FEDERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL TRADE ASSOCIATIONS (FETA)

FETA is the recognised UK body representing the interests of over 400 manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors within the heating, ventilating, building controls, refrigeration & air conditioning industry to policy makers and the wider public.

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CORONAVIRUS ISSUE

A message from the Chief Executive of FETA

No one could have prepared us for the impact which the COVID-19 pandemic would have on every one of our member’s families and businesses over the last six months. It has brought disruption and uncertainty to all and the effects will be long lasting. It would be folly to predict the exact timescale and nature of the recovery but now, more than ever, is the time for resilient responses and forward-looking strategies from industry leaders like yourselves.

Since we closed the doors of the FETA office in March, our team, like everyone else, has embraced the challenge of working from home, adjusting our working practices to ensure we continue to support our members and that we continue to act on their behalf.

One of the many challenges has been ensuring that the meetings which would normally take place at Hare Hatch continued as normal to ensure that our members were still able to debate sector and technical issues through the wide and varied network of committees. We also needed to ensure that those who are representing the sector at both European and International level via membership of groups such as AREA, EPEE and EVIA had a means to feed information back to the membership in a timely manner.

The introduction of Zoom meetings has therefore been a welcome addition over the last few months allowing the many groups to continue their valuable work throughout the Coronavirus lockdown. We all miss the face to face contact and the networking which takes place but having embraced virtual meetings by necessity, many members now see it as a useful tool which we will continue to use alongside traditional meetings as a means to meet more regularly on matters which require it.

In addition to ensuring business continuity for our groups and committees, the FETA team has been actively engaging with a variety of trade bodies and Government departments, supplying a steady flow of relevant information throughout the pandemic to support you and your businesses. The team were involved in a number of areas which arose early in the pandemic including the clarification of Key Worker status; support to meet the ventilator shortage at the start of the crisis and working in conjunction with the Construction Leadership Council on the clarification of Construction Site Operating Procedures.

While COVID-19 has been at the forefront of our minds over the last six months we must not overlook the issue of BREXIT and the looming deadline of 31 December 2020 when the UK will leave the EU Single Market and Customs Union. There are still a number of significant issues which remain a concern for our members, in particular the lack of clarity concerning technical regulatory matters (e.g. transition arrangements on UKCA/CE marking) and we continue to work on your behalf to seek clarity on this. We have accepted the invitation to join some newly formed top-level BSI committees working on post-BREXIT future trade agreements and with the assistance of some key volunteer members have already begun contributing to that critical work.

It is all too easy to be distracted from the significant wind of change arising from the Government’s acceptance in full of the Hackitt Review and the recently released draft Building Safety Bill which sets out radical and far reaching consequences for all of us. Much has been made of the need for a 'culture change' and whether in the shape of additional product standards or 3rd party certification of practitioners the changes are looking to be significant and we need to embrace this as an opportunity to constructively help shape the future and not just be unprepared recipients of it.

Within this overall programme, the work to review Building Regulations was put on hold as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic but this will resume shortly and it must be expected that the continued bad press emanating from the recently resumed Phase 2 of the Grenfell Inquiry and also the desire to match the climate change rhetoric in the run up to the postponed UK-hosted COP26 summit will increasingly drive the desire for radical change. Again, having worked hard over recent years to establish our collective credibility with key ministries, we will need to remain proactive if we are to ensure optimal outcomes.

One of the key strengths of a Trade Association is our collective voice and we need this more than ever as we look to influence key ministries and agencies. The next six months will undoubtedly carry a great degree of uncertainty as businesses embrace new challenges and we will endeavour to provide assistance and support as you strive to navigate not only through, but, even more importantly, beyond the pandemic.

Russell Beattie
Chief Executive
FETA

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FETA is the low cost but high profile UK trade body which represents the diverse interests of manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors within the building services sector. It is split into six principle Associations ADCAS, BCIA, BFCMA, BRA, HEVAC and HPA.

Product types covered by FETA include ductwork, ducts, duct insulation,  pre insulated ductwork, dampers, grilles, louvres, building controls, flues, chimneys, refrigerated display cabinets, chilled cabinets, refrigeration contractors, refrigeration equipment, refrigeration components, refrigeration end users, air conditioning, air curtain, air distribution, air handling unit, chilled beam, chilled ceiling, demand controlled ventilation, fan coil unit, fans, ventilation, filter, fire damper, smoke damper, humidity, residential ventilation, smoke control, heat pumps

News

BCIA announces winner of Schoolz Out competition

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced the winner of its Schoolz Out competition, which challenged school pupils to design an energy saving product or initiative for their school which uses an element of control to save energy.

Seven year old Edgar Vann is the lucky winner of an iPad for his idea, which was based on a solar powered system designed to save water by collecting rain water to use in place of mains water. Edgar included a diagram of how the system would work at his school, with the headteacher being able to operate a heating system for the collected water from their office.

Edgar said: “I enjoyed designing our energy saving school and I hope things like this will change the future.”

Solar power was a popular theme amongst the entries, with other designs including a solar powered fan control system and a solar powered, roof mounted weather station that controlled the school’s heating system.

Terry Sharp, BCIA President, said: “I was really impressed with the standard of entries, which have shown just how switched on many school children are about the environment. I would like to congratulate Edgar on his well deserved win and thank everybody who took part in the competition. The judging panel had a very tough job in deciding the winner and it was great to get an early glimpse at the future talent that could one day become key figures in our industry.”

28-09-2020

Winners announced at first ever BCIA Virtual Awards

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) hosted its first ever Virtual Awards on Thursday 10 September 2020. The event was held in aid of Mind, a charity which provides advice and support to empower millions of people across the UK dealing with mental health issues.

Finalists and guests got dressed up for the occasion and enjoyed the event virtually via the ‘Hopin’ platform, where they were able to meet and mingle with their industry friends and colleagues in the networking area before heading over to the ‘main stage’ for the Awards ceremony, which was followed by a live performance online by comedian Suzi Ruffell.

The first award of the night was for the Building Controls and BEMS Installer of the Year, which was won by Global Associates.

Jake Piner of InTandem Systems and Lawrence Nunn of Crown House Technologies then took the trophies for Young Engineer of the Year and Engineer of the Year respectively, followed by Kendra Energy Solutions claiming the first of their two prizes won on the night in the category for Best Service and Maintenance Provider.

Sontay’s Smart Sensor was voted as the Technical Innovation of the Year in the ‘Products’ category, while Ecopilot and E.ON Control Solutions claimed the ‘Projects’ award for Technical Innovation of the Year for their work at Parexel’s Nottingham facility.

For the third year running, One Sightsolutions were victorious in the Contribution to Training category, and thanks to their work at the University College London Student Centre, Kendra Energy Solutions won their second prize of the night in the Smart Buildings Award - a new category for 2020. Thanks to their BeMS Optimisation project with Morrisons, Optimised Buildings also won their second consecutive Energy Management Award.

The final award on the night was for Outstanding Contribution of the Year, which went to Sam Saunders of E.ON Control Solutions. Sam has used his knowledge and experience to help with the development of skills and training courses for people in the BEMS sector. More recently he has been a key figure in the Trailblazer Employer Group. He has also strived to ensure that his organisation invests in apprentices and continuous professional development. 

 

Terry Sharp, President of the BCIA, said: “I would like to congratulate all the winners of this year’s BCIA Awards. As ever there was some very tough competition in all the categories and all the finalists can feel proud of their achievements.”

Commenting on the Virtual Awards, Terry added: “It obviously wasn’t quite the event we usually look forward to but I am extremely grateful to everybody who joined us online for the evening, dressed up and got into the celebratory spirit. It is this kind of camaraderie that makes this industry such a pleasure to be a part of, and I hope it is not too long before we can all meet up again properly.”

17-09-2020

 

Role of BeMS will be key in managing building safety as well as efficiency

With companies looking at how they can safely bring their staff back to work, the Building Controls industry Association (BCIA) believes that it is more important than ever that building energy management systems (BeMS) are correctly installed and maintained. The BCIA also says correct utilisation of BEMS will be vital, with many buildings finding themselves under-occupied since the beginning of lockdown in March.

Terry Sharp, BCIA President, said: “Many companies and their employees have demonstrated that they can remain engaged with their work through online meetings and document sharing. The technology that enables this has of course been available to us for years, but it has taken a global pandemic to make us fully appreciate its benefits.

“We can apply a similar logic to smart buildings and the BeMS systems that have proved beneficial during lockdown and will continue to do so after, as we will undoubtedly need to adapt to new work practices in the future. A BeMS can keep unoccupied or partially occupied buildings ticking over, saving energy and maintenance costs. Office staff may be working remotely but in instances where factory or warehouse workers have to go into work then the BeMS will be scheduling main plant to only serve the occupied areas and zones – avoiding energy wastage in unoccupied spaces.”

With regard to the safety of staff, the BCIA also predicts an increase in the use of tools like occupancy analytics. Terry Sharp added: “Organisations may have to re-evaluate how they use their spaces and this could cause problems in buildings with a smaller floor area. Occupancy analytics could therefore play a key role particularly with space optimisation as companies bring employees back to work whilst simultaneously ensuring their health, comfort, and productivity is not negatively affected.”

www.bcia.co.uk

04-09-2020

In July 2020 the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government published Guidance titled "Building Regulations and Approved Documents index" which is an enhanced Manual to the Building Regulations designed to be clear and useful for a range of audiences, and a fully searchable PDF of all Approved Documents.

The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety led by Dame Judith Hackitt made a number of recommendations to enhance the safety of buildings, including to reinstate an enhanced Manual to the Building Regulations (PDF, 8.94MB, 62 pages) and to publish a fully searchable PDF of all Approved Documents.

MHCLG say this new edition of the manual has been designed to be clear and useful for a range of audiences, and is split into two volumes: an accessible overview and a more detailed set of guidance.

The Manual to the Building Regulations (PDF, 8.94MB, 62 pages) and the Merged Approved Documents (PDF, 24.1MB, 1274 pages) are available from https://www.gov.uk/guidance/building-regulations-and-approved-documents-index

2 Sept 2020

The BCIA is proud to support Smart Buildings Show - Virtual Conference 2020

The BCIA is proud to be supporting the inaugural Smart Buildings Show - Virtual Conference 2020, which will take place from the 13-15 October 2020. 

This new, interactive event will contain content from the world’s biggest and best smart buildings companies, who will be talking about their experiences of smart buildings in this ever changing work environment.

Day one will focus on Connected Management, how will buildings be managed post-covid? These sessions will look at how a smart building is managed, including FM, software, security, sector analysis and market information, integration, data analysis and services.

Day two will highlight Connected Controls and will take an in depth look at the latest equipment and software which is available on the market.

The focus for the final day will be The New Workplace. Coronavirus has had a massive effect on the workplace in 2020 and these sessions will show how building owners and facilities managers can use smart buildings technology to get people back to work in a safe and productive way.  

Each day will also feature a virtual panel discussion where some of the industry’s most influential figures will examine each theme in depth.

The event has already attracted high profile sponsors, including; Bluetooth SIG, Schneider Electric and Trend and will be one of the few places in 2020 where the industry will be able to meet and discuss the exciting world of smart buildings. Participation as a delegate is free.

Click here to find out more or contact Claire Hatchett on 01923 437617, email: c.hatchett@turretgroup.com

27-08-2020

SCA members commit to strict compliance requirements

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has announced that all of its members have signed up to stringent new membership requirements designed to maintain the highest industry standards.

Key amongst the updated membership requirements is the stipulation that all products installed as part of life safety smoke ventilation systems should be independently tested and certified to the EN12101 series of standards and CE marked.

The new framework also includes a requirement that members who install smoke control systems must apply for and receive SDI 19 Certification Scheme accreditation providing a guarantee that they have the necessary skill and experience in fire strategy verification, system design, installation and commissioning in accordance with industry standards and guidelines.

As well as adapting its membership criteria, the SCA has introduced a new formal complaints procedure in order to effectively handle any concerns or allegations that standards have fallen below expected levels or an organisation has failed to adhere to the SCA code of conduct.

In the wake of the Grenfell tragedy and the subsequent review of building regulations and fire safety standards, the SCA has taken great strides in addressing many of the challenges laid out in Dame Judith Hackitt’s report, demonstrating the leadership needed to drive a shift in culture. Dame Judith recently warned that the current economic downturn could be used as an excuse for further poor practice and delay but the SCA will continue to do everything it can to raise standards and build on the progress that has already been made.

David Mowatt, Chairman of the SCA, comments, “The SCA has been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that both existing and prospective new members appreciate the importance of adhering to the highest possible standards when installing, inspecting and maintaining smoke control equipment and systems. In complying with the new requirements, the SCA membership has clearly demonstrated a commitment to best practice and can be relied upon to provide expert advice and guidance to consultants, specifiers and building operators. “

The SCA membership includes manufacturers, designers and installers and any organisation involved in the design, service, maintenance, manufacture and supply of smoke control equipment can apply to join the association.

For further information please visit: www.smokecontrol.org.uk

 

13 August 2008

 

Note to Editors

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) is an independent body of experts all involved in various aspects of the smoke control sector. The Association works in many fields including the publication of guides related to smoke control systems and products.

The SCA is part of FETA – the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations – a UK body representing the interests of over 400 manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors within heating, ventilating, building controls, refrigeration and air conditioning.

 

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BCIA Schoolz Out competition closes on 31 August 2020

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is issuing a reminder to school pupils not to miss out on the chance to win an exciting prize.

The BCIA’s Schoolz Out competition challenges school pupils to design an energy saving product or initiative for their school which uses an element of control to save energy, and the 31 August 2020 entry deadline is now looming.

Terry Sharp, BCIA President, said: “We have had some really good entries so far and I’m delighted to see how engaged and motivated young people are to improve the environment they are growing up in. You never know, some of the entrants might already be thinking about a career in building design - the judging panel has got a tough job ahead in deciding on the winning entries.”

The Schoolz Out competition is open to two age categories; age 10 and under, and age 11-16, with a prize to be awarded to the winner in each category.

There is still time to enter, the closing date for entries is Monday 31 August 2020 and the winning entries will be revealed on 17 September 2020.

Full details and an Entry Form are available at https://bcia.co.uk/awards/schoolz-out-2020/

bcia.co.uk

12-08-2020

John Lilburn

It is with sadness that we have to report the recent death of John Lilburn.  John was a popular member of the BRA Refrigerated Display Cabinet Section over a 25 year period up to 2015. 

After an early career in the Merchant Navy and a period of retraining for an HNC in Mechanical/Production engineering in the late 80s, John joined Craig Nicol Ltd in R&D shortly before Craig Nicol became Hussmann Ltd in April 1988.  When the Glasgow Hussmann factory closed and the business transferred to Milton Keynes, John was transferred with them as Technical Manager with Hussmann Europe.   After 17 years with Craig Nicol/Hussmann, when Hussmann Europe restructured John started his consultancy Cool Solutions in 2004 and ran it successfully until he closed it in 2017.

During his time in the industry, John participated in the work of the BRA refrigerated display cabinet section offering his expertise on a variety of projects.

We extend our condolences to John's family and friends at this sad time.

10-08-2020

 

John Morley

John Morley, who formerly led DuPont’s refrigeration technical efforts and programmes in Europe, has sadly died. He was 78.

After spending his entire career at DuPont (now Chemours), he earned great respect for his refrigerants knowledge at a time of enormous transition for the industry. He retired in 2007 but, until recently, continued to be involved with the industry on a voluntary basis.

John joined DuPont after graduation in the mid 1970s based at its plant in Maydown, Northern Ireland. He moved to work at DuPont in San Paulo, Brazil, for many years before joining DuPont’s fluorochemicals business at the company’s global technical centre in Wilmington, Delaware, in the late 1980s.

In 1992, he relocated back to the UK as technical programmes manager/technical manager for fluorochemicals in Europe, Middle East and Africa. During this time he was at the forefront of DuPont’s efforts to transition from CFCs to HCFCs to HFCs and was involved in the very early days of the development of HFOs.

He represented DuPont on many key EU technical and standards committees and gave freely of his time to ACRIB, the BRA and the Institute of Refrigeration. After his official retirement in 2007, he continued to serve the industry on a voluntary basis on Institute of Refrigeration, ACRIB and British Standards committees.

He will be remembered by many around the world for his personality, sense of humour, positive attitude at all times and his supportive nature.

24-07-2020

A new Heat Commission convened by the CBI and University of Birmingham - with leading industry figures - has called on the Government to ban the installation of conventional gas boilers in homes from 2025.

Heat is the largest single source of UK carbon emissions, accounting for over one-third. Half of this comes from domestic buildings, the majority of which are heated by natural gas boilers.

Net Zero: The Road to Low-Carbon Heat also recommends that substantial acceleration in decarbonising heat in buildings and industrial processes is needed. The Commission proposes that the Government focuses on rapidly stimulating business investment in new technologies and phasing out all fossil fuel heating systems by 2050.

As the UK grapples with the twin challenges of recovering from the pandemic and accelerating progress towards the UK’s net-zero target, the Commission’s new report outlines a series of practical recommendations to decarbonise heat, improve energy efficiency and promote transition to low carbon technologies, while delivering overall benefits to the whole economy.

CBI President and Heat Commission Chair, Lord Karan Bilimoria, said:

“A green recovery and progress towards the UK’s net-zero emission target are doomed to fail if we don’t address the urgent need to decarbonise the heat in our homes and buildings.

“Recent Government announcements will undoubtedly fast-forward our transition towards net-zero. The Commission’s recommendations offer a roadmap to accelerate progress, ensure our nation stays on a path to sustainable recovery and ensures the UK remains a global leader in meeting climate commitments.

“Aside from the moral imperative, there’s also a strong economic case for protecting our planet. Large scale heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency would provide a huge jobs boost for the economy at a time when new career opportunities are needed more than ever.”

 

Key Commission recommendations include:

  • From 2025, conventional natural gas boilers should no longer be installed in people’s homes, with alternatives such as heat pumps, hybrid systems, and hydrogen-ready boilers being installed instead.
    • To ensure the UK is on track to meet net-zero emissions by 2050, all new heating installations will need to be zero-carbon by 2035, by then only net-zero compatible technologies like air source or ground source heat pumps, hydrogen boilers or heat networks should be deployed.
  • Prioritising energy efficiency to prepare for the roll-out of a nationwide heat infrastructure upgrade that will support new jobs and skills opportunities.
    • A national energy efficiency programme is needed to successful deliver low-carbon heat. This will build on the welcome funding announced by the Chancellor this month through the Green Homes Grant and help create new jobs and training opportunities in the wake of the crisis.
  • Establish a time-limited ‘Olympics-style’ national delivery body to lead the development and implementation of a national heat decarbonisation strategy, which can be delivered by relevant government departments and co-ordinates at both a regional and local level.
    • Priorities include decarbonising transport and industrial emissions reduction, decentralising electricity supplies and support local energy plans devised by local authorities.

Professor Martin Freer, University of Birmingham, said:

"Delivering decarbonisation of heating is the biggest energy challenge we face in getting to net-zero. Unlike electricity, which can be changed at a systems level, it requires over 20 million households to adopt new energy efficiency measures and new ways of generating heat.

“There is not a single technology choice and the scale-up required in skills, manufacturing, distribution infrastructure and consumer engagement is huge. The level of coordination to deliver this needs to reach from the regional to national, with appropriate resource being devolved to the local level to be successful. The level of complexity and the urgency for change means the transition cannot be left to chance and a national delivery body is essential."

The report can be downloaded here

22-07-2020

Increasing concern about the continued use of illegally imported refrigerant gas has prompted the UK’s main F-Gas certification body REFCOM to issue a stark warning to ‘rogue’ refrigeration and air conditioning contractors.

It warned all “unscrupulous operators” that the authorities were closing in following the successful confiscation of illegal products being used by a firm in Derbyshire.

Following a tip off, REFCOM alerted local trading standards officers, who along with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), seized and disposed of the dangerous gases contained in non-refillable cylinders.

It later emerged that the refrigerant in the cylinders was also counterfeit as the cylinder advertised the contents as being R134a, which is non flammable, but the gas contained in the cylinder was shown to be flammable.  This issue has been raised by various organisations as being a potential risk in purchasing illegally imported refrigerants.

“The continued use of these illegally imported refrigerants by unscrupulous contractors is a very serious problem,” said Head of REFCOM Graeme Fox. “Not only do they damage the environment and atmosphere, but can be an extreme danger to life and property.

“The consequences of using flammable refrigerant in equipment not designed to work with this type of gas in such a critical environment hardly bear thinking about,” said Mr Fox.

Despite the successful outcome of this investigation, Mr Fox is concerned that the enforcement of the F-Gas Regulation remains “patchy and inadequate”.

“Authorities need to raise their game to enforce existing legislation because there are still far too many ‘cowboy operators’ using illegal products that they buy online,” he said.

However, Mr Fox said the Derbyshire incident proved that the ‘cowboys’ were now on notice and  REFCOM would play an important role in helping authorities stamp out dangerous and illegal behaviour.

21-07-2020

New Heat Pump Guide to support UK Industry

SOME OF the UK’s most experienced clean energy experts have joined forces to create a new guide for domestic heat pump installers. This new heat pump guide creates a single source of best practice guidance to support the UK heat pump industry.

The Guide has been collaboratively crafted by MCS in partnership with Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC), Energy Saving Trust and Heat Pump Association (HPA). It streamlines advice by providing a single source of best practice on technical guidance and consumer protection.

Published this week, it is designed to support heat pump installers solve technical and contractual problems. With it, installers can easily deploy best practice solutions and processes in a compliant and legal way. It sits alongside the MCS Heat Pump Standard and will support MCS certified installers with every aspect of the design, installation and commissioning of heat pumps.

The transformation of domestic energy will play a significant role in achieving 2050 net zero targets with heat pumps playing an increasingly important role in delivering low carbon domestic heat. Publication of the Guide is timely in light of Government’s low carbon heat spending announcements last week.

Ian Rippin, CEO of MCS said: “With the market for heat pumps likely to grow significantly, it is important that consumers have confidence in the products that will be installed into their home. Building consumer confidence in low-carbon heat is critical to aiding market growth. Building that trust depends on both technical expertise and contractual best practice. So, we welcome this new Guide which provides all this support to installers in one place.”

The contractual section of the guide examines every aspect of the consumer journey with a focus on the performance claims that underpin contract agreements. It was written by consumer protection specialists who have audited hundreds of companies installing small-scale renewable heat technologies.

Virginia Graham, CEO of RECC said: “Designing and installing heat pumps systems requires considerable skill. Providing consumers with accurate information about an unfamiliar heating technology is vital but challenging. So, I am delighted that installers can now find accessible guidance on the whole process in one place. I commend it to our members.”

Mike Thornton, CEO of Energy Saving Trust said: “If government plans for decarbonising heat are to be realised then there will need to be a significant increase in low carbon and renewable heat options including heat pumps.  However, it is vitally important that these technologies are installed effectively so the benefits for the end users including householders can be realised.  We believe the application of this guide will go a significant way to ensuring this happens and we encourage all suppliers to use it”.

The Heat Pump Guide is now available in the Standards and Tools Library online, www.mcscertified.com

14-07-2020

Heat Pump Association reacts to Summer Statement from Chancellor

The Heat Pump Association has welcomed Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Summer Statement, which looks set to build on promises that the UK will continue to invest in green technology in an effort to reduce greenhouse emissions in social housing and the public sector. However, the HPA believes the UK is still at risk of falling short if some crucial details are not clarified.

On 8th July, the Chancellor delivered his Summer Statement setting out a package of measures to support the economy as the UK seeks to recover from the impact of COVID-19. Mr Sunak emphasised the importance of improving the energy efficiency of homes and reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

A £2 billion Green Homes Grant will be introduced to help homeowners and landlords make their homes more efficient. Vouchers offered will cover at least two-thirds of the cost, up to £5,000 per household. For the worst off, the scheme will cover the full cost of energy efficiency measures up to £10,000 per household.

The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, a £50 million pilot scheme, is aimed at helping social landlords improve the least energy-efficient social rented properties to help create warmer homes and lower annual energy bills for some of the lowest income households.

Graham Wright, Chairman of the HPA, said: “There is a lot of detail to iron out here, however, it appears there is something for landlords, homeowners and those who campaign on behalf of low-income households. Although the amount of money is smaller than that promised for Home Upgrade Grants in the manifesto, it is being brought forwards and should be spent sooner with bigger impact than the sector could have hoped for.”

In addition to the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, a Clean Growth Strategy sets out the government’s ambition to halve greenhouse gas emissions from the public sector by 2032. To help achieve this and support economic recovery, the government will invest £1 billion over the next year in a Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme that will offer grants to public sector bodies, including schools and hospitals, to fund both energy efficiency and low carbon heat upgrades.

In response Graham Wright added: “The amount of funding here is significant. With Local Authorities and other public bodies engaged in a race to declare a climate emergency in recent years, I would expect strong interest in funding that could be used to achieve these ambitions. It will be interesting to see how this funding could be combined, for example with Renewable Heat Incentive payments or the Heat Networks Investment Project.”

www.heatpumps.org.uk

13-07-2020