Opinion

Pollard’s Patter

Plumb Center's head of sustainability Tim Pollard
Plumb Center’s head of sustainability Tim Pollard

I am recovering from Ecobuild as I write this column. Our PlumbCenter presence was really great and both Practical Installer and our neighbouring stand were the scenes of much activity throughout the three days.

It is very obvious that there is an enormous appetite for information about the RHI from installers and, of course, the most asked question was repeatedly voiced ‘When will it start?’ At time of writing, we still await the crucial date but everyone I speak to in an official capacity ensures me that an announcement is ‘imminent’. There was certainly lots to see and hear at Ecobuild 2014 which once again proved to be the ‘must see’ event for all those interested in renewables.

Highlights for me included some great presentations in the Green Energy Arena, the live demonstrations in the Plumb Center Practical Installer Arena, some interesting new products in the biomass sector and, of course, the enthusiasm and interest of our customers who came to visit.

We have also been running some local RHI seminars for customers which have been really well attended and we are emailing out a regular update on developments in the RHI. PlumbCenter will continue to support installers with some great product offers and service innovations. We showed our new renewable and under floor heating Design Service at Ecobuild. This service is currently in trial in several areas and has proved to be very popular.