Providing safe, sustainable, affordable warmth to over two and a half million social housing homes and to public buildings across the UK is the key role of gas, asset and FM managers who make up the membership of the AGSM (Association of Gas Safety Managers). This can only be achieved by working closely with suppliers in the gas, plumbing and renewable industry, collaborating and innovating to move the sector forward.
Combating fuel poverty is high on the list of housing providers’ priorities. Suppliers will be key to finding energy solutions that are ‘fit for purpose’. Delegates at the AGSM Gas Safety Management Conference in April 2015, heard about the work of Northamptonshire County Council which is working with British Gas and Schneider Electric to build a Low Carbon Northamptonshire. With a Community Car Club running electric cars for hire, investment in efficient boilers in homes and public buildings as well as community projects to encourage education and understanding, the collaborative approach has seen significant benefits.
Setting up renewable energy projects is becoming an increasingly important role within social housing communities with many exciting developments. Landlords have taken advantage of government grants and other incentives to install solar panels, ground source heat pumps and biomass boilers. Suppliers such as Vaillant have worked with landlords to help them put together projects to apply for funding from the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s £25 million ‘Central Heating Fund’. Mark Derbyshire, Commercial Director of Vaillant commented: “We are already working jointly with landlords to find innovative solutions for tenants who are at risk of fuel poverty as we believe this is the best way forward. The DECC fund will enable affordable central heating systems to be brought to fuel poor areas – we could only achieve this through working collaboratively.”
“To recognise and celebrate innovation, excellence and collaboration, we have created our new Awards – the AGSM Supplier Excellence Awards 2015,” said Claire Heyes, CEO of the AGSM. “The new Awards follow on from the hugely successful AGSM Gas Safety Awards which took place in April this year. We believe that recognition of success and the sharing of ideas is crucial for raising standards in this sector.”
“If you are innovating, we want to know about it – from contractors to boiler manufacturers! We want to hear about training initiatives, examples of leadership, particularly by women, achievements by young people and outstanding commercial gas contractors. Finally,” concluded Claire, “we are looking for examples of customer service excellence, renewable projects and initiatives to combat fuel poverty. The Awards will be a real celebration of Excellence, Innovation and Collaboration which will bring the industry together. It will be the place to be and to be seen!”
Awards categories and criteria as well as details about the nomination process can be found at www.agsm.uk.com
Closing date for nominations: 5pm on Thursday 30th September
Awards Dinner: Tuesday 3rd November
Location: The National Motorcycle Museum, West Midlands
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