Government Publishes Bonfield Review
The Government has published the long-awaited Bonfield Review - Each Home Counts.
Commissioned in July 2015, the review sets out to deliver consumer protection policy recommendations for people installing energy efficiency and renewable energy measures in their homes.
The review’s key recommendation is the establishment of a new ‘quality mark’ for all energy efficiency and renewable energy measures and for all companies operating in this sector. It also calls for an ‘Information Hub’ to be established to provide impartial advice to consumers, as well as a ‘Data Warehouse’ to enable the provision of practical, authoritative and specific information.
Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at UK Green Building council said:
“The Bonfield Review has produced some welcome recommendations to provide consumers with a quality service when making energy efficiency improvements to their homes.
“However, there is simply not a comprehensive policy framework to assign these consumer protections to. The Government must clarify a timetable for improving the energy efficiency of our housing stock and introduce measures to drive consumer demand.
“Rightly, the review highlights that conscientious organisations with the quality mark must not lose work to other organisations which are able to offer cheaper prices because of substandard work or lower quality assurance.
“In a number of instances, the review notes the presence of private investors looking to increase lending to the sector; and it has been mooted elsewhere that this might be through the purchase of the Green Deal Finance Company. Whatever the mechanism for channelling finance, it has to be based on a long-term, stable policy environment.”