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A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by The Warmer Group's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from The Warmer Group is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.thewarmergroup.co.uk

BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
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18 | VIRIDIS BUILDING SERVICES LTD
This is perhaps best illustrated by
example. We worked as the design
engineers for the new headquarters for
Newark and Sherwood District Council.
At the outset of the project, we asked
the council to increase the height of
each floor and once we had completed
our analysis, we were able to fully
ventilate the building naturally and
save around £1 million, which would
have been spent on artificial cooling.
By focusing on the first stage in great
detail, we were able to make the rest
of the process much easier.
Tackling misinformation
One of the main issues we encounter
regularly is misinformation
surrounding energy efficiency,
nearly zero energy and net zero
buildings. Often, when we engage
with clients, we have to correct a
number of preconceptions and there
is a general lack of understanding
around what is required in order to
deliver energy-efficient buildings. This
is not limited to a design perspective
but also encompasses the majority
of the processes and is often most
concentrated around the installation
industries. Many businesses have
become accustomed to installing two
or three times as much equipment as
is actually necessary.
It is essential that clients are
presented with what is necessary and
appropriate. These efficiency savings
can prove vital when considering the
wider financial viabilities or projects. If
a proposed development is limited by
a fixed budget, these efficiency savings
can be the difference between the
development coming to fruition and it
remaining uncompleted.
Bringing in the next
generation
As we look ahead, we are really
excited about the next few years.
Weare targeting sustainable growth,
building on the progress we have
already made. As a practice, we have
been very selective when deciding
which projects to take on and how
we have developed our team. We
want to be seen as technical and
commercial experts within our industry
and, going ahead, we are aiming to
grow this reputation further in the
regions in which we operate while
also breaking into the London market
and expanding into other larger
Scottishcities.
To help achieve this, we have partnered
with the University of Nottingham to
aid the development of our team. We
attended their careers fair and now
bring in second-year interns and those
needing placements, developing these
graduates into full-time positions.
We have also engaged with Glasgow
Caledonian University and are looking
at ways to partner with them.
In our current climate, with both
environmental and commercial
concerns very high on our clients’
list of priorities, we are excited to
be developing our energy-efficient
designs, processes and team to provide
meaningful solutions.
Both
environmental
and
commercial
concerns are
very high on
our clients’ list
of priorities
Viridis take the time to
thoroughly understand
projects from inception
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HOUSING
Managing Director
DannyGodfrey
Pushing for sustainability
and energy efficiency
The Warmer Group Ltd is an insulation company which has
been trading for over 32 years. In that time, according to
Managing Director Danny Godfrey, the firm has insulated
approximately 150,000 domestic and commercial properties.
From their headquarters in Ferndown, Dorset, Danny and his
team are able to cover the entire south of England. Danny tells
The Parliamentary Review
about how the Warmer Group keeps
homes warm and about their drive for greater sustainability in
the sector.
In 1997 the government created the Home Energy Conservation Act, which opened
up an opportunity to steadily grow my business. However, every three years, the
government decided to change tack and re-design the various schemes, which
meant I had to discover ways to diversify my company in order to accommodate
these changes. Subsequently I had to reduce my workforce until the new scheme
was up and running.
In 2013 to 2014 the company diversified into renewable energy and I launched
six green energy centres designed to allow homeowners to obtain information
regarding the various new heating sources and the subsidies involved.
The company was highly successful, and I employed approximately 140 personnel
to accommodate the workload. I won various awards, including the Green Apple
Award, in recognition of the company’s best environmental practice. During
this time, I was also interviewed by the BBC, and our turnover was around
£13.4million.
FACTS ABOUT
THE WARMER GROUP
»Managing Director:
DannyGodfrey
»Founded in 1988
»Located in Ferndown, Dorset
»Services: Cavity wall and loft
insulation
»No. of employees: 28
»Part of the largest insulation
network in the UK, The Insta
Group
»KIWA-approved
»Danny is also Chairman
of the Ferndown Business
Improvement District Scheme
and a magistrate
The Warmer Group
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In 2014 to 2015, the subsidies for
the various schemes were reduced
dramatically, which had an immediate
detrimental effect on my business. Due
to the downturn in work, we had to
shut all our green energy centres and
concentrate once again on our main
core business, which is cavity wall and
loftinsulation.
Due to the vast change, numerous
insulation companies had to dissolve,
and business became increasingly
difficult. However, I managed to
sustain The Warmer Group by cashing
in my pension and mortgaging
myhome.
The Warmer Group today
Today I employ 28 people, with four
domestic energy assessors who carry
out technical surveys on properties
to ascertain whether the property is
suitable for cavity wall or loft insulation
and whether the occupier is eligible for
a government grant. Our turnover now
is approximately £2.1 million.
Over the last three years, government-
funded schemes have primarily focused
on fuel poverty. The Energy Company
Obligation scheme means that large
gas and electricity suppliers are obliged
to help households improve their
energy efficiency within homes.
Carrying out these measures helps
homeowners save money on their
energy bills, keep homes warmer
and contributes to a reduction in
carbon emissions. As part of ECO, the
government estimates that energy
efficiency and heating measures worth
£640 million a year will be delivered
across Great Britain.
A heated debate
We work very closely with social
housing providers, local authorities,
managing agents, private landlords
and homeowners. Occupiers who are
on a lower income tend to suffer from
poorly heated and uninsulated homes,
which can lead to condensation
and mould growth. This can have
healthimplications.
I regularly attend properties and
conduct inspections for condensation,
rising damp, mould growth and
inadequately insulated homes and can
offer a solution to these problems. With
this in mind, in 2005, I designed and
patented a product called Easyvent Ltd.
Easyvent is a vent that fits easily into
the roof space between the felt and
allows easy passage for warm, moist
air to filter to the outside. Easyvent has
a BBA certification and we have sold in
the region of 2.6 million of them. It has
been widely acclaimed as a cheap and
easy solution to reducing condensation.
I have designed a further vent,
which is in the process of the patent
beingapproved.
Cavity claim
Cavity insulation claims are an issue
across the whole of the insulation
network. Approximately two years
ago, the industry started to suffer
from a number of claims in relation
to alleged poorly insulated properties.
The insulation company would receive
a claim that included a report, images
and details of compensation.
Uddens Trading Estate,
Ferndown, Wimborne,
Dorset
I regularly
attend
properties and
conduct
inspections for
condensation,
rising damp,
mould growth
and
inadequately
insulated
homes and can
offer a solution
to these
problems
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
20 | THE WARMER GROUP
In 2014 to 2015, the subsidies for
the various schemes were reduced
dramatically, which had an immediate
detrimental effect on my business. Due
to the downturn in work, we had to
shut all our green energy centres and
concentrate once again on our main
core business, which is cavity wall and
loftinsulation.
Due to the vast change, numerous
insulation companies had to dissolve,
and business became increasingly
difficult. However, I managed to
sustain The Warmer Group by cashing
in my pension and mortgaging
myhome.
The Warmer Group today
Today I employ 28 people, with four
domestic energy assessors who carry
out technical surveys on properties
to ascertain whether the property is
suitable for cavity wall or loft insulation
and whether the occupier is eligible for
a government grant. Our turnover now
is approximately £2.1 million.
Over the last three years, government-
funded schemes have primarily focused
on fuel poverty. The Energy Company
Obligation scheme means that large
gas and electricity suppliers are obliged
to help households improve their
energy efficiency within homes.
Carrying out these measures helps
homeowners save money on their
energy bills, keep homes warmer
and contributes to a reduction in
carbon emissions. As part of ECO, the
government estimates that energy
efficiency and heating measures worth
£640 million a year will be delivered
across Great Britain.
A heated debate
We work very closely with social
housing providers, local authorities,
managing agents, private landlords
and homeowners. Occupiers who are
on a lower income tend to suffer from
poorly heated and uninsulated homes,
which can lead to condensation
and mould growth. This can have
healthimplications.
I regularly attend properties and
conduct inspections for condensation,
rising damp, mould growth and
inadequately insulated homes and can
offer a solution to these problems. With
this in mind, in 2005, I designed and
patented a product called Easyvent Ltd.
Easyvent is a vent that fits easily into
the roof space between the felt and
allows easy passage for warm, moist
air to filter to the outside. Easyvent has
a BBA certification and we have sold in
the region of 2.6 million of them. It has
been widely acclaimed as a cheap and
easy solution to reducing condensation.
I have designed a further vent,
which is in the process of the patent
beingapproved.
Cavity claim
Cavity insulation claims are an issue
across the whole of the insulation
network. Approximately two years
ago, the industry started to suffer
from a number of claims in relation
to alleged poorly insulated properties.
The insulation company would receive
a claim that included a report, images
and details of compensation.
Uddens Trading Estate,
Ferndown, Wimborne,
Dorset
I regularly
attend
properties and
conduct
inspections for
condensation,
rising damp,
mould growth
and
inadequately
insulated
homes and can
offer a solution
to these
problems
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HOUSING
There were several discrepancies that
caught my eye, such as images of the
wrong property and often doctored
photos that had been used on previous
claims. It was also discovered that
the surveyor conducted a desktop
survey, never visited the property and
demanded excessive costs to rectify
theproperty.
I have had several meetings with the
Ministry of Justice in London with
regards to cavity claims. By working
with CIGA and the Ministry of Justice,
we have formed a cavity claims
committee. The claims have reduced
significantly as the companies are
aware that we are not going to put the
claim through our insurance; instead,
we defend the case as there is no claim
to answer to.
The future for our future
It is very apparent that global warming
and climate change are hot topics,
exemplified by their discussion in
the media. With this in mind, I have
decided to form the Warmer Group
Foundation. I feel that it is extremely
important that schools become
involved in reducing carbon emissions.
I intend to visit local schools to educate
the students in respect of how to
reduce their carbon footprint in the
hope that they take this knowledge
back home.
I have a great deal of previous
experience working with schools and
I was invited to mentor a local school
for the Young Enterprise Scheme. This
scheme was designed to encourage
a small number of pupils to set up
a business from start to finish and
to design and market a product.
For the first two years, the school I
mentored won many awards for best
product, highest turnover and best
advertising campaign. I worked with
the scheme for four years and it was a
greatachievement.
The project is at an early stage of
implementation and I am utilising the
skills of Low Carbon Dorset. It is hoped
that I will have 12 schools involved by
the end of 2019 to early 2020. There
will be a competition between each
school and the winner will be those
who can prove that their students
have reduced their carbon emissions,
showing what they have done and
how they are going to continue.
Here at the Warmer Group, we believe
that energy saved today is an asset for
the future.
Here at the
Warmer
Group, we
believe that
energy saved
today is an
asset for the
future
We are part of The Insta
Group, the largest UK
insulation network

www.thewarmergroup.co.uk

This article was sponsored by The Warmer Group. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development