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Net Zero Week highlights the key role that installers play

Joe Sharpe
Head of Content - Installer

In November, Installer hosted the latest edition of its popular Net Zero Week, a digital event which provides the tools to help installers equip themselves for the future.

There were over 600 registrations across our webinars which tackled topics like heat loss calculations, heating controls, how to become a heat pump installer, the future of off-grid properties, the design and sales process for heat pumps, and more.

The engagement, questions and expert speakers were fantastic and two things really stuck out for me during the week.

 

One: There’s big installer interest

We’re seeing this across the industry, at InstallerSHOW and through the Installer website, and it was highlighted again this week. Installers are interested in heat pumps, low carbon technology, and what the future holds. They might not have fitted a heat pump yet, they might not plan to in the next 12 months, but it’s definitely on their radar. For heat pumps, there are installer companies that have been doing it for decades, and there are traditional gas engineers who have made the transition recently. With the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, and 600,000 annual heat pump targets being put in place by the government, there is clear ambition. However, the MCS heat pump stats are currently a small fraction of the boilers that are being installed every year. For traditional gas engineers, they may currently be busy with their day-to-day jobs, but many of them are keeping a keen eye on what happens next.

 

Two: Installers are key

Which brings me on to point two…installers are key to decarbonising our heating. It’s genuinely accepted that it will take a mix of technologies to decarbonise our housing stock, which is diverse. Whatever heating systems we use, it’s the heating engineer that’s key to the whole process. Their advice is trusted by the customer, they will be installing and maintaining that system, and they need to be properly trained and supported to offer the best solutions to the end user. During one session, we spoke to Emma Bohan and Nathan van Gambling about the Heat Pump Installer survey which they helped launch with NESTA, to find out more about the state of the current heat pump market. Emma’s company IMS Heat Pumps “has been installing heat pumps for years, before there were standards, before there was MCS, before government grants, back when it was a niche industry”. Through their heat pump survey, Emma and Nathan want to find out more about the challenges and opportunities of people who are already fitting heat pumps. If we can find out how they can grow their business, take on new employees, and go from fitting 10 per year to 15, 50, 100 per year, then we’re onto a winner.

 

All of the Net Zero Week webinars are available to watch on demand. Please hit the links below, click the “save my spot” button and catch up with these unmissable events:

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