Installers enthused by low carbon opportunities

UK plumbing and heating installers remain optimistic about the future of their businesses according to new research from Daikin UK. The company’s Installer Confidence Monitor, which surveys members of its Sustainable Home Network, found that nearly two-thirds (65%) see the government’s commitment to net zero and the recent launch of the £5000 Boiler Upgrade Scheme grants as an opportunity for business growth.

A quarter believe that up to half of their business will come from installing heat pumps and hybrid heat pumps in the next five years – double what two in five say they’re installing at the moment. But nine out of ten (91%) agree that more must be done to make heat pumps affordable and accessible. And more than two-thirds (67%) agree that the government should support hybrid heat pumps as an important transitional technology for homeowners.

Iain Bevan, commercial manager, heating and renewables at Daikin UK, comments: “It’s encouraging that Sustainable Home Network installers are seeing the road to net zero as an opportunity. Training is high on the agenda for many, who plan to invest time and money in installation training for both heat pumps (85%) and hybrid heat pumps (51%) over the next 12 months. Hybrid systems can play a big role in advancing mass market take-up of renewable heating technologies. We believe that including hybrids in the Boiler Upgrade Scheme would help it to reach its full potential.”

Daikin UK’s research found that more than half (55%) of its Sustainable Home Network members would be very likely to recommend a career as a heating installer to friends and family, which is good news, as four out of five (82%) are looking to recruit in the next five years. And while nearly half (45%) are seeing uptick in demand since the government released its Heat & Buildings Strategy, more than four out of five (87%) agree that educating consumers about renewable options will increase momentum further, with around half (53%) believing that homeowners’ understanding of renewable technology is below par at present.

More than seven in ten (71%) respondents to the survey have benefited from the free training that’s available through their membership of Daikin’s Sustainable Home Network, with just under a third saying the sales leads (29%) and free technical support (44%) from Daikin UK have also benefited their business. A quarter have benefited from personalised marketing materials and branded van livery and workwear (27 per cent), while a fifth have benefited from special offers on key products.

The Daikin Sustainable Home Network is free to join and offers heat pump installers a wide range of business-building benefits and expertise. The entry level is Sustainable Home Installer, after which there are opportunities to progress to Sustainable Home Expert and ultimately to become a Sustainable Home Centre.

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