emerging recommendations from the Review on ECO to be considered as part of the policy development.

Examples include the PAS 2030 revision being carried out ready for the start of the ECO transition year<span “> which will also incorporate, where possible, changes in the pre-installation or design stage to reflect a holistic property approach to ensure measures are only installed into suitable buildings.

Going forward, the longer term ECO scheme will aim to align further with the Review findings.

This week…. Next week…..
On Wednesday 27th July Alison met with BSI quality and standards workstream leads to provide an update on the Review report.

Future Events

  • Skills & training workshop
September 2016
  • Advice and Guidance workshops
September 2016
  • Home Energy Technologies workshop
To be confirmed

If you wish to speak to the Review team about the Quality and Standards, Consumers Protection, Skills and Training or Smart Meters, Compliance & Enforcement workstreams then please contact Alison or Will in the short term.

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