Leading names from the Travis Perkins Group, including merchants Travis Perkins, CCF, City Plumbing Supplies (CPS), and Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), backed by the expertise of SBS and Solfex, have announced they are “RHI ready” thanks to a combination of services, knowledge, and product availability which have been developed to support installers and builders.

To help installers access the RHI opportunity, CCF, CPS, PTS, Solfex, and Travis Perkins have worked together to develop a range of assessment, training, accreditation, and mentoring services to make it easy for installers to comply with regulations. Backed by the purchasing strength of the Group, each company can provide product solutions that combine an extensive range of branded and own-brand renewable products, in addition to associated insulation products.

Paul Joyner, Director of Sustainability for the Travis Perkins Group, said: “With £2.7 billion of funding available to inspire an anticipated 750,000 installations by 2020, we are expecting the RHI to do for the renewable heating sector what Feed In Tariffs did for solar photovoltaics."

“To qualify for RHI payments, each building has to undergo a Green Deal Assessment. Smart installers will maximise their income by adapting their business to cover all aspects of each RHI project – the assessment, the retrofitting of the building fabric, and the installation of the heat pump, biomass, or solar thermal technology. The Travis Perkins Group is the only player in the market with leading merchants in each product sector, helping installers access the best products and prices to offer a complete whole-house solution.”

The Travis Perkins Group, through its exclusive partner Toriga, can offer a nationwide network of Green Deal assessors to assist installers, or alternatively can help installers to become registered Green Deal Advisors upon completion of Domestic Energy Assessor and Green Deal Advisor training. The Toriga assessment software will also enable installers to easily calculate the benefits of a RHI installation for each homeowner. All elements of the training and mentoring for Green Deal can also be provided through PPL Training and Easy Green Deal.

Training for RHI can be organised through nationwide branches of PTS, CPS, and Travis Perkins, facilitated by the Group’s training provider partner, PPL Training. The courses include MCS Made Simple, renewable heating and heat meter installation. Mentoring for MCS can also be provide through Easy MCS, with accreditation through NICEIC.

RHI, which launches in Spring with £2.7 billion of Government funding, aims to encourage an estimated 750,000 installations of new renewable heating products by 2020. The Government will pay households a tariff based on the heat generated through four technologies: air source heat pumps, solar thermal, biomass boilers, and ground source heat pumps. To qualify for RHI payments, each building has to undergo a Green Deal Assessment to ensure the fabric of the building is suitable – opening up the opportunity for installers to extend the value of each project by retrofitting loft insulation, or arranging cavity wall insulation .

To find out more about the RHI and how Travis Perkins Group can help, call our Helpline on 0800 688 8388. We will display our full RHI offer on the Travis Perkins Group Ecobuild stand: N620/21 Tuesday 4 March - Thursday 6 March