Each Home Counts Newsletter 8 January 2016

Welcome back to the next chapter of the Bonfield Review, we hope you have had a restful period.


Momentum continues to build on the Review and the workstreams are well underway.  As we head towards March when we will be producing the final report for the Review, all the workstreams will be focussing on producing roadmaps for taking forward their recommended actions for energy efficiency and renewable energy.


Our Newsletters will become a more regular feature and we have a number of exciting things to update you on this week.…


The Bonfield 10


The core team that is supporting Peter Bonfield with the Review has been expanding its membership and now has lead contacts for all the workstreams.  The team is:


Peter Bonfield, Kanta Nar, Richard Mellish, Matt Webb, Michael McIlroy and;


Name Workstream Lead on
Alison Oliver Advice & Guidance, Insulation
Elaine Simpson Smart Meters, Compliance & Enforcement
Lynne Ebdon Skills & Training
Will Field Renewables
Sherif Kahky Quality & Standards, Consumer Protection


If you want to get in contact with any of the leads about the workstreams then please email us at [email protected], our joint email account.  We welcome your interest in the workstreams.


Workstreams Update


The New Year has already started with an active week for the Review.


Highlights from this week include a productive session that was held today for the Skills and Training workstream led by Liz Male of Trustmark bringing together a small group of industry experts.  Earlier this week great progress was made by a core group of industry leads to build a straw-man for the future shape of the insulation and fabric improvement sectors.  This will provide the foundation for discussion at a wider insulation summit next week on 13 January.


It has been recognised that taking a holistic approach for property assessments before the installation of energy efficiency and renewable energy products is vital for the sector going forward.  David Adams from Wilmott Dixon has kindly agreed to explore this requirement further and how it links with all the relevant workstreams.


In our future newsletters, we’re going to be keeping you up to date with the detailed progress being made in each of the workstreams.  In this first update, we’ve got some news from the Compliance and Enforcement workstream.


Enforcement News


Twenty experts from across the industry met on 16th December 2015 for the initial workstream meeting on Compliance and Enforcement for the Bonfield Review. The day was kindly hosted by BBA.


After initial introductions, the attendees split into two task groups led by Claire Curtis-Thomas and Brian Moore. The topics of discussion covered legal powers, regulation, sanctions, a code of conduct, vetting, complaints, data sharing and funding.


Three key work areas were identified to take forward: Outlining the content for a Code of Conduct plus related architecture (led by Virginia Graham, RECC)

  • The shape and activities of a “regulator” for the Code of Conduct (led by Jon Harley, Gemserve)
  • Defining those who will be included in the Code of Conduct “approved list” (led by Mike Ormesher, Knauf Insulation)


Working groups in these areas will start to delve into more detail at a follow-up meeting on 15th January 2016.


As always, do continue to send in your comments, ideas and articles for any of the workstreams under the Review by email to [email protected].  Together we will continue to be successful with our progress with the Review!


Look out for the next issue of our Newsletter next week.