Chief executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA), Tom Reynolds, has called for legislators to adopt a 'joined up' approach to green retrofit policy. Speaking at the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC) parliamentary debate on net zero, Reynolds said: "All too often green housing policies have been developed in an uncoordinated way, with the policy owners acting in silos. There has been no longevity in any initiative to have greater impact on carbon reduction targets – industry and consumer must have confidence that today’s initiatives are here for long-term commitment."
Reynolds also highlighted the need for consumers to connect water efficiency with carbon reduction when they plan their home refurbishments, and called on Government to use the Unified Water Label (UWL) scheme as they develop regulation to make labelling mandatory.
He concluded: "Transforming 27million homes to make them net zero is complicated, but has great benefits for all. It won’t be achieved if individual departments do their own thing, or individual parts of the home improvement sector go off on a frolic of their own. We must try to join up our thinking and actions to make a real difference."
The event, which was held at the House of Lords, brought together experts from across the home improvement industry. Speakers included NHIC president Lord Andrew Stunell, NHIC CEO Anna Scothern, Hannah Vickers of the Construction Leadership Council, Alex Thwaites from OVO and Paul Simpson from Recticel Insulation UK. Also in attendance were UWL MD Yvonne Orgill and Kohler Mira MD Craig Baker.
Pictured at the event are BMA CEO Tom Reynolds, right, and Kohler Mira MD Craig Baker, left.