Each Home Review Newsletter 31st March 2017

Hello!                

The Review team are working closely with the workstream leads to review the new and existing workstreams, ensuring they are in line with the Report’s recommendations.  The Review team are also reflecting on their own roles and responsibilities as implementation plans for the Review take shape.

Information Hub & Data Warehouse workstream update
The Information Hub & Data Warehouse workstream leads presented their vision for the Information Hub at the last Implementation Board meeting on 2nd March, as part of a wider consultation underway with industry stakeholders.

The principle for the Hub is to bring together all consumer-facing information relating to the proposed Each Home Counts quality mark and all the information that consumers need to make energy related improvements to their home, including how to use technologies currently available in the market..

This work is currently proceeding through individual discussions with stakeholders, however information about future plans will be sent out to those who have expressed an interest in the workstream shortly.

 

If anyone else would like to be involved in shaping these ideas please get in touch with susan.jones@est.org.uk

 
Meeting with the National Housing Federation
Liz Male, Peter Rickaby and Clare Price from the Implementation Board attended a meeting of the National Housing Federation’s informal steering group on energy efficiency retrofits this week, which  involved a group of sustainability and retrofit experts from leading housing associations including Peabody, Orbit, Clarion Housing Group, Southern Housing Group and others.

Peter Rickaby and Clare Price updated the group on the Code of Practice and work of the Retrofit Standards Task Group. There was also a very useful conversation around how social housing landlords could pool examples of best practice and develop a comprehensive suite of compliant technical specifications which could help improve procurement, reduce risk and cost.

Liz Male presented on the draft Code of Conduct which sets out the behaviours required of businesses involved in this market and how organisations will ensure effective consumer protection at key stages in the customer journey. The group agreed to provide input into those areas where, as direct and very important customers for home energy improvements, housing associations need to have absolute confidence in the businesses who will ultimately carry the quality mark and fulfil their retrofit programmes.

 
Energy Performance of Buildings Data
EPC data has now been made available for bulk access. This is an important milestone for BEIS and their external stakeholders.

 

By signing up at https://epc.opendatacommunities.org you are now able to filter by key criteria including address, property type and energy rating, and download record level data for all Domestic EPCs, Non-domestic EPCs and Display Energy Certificates in England and Wales.

 

Simply choose your criteria, click “search” in bottom right corner, and then click “all results” to download two zip files (one for main EPC data, and one for all recommendations of those EPCs).

 

A full list of the available data items for each EPC can be found from page 14 of the following publication: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/284/pdfs/uksiod_20160284_en.pdf

 
This week… Next week…
·         Alison and James from the BEIS Review Team attended the Energy UK Energy Efficiency Group meeting on this week to update them on the Review recommendations

Future events

·         Quality Mark workshop April 2017
·         EHC Implementation Event May/June 2017

 

The Each Home Counts 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