Each Home Counts Newsletter 8 July 2016

‘Bonfield Review’  Newsletter

08th July 2016



As ever, things are moving apace! This week the Review team have been again been focussing on securing ministerial buy-in and support for the proposed recommendations, whilst working to complete the report and plan the publication.


We are still negotiating a report publication date and will let you know when that will be in due course.

Implementation Board
The sixth Implementation Board meeting was held on Thursday 07th July chaired by Ben Golding, Deputy Director, DECC.  After an update on the structure of the report, the majority of the meeting was spent discussing the high level proposed Review recommendations. The key topics discussed include:

·       Quality Mark for the energy efficiency and renewable energy sector underpinned by a new framework with three key elements: Code of Conduct, Consumer Charter and Codes of Practice.

·       Clarity for redress for consumers: single point of contact

·       Advice: setting up information hub and a  property level data warehouse

·       Standards: an umbrella framework of standards

·       Skills: embed core knowledge of energy efficiency

·       Future apprenticeship levy: how that links into the recommendations

·       Compliance and enforcement: robust guarantees and insurance, sharing data, monitoring and sanctions

·       Insulation:  information gathering pre installation and design

·       Smart-meters: organisations take a coordinated approach on advice tailored to consumers.

·       Home energy technologies: ensure new technologies can integrate with the proposed overall framework going forward



This week…. Next week…..
·        The implementation board was held on Thursday 7th July to discuss the Review report and the high level recommendations.

·       Also on Thursday 07th July, the Review team met with UKAS to discuss the Review Recommendations.


Future Events


·        Quality & Standards first Retrofit Task Group meeting Monday 11th July 2016
·        Quality & Standards first PAS 2030/2031 Steering Group Wednesday 13th July 2016
·        Skills & training workshop Wednesday 17th August 2016
·        Home Energy Technologies workshop

·        Advice and Guidance workshops

Early September 2016

August/September 2016

In other news……
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) consultation was published on Wednesday 29th June 2016 and is available at the following link:

ECO:  https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/energy-company-obligation-eco-help-to-heat


The ECO consultation makes reference to the Review Report.  See below quote:


“Bonfield Review

The installation of measures to improve the energy performance of existing properties has the potential to make homes warmer, cheaper to heat, and more attractive to live in. However, it is important that the right measures are fitted in the right properties and that they are installed to a suitable standard which is properly enforced. Consumer needs must also be fully taken into account, including how a consumer uses their property before and after measures are installed and that they are properly protected if an installation fails. A greater focus on quality across the supply chain will also help ensure that Government support is as effective as possible.

For this reason, DECC and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) jointly commissioned Dr Peter Bonfield to undertake an independent review into consumer advice, protection, standards and enforcement for energy efficiency and renewable energy in existing domestic homes.

We are keen to ensure that the recommendations from this review can be considered alongside the development of future schemes to support the delivery of high quality measures to consumers.”


The Bonfield Review Team
The team is:

Peter Bonfield, Kanta Nar, Ben Golding, Matt Webb, Pam Wynne, Lynne Ebdon, Diana Menville and;

Name: Work-stream Lead on:
Alison Oliver Advice & Guidance, Insulation/Fabric, Holistic Property Consideration
Will Field Home Energy Technologies
Smart Meters, Compliance & Enforcement
Quality & Standards, Consumer Protection, Skills & Training

Last week we sadly said goodbye to Elaine Simpson who has returned to work at BRE.  We wish Elaine all the best with her future role.  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, [email protected]