Each Home Counts Review Newsletter 17 March 2017

Hello!                

The Review workstream leads are continuing to engage with various stakeholders to help them implement the Review recommendations.  Alongside, the Review Team are helping prepare for several workshops – including one for the quality mark and another on compliance over the coming few months. These will discuss draft implementation plans and delivery proposals.

 

Skills & Training workstream update

At the last implementation board held on Thursday 2nd March Richard Bayliss informed the board about the new “Sustainable Building Training Guide”, produced by the Green Construction Board. This contribution to the improvement of skills and training for built environment professions is aligned with the Each Home Counts Review, recommendation 11:

 

“Industry to begin to embed core knowledge, including basic building physics, design stage and consumer interaction into all relevant vocational and professional pathways, including qualifications, training courses and apprenticeships.”

 

The guide can be found here.

The guide explains the principles of sustainable building in terms that are useful for embedding in standards, qualifications, apprenticeships and competency standards. The guide covers:

·       fabric trades,

·       building services engineering,

·       management roles and

·       designers

It has a strong emphasis on energy in buildings and the learning outcomes in the guide have been designed to be relevant to repair and maintenance / retrofit as well as new build.

 

Finance and Insurance workstream update

The first Finance and Insurance workstream meeting took place on Thursday 9th March 2017. It was attended by all those who expressed an interest at the official launch as well as those already engaged with the workstream. Howard Porter also attended.

Stephen Huller, lead for this workstream, believes that this significantly enhanced expertise in the Group will lead to a coherent and extensive offering for the market.

The finance and insurance workstream will be working closely with all the other relevant workstreams to understand their plans, development and ambitions to ensure that we can have a scalable and sustainable market as we start to implement the Review recommendations.

 

Standards workstream update

The Retrofit Standards Task Group met on Monday 13th March 2017 to review the first milestone of the research project being carried out by NEF into Standards for Retrofit: identification, evaluation and gaps, as set out in recommendation 10 of the Each Home Counts Review. This included approval of the refined scope and framework for the delivery of results.

The initial desk research is being followed by face to face interviews and focus group sessions with users. Delivery of the report is expected in June 2017.

 

This week…. Next week…..

·       The Review team and colleagues from Cornwall County Council spoke on 13th March to discuss potential options for the Cornwall pilot to test the Review recommendations.

·       On Friday 17th March, Howard and the Review team met with Ofgem to review the report recommendations.

Future events

·       Quality mark workshop

March/April 2017

·       Compliance workshop

March/April 2017

·       EHC Implementation Event

May/June 2017

 

The Bonfield Review Team

The team is:

Howard Porter, Ben Golding, Pam Wynne, Alison Oliver, James Sharples and Diana Menville

Work-streams are:

·       Quality Mark Functions

·       Monitoring & Enforcement

·       Consumer Protection

·       Standards

·       Delivery Organisation

·       Information Hub & Data Warehouse

·       Skills & Training

·       Data Privacy & Protection

·       Finance & Insurance

·       Building Fabric & Technology

·       Home Energy Technology & Renewables

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 work-streams, so please continue to send in your contributions, thoughts and comments to our joint email account, eachhomecounts@beis.gov.uk