See below a brief description of all our member groups. To get involved, please contact one of the Secretariat contacts listed.
Benchmark Steering Group
Promoted by HHIC on behalf of members, Benchmark raises standards in installation, commissioning and servicing. The group are responsible for policy and management issues concerning the Benchmark Scheme. Membership of the group includes appliance manufacturers, service providers and certification bodies. The work of the group, through the scheme, supports Building Regulation compliance. This group is chaired by Chris Jessop, Ideal Boilers.
Out of concerns for consumer safety, a dedicated working group was tasked to investigate issues around the manufacture, supply and sale of spare parts in the UK. This work has identified ways to increase and protect consumer safety. Aiding transparency in the making of safety driven purchasing or specification decisions, and supporting Registered Gas Engineers in discharging their legal duties. The result being a diverse group aimed at the integration of spare parts into the Benchmark Scheme. Membership includes appliance manufacturers, installation specialists, certification bodies, Gas Safe Register/HSE, controls manufacturers, merchants, NAPIT and refurbishers/re-manufacturers. This group is chaired by David Willets, Baxi.
Benchmark Water Treatment Product Manufacturers
This group was formed to better recognise the important role water treatment plays within HHIC Benchmark. Discussing the specificity and strategic issues of water treatment product manufacturers operating the Benchmark Scheme. The chair of this group sits on the Benchmark Steering Group and through the scheme, supports Building Regulation compliance. This group is chaired by Dr Neil Watson, Adey.
The evolution of smart heating products and the installation of effective home heating controls are central to ensuring domestic energy efficiency; enabling the decarbonisation of household heat, and also reduction of heating costs. This group focuses on domestic heating controls. A key activity for this group is the interaction with Government and the continued development of future policy and standards. This group is chaired by Nick Hunt, Honeywell.
The group work closely together to consider and address a wide range of issues impacting the domestic space heater industry, including European policy but with a clear focus on promoting the industry, particularly to the end consumer through projects such as the Love Gas Fires Campaign. Membership is drawn from fire manufacturers selling products in the UK but may manufacture products in other countries. This group is chaired by Richard Beaman, Glen Dimplex.
Heating & Hot Water Appliance Manufacturers
The group collectively provide the foremost voice in domestic heating and hot water appliance manufacturing for the UK market. Members come together to discuss and tackle the wide range of issues affecting the industry and the drive to decarbonise domestic heat and hot water. There are close links with the Heating & Hot Water Technical Panel and working groups can be set up to focus on specific issues in great detail. Membership includes heating and hot water appliance manufacturers supplying the UK market. This group is chaired by Elaine Lancaster, Ideal Boilers (Group Atlantic).
Heating & Hot Water Technical Panel
The focus of this group is on the matters impacting appliance production, certification and maintenance. There is a clear emphasis on technical activity, such as UK and CEN standards and European legislation affecting the group’s products, as well as the political landscape, which can affect product design and characteristics. The group speak as a united industry voice through HHIC. Membership includes heating and hot water appliance manufacturers supplying the UK market. This group is chaired by Martyn Bridges, Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd.
Heat & Hot Water Policy Group
The HHIC Heat & Hot Water Policy Group is a useful forum to review current and upcoming government policy and regulation. The group discusses how these may affect businesses in the industry and helps formulate HHIC responses to any issues or consultations. The group regularly hears from Government speakers and associated industries on initiatives that will be of interest to them. This group is chaired by Neil Schofield, Worcester Bosch.
The Installer Committee work in conjunction with the Installer, Training, Skills & Standards group. The work of the group focusses on high-level, strategic issues which concern installation and service businesses including Government policy and consultations. Membership is primarily based on large installation businesses, and is seen to offer an authoritative and well respected voice. particularly when talking to UK Government. The groups represents a considerable volume of the new and replacement heating appliance installation market in the UK today. The group is chaired by Darren Slater, British Gas.
Installers, Training, Skills & Standards (IST)
Technical content, such as changes to gas utilisation standards that impact field-based activity are a focus area, alongside operative competence and accreditation. The core activity of the group also considers the mid to long-term implications on field activity, considering policy issues and factors such as changing gas quality. The group provides input into important industry forums through HHIC including the Standards Consultation Forum (SCF), the IGEM Gas Utilisation Council (GUC) and Renewable Energy Skills Forum (RESF). Group membership is diverse, and includes certification bodies, service/maintenance organisations, appliance/equipment manufacturers and industry associations. This group is chaired by Danny McFarlane, British Gas
Water Treatment Group
This group encompasses water treatment chemicals, system filters, cleansing equipment and water softeners (amongst others). WTG members who manufacture chemicals for central heating (CH) systems adopt the Benchmark brand for their products, which reinforces the importance of water treatment and assists installers in complying with the requirements of the Building Regulations. This group is chaired by Keith McBain, Kamco.