Each Home Counts Review Newsletter 4th August

Hello

As we move towards the summer holiday period, there still continues to be activity towards producing the implementation plans for Each Home Counts. The website is being further developed to make it easier to communicate workstream progress as we move forward.  We will keep you updated on this.

Implementation Board

The Each Home Counts Implementation Board held their monthly Board meeting on 3rd August. The focus of this meeting was to reflect on the recent stakeholder event in Westminster Central Hall on 12th July and to receive workstream updates from leads.

The Board discussed stakeholders comments received about the recent event. In general, most attendees felt the event provided a useful update on Each Home Counts progress. Feedback also indicated that some would like more engagement with workstreams than they have had to date. Each Home Counts continues to welcome participation from relevant stakeholders through the workstreams and has made it easier to contact leads by improving the website. If you are interested in getting involved with any of the workstreams, leads can now be contacted directly through the ‘Get Involved’ section on this website.

There was also discussion on the progress made on the Code of Conduct and that a revised draft should be prepared for wider circulation. The Board considered how the Code of Conduct relates to other key documents such as the Code of Practice and Framework Operating Requirements, yet to be produced.  These documents will need to be considered together to provide the appropriate context as part of the quality envelope. The Standards workstream presented the findings of the Gap Analysis Research recently completed by National Energy Foundation (NEF). This work will help inform development of the Code of Practice.

Additionally, the Compliance and Enforcement workstream reported on their first meeting which was held on 11th July. There was also a presentation by Tony Allen from HIES who will be leading work on guarantee protection that relates closely to the Finance & Insurance and Consumer Protection workstreams.

The next Board meeting will be held on 7th September.

Standards update

The BSI Retrofit Standards Task Group met on 26 July to receive the final report of the research into retrofit standards carried out by the NEF.

The research team has created a database of standards relevant to retrofit:

  • covering building fabric,
  • building services and
  • renewable energy systems.

Hundreds of standards have been reviewed and evaluated, and gaps have been identified.  The database will be used by the Retrofit Standards Task Group to assist with the development of the proposed framework of retrofit standards, which will underpin the Each Home Counts quality mark and quality assurance scheme.

The Task Group also considered an outline of the standards framework, embracing a new Code of Practice for the Retrofit of Buildings, other BSI standards (including BS7913 and an updated and simplified version of PAS 2030), existing standards from other organisations including CIBSE and MCS, and some new standards that will be developed to fill gaps.

Guarantee Protection – Call for Interested Parties

The Finance and Insurance workstream has decided to establish a separate strand of work focused on Guarantee Protection. The first meeting took place on 3rd August, chaired by Tony Allen, HIES.

This work will seek to develop recommendations for the Implementation Board on how to secure protection of guarantees provided for installations. The Each Home Counts Chair has asked for expressions of interest from any interested parties to be involved in this work. In particular, he is keen to hear from people who can bring the voice and experience of guarantee protection for policyholders, as well as those from the guarantee protection industry. To express an interest in participating please email eachhomecounts@beis.gov.uk.

This week… Next week…

EHC events happening this week and next week are:

Future events

Implementation Board meeting Thursday 3rd August 2017
Fabric and Insulation Thursday 24th August
HET Group meeting Tuesday 19th September

The team is: Howard Porter, 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, Liz Male Consulting/ Peter Broad, Citizens Advice)
  • Standards (Clare Price, BSI/ Peter Rickaby, Rickaby Thompson Associates)
  • Compliance & Enforcement (Claire Curtis-Thomas, BBA)
  • Information Hub & Data Warehouse (Philip Sellwood, EST/Susan Jones, Each Home Counts Associate)
  • Skills & Training (Richard Bayliss, CITB)
  • Data Ethics, Privacy & Protection (Rich Hampshire, CGI)
  • Finance & Insurance (Stephen Huller, BNP Paribas Personal Finance)
  • 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.