Bonfield Review

27 Jan Bonfield Review

Accreditation bodies have welcomed the publication on Friday (16 Dec) of the long-awaited Bonfield Review, and its emphasis on the importance of EPCs, but Elmhurst Energy said it was disappointed with some of the report’s omissions.

Elmhurst said the report avoids a detailed analysis of why Green Deal was not well received by consumers, the findings of which may have better informed the industry and government on how to tackle fuel poverty, poor energy efficiency in the UK housing stock and climate change targets.

However assessors now have an opportunity to give feedback on the report before action is taken on any of its recommendations.

The report was commissioned from BRE Group Chief Executive Peter Bonfield (right) in 2015, and as late as December of that year we were confidently being assured that it would be out by the end of March of this year.

The long delay before publication has tended to suggest that the Government may also have had reservations about the report, which we were told would be called Every Home Matters, but finally came out under the name Each Home Counts.

Despite having the scope of reviewing ‘Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’, the report instead focuses on improving the quality of installation and providing consumers with better advice.

The report recommends the need for a ‘quality mark’ for the domestic retrofit sector, with a new ‘Code of Conduct’; ‘Codes of Practice’ and a ‘Consumer Charter’.

Elmhurst Managing Director Martyn Reed (left) said: “We commend the Bonfield team on a well presented report, and it was particularly pleasing that Energy Performance Certificates are seen as the start point for energy efficiency measures and at the core of a new ‘data warehouse’.

“Unfortunately there is no analysis of the low take up of Green Deal plans and it is unclear why the new proposition would be more attractive. However, an expectation that  ‘new private investors’ will be entering the market could be exciting.

“There is also no indication as to whether the role of Green Deal Advisors and Assessors will change in the future, but it is reassuring that assessments are to remain as an important tool. We look forward to working with BRE and the implementation team to help make this scheme a success.”

Andy Parkin, Technical Manager of Stroma Certification said: “Stroma welcomes the publishing of the Bonfield Review following the earlier delay to its release.

“We will be fully reviewing the content of the report as a business over the Christmas period and will issue a full comment and response to members and customers in the new year.”

The report sets out the recommendations from the review chaired by Peter Bonfield, with ‘workstreams’ led by industry representatives from across the sector.

It makes a number of key recommendations, and BEIS said in the next stage, industry will develop detailed plans to implement “the vision set out in the report”.

As part of the initial stage of planning, the Review Team invites feedback on the review recommendations and related proposals for action.  Feedback can be sent to EachHomeCountsReport@beis.gov.uk until 31 January 2017.

BEIS said: “Feedback provided will then be considered in the context of implementation going forward.”

To read the full report go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/each-home-counts-review-of-consumer-advice-protection-standards-and-enforcement-for-energy-efficiency-and-renewable-energy