SURVEY INSTRUCTIONS

The survey has questions on four themes:
  • Hub remit
  • Hub activities
  • Hub technical
  • Hub practicalities
We envisage it taking approximately 30 minutes to complete, depending on how many comments you wish to make.

We would appreciate if comments are kept quite brief at this stage.

Please note that we have used the term “low energy/zero carbon” to refer to the spectrum of different current standards and approaches. This term is also intended to cover “net zero carbon.”

Once you begin the survey you can:
  • Leave the survey and your answers will be saved for you to come back later.
  • Download the full survey so it can be shared with colleagues. Click here to download in PDF format.
  • No need to click any “back” and “forward” buttons to move around in the survey, just keep scrolling.
  • You can provide general comments at the end of each section.
All of the questions must be answered before pressing “submit” (just click “no comment” if the question is not relevant for you).

Please be assured that all responses will be kept in the strictest confidence and the information published in our scoping report in Spring 2021 will be anonymised.

We welcome the views of all interested parties by 5 March 2021.

Find out more information and read an introduction to the survey here - https://goodhomes.org.uk/news/scoping-survey-welsh-hub.
 
If you have any questions about the survey please contact Richard Broad at richard@goodhomes.org.uk.
SECTION A - GENERAL INFORMATION

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* 1. Name of organisation or your name (if you are responding as an individual)

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* 2. Are you responding on behalf of: (please choose 1 option)

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* 3. Does your organisation operate, build or sell in Wales? (please choose 1 option)

SECTION B – HUB REMIT
Geographical Scope

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* 4. In terms of the geographical scope of the future Hub’s activities, which of the following would you prefer? (please choose 1 option)

Sector Scope

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* 5. After reading the introduction to this survey on the GHA’s website, which proposal for the Hub’s remit do you most agree with? (please choose 1 option)

Here is the link to the introduction - https://goodhomes.org.uk/news/scoping-survey-welsh-hub.

NB: we have not included the option to cover all new build and all existing homes in Wales at this stage, but considering the viability of this could be a potential early Hub work programme. There is also the opportunity to comment on this option below.

Role

When the former UK Zero Carbon Hub was set up in 2008 it was conceived as a joint government-industry body, with funding from both. This model helped to demonstrate clear government backing, and provided a recognised, collaborative forum for industry, NGOs and academia to contribute to and help develop recommendations for government. The decision was ultimately taken not to go ahead with the zero carbon policy in 2016, but the model itself was very effective.

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* 6. Which of the following possible structures for the Hub do you think would be most effective in preparing Wales to build low energy/zero carbon homes at scale? (please choose 1 option)

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* 7. Any other comments on Section B – Hub Remit?

SECTION C - HUB ACTIVITIES

Prioritising Activities
Please categorise how important it will be for the Hub to carry out the following activities in terms of High (month 0–6), Medium (month 6–18) and Low (month 12– 24) importance (please choose 1 option for each potential activity)

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* 8. Strategic Clarity

HIGH
Month 0-6
MEDIUM
Month 6-18
LOW
Month 12-24
Working with housing providers to agree whether to adopt a single definition of “zero carbon” and what it should be (drawing on existing work where possible – see Question 14)
Tracking and summarising policy and regulation on low energy/zero carbon homes
Tracking and sharing relevant information on recent and new sector-led zero carbon frameworks and standards
Identifying skills and knowledge gaps and making recommendations to tackle these
Working with housing providers to agree possible timelines for the mass roll-out of low energy/zero carbon new build homes (using agreed definitions, and drawing on recommendations of advisory bodies such as the UK Committee on Climate Change)

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* 9. Knowledge Sharing

HIGH
Month 0-6
MEDIUM
Month 6-18
LOW
Month 12-24
Showcasing and summarising research, demonstrators and case studies related to the design and delivery of low energy/zero carbon homes
Tracking and showcasing studies where the energy performance of low energy/zero carbon homes has been measured and verified
Tracking and sharing relevant industry reports and best practice guidance on essential elements of delivering low energy/zero carbon homes e.g. minimising embodied carbon and on building performance evaluation
Identifying and sharing research on the cost of constructing low energy/zero carbon homes, plus information on funding sources and bodies
Tracking and sharing guidance on potential technical risks such as overheating and how zero carbon ambitions must dovetail with health and well-being goals
Providing a facility on the website for Hub users to ask specific questions about low energy/zero carbon delivery, with answers developed by experts and shared on the website as Q&A
Running industry surveys to gain insights into delivery challenges and gage progress
Running webinars, workshops, events and seminars on emerging themes, policies, opportunities and challenges (virtual and physical, once it safe to do so)

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* 10. Capacity Building

HIGH
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MEDIUM
Month 6-18
LOW
Month 12-24
Working with housing providers to identify and decide how to overcome remaining technical, practical and funding challenges related to each potential “element” of low carbon/zero carbon delivery (see Question 15)
Identifying and disseminating information on potential opportunities for the Welsh economy related to delivering low energy/zero carbon homes e.g. for the timber industry
Tracking and showcasing studies on the use of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and Off-site Manufacturing (OSM) and their contribution to delivering low energy/zero carbon homes
Tracking and sharing links to established lists of trusted Welsh suppliers and tradespeople
Interaction with Current Policy

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* 11. After reading the introduction to this survey on the GHA’s website, how should the Hub’s activities interact with planned government policy on new build energy and carbon standards? (please choose 1 option)

Here is the link to the introduction - https://goodhomes.org.uk/news/scoping-survey-welsh-hub.

NB: We have asked you to choose just one option. The Hub may end up doing a little of all of this, but we would like to know what you think its primary role should be in relation to Welsh Government policy for housing providers within the Hub’s remit. This question overlaps with Question 6.

Website Content

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* 12. In terms of information on the Hub’s website which option would you prefer? (please choose 1 option)

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* 13. Any other comments on Section C – Hub Activities?

SECTION D - HUB TECHNICAL

Defining Zero Carbon

There have been a number of definitions of “zero carbon” for new build homes developed over recent years, including:
The Welsh Hub can build on this work.

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* 14. In terms of whether and how the Hub addresses the question of defining “zero carbon”, which of the following options would you prefer to see happen - with a view to the Welsh Government adopting the definition for the sector? (please choose 1 option)

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* 15. The five themes mentioned in Question 14 are considered in recent definitions to be essential elements of “full” zero carbon. Which of these elements do you consider to be the least, through to most, challenging in terms of technical delivery on site (please rank each element with 1 being the least technically challenging and 5 being the most), and should therefore be prioritised for support by the Hub? 

Use the drop down menu to choose the ranking, or you can move the options by dragging the four horizontal lines to the left. 

NB: We recognise the challenge may be to deliver all the elements below simultaneously, but for now, we would appreciate views on each of them separately.

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* 16. Any other comments on Section D – Hub Technical?

SECTION E - HUB PRACTICALITIES
Business Model

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* 17. Which of the following business models do you think would make the Hub most successful in fulfilling its objective to drive up the delivery of low energy/zero carbon new homes in Wales? (please choose 1 option)

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* 18. Which of the following approaches to set-up do you think would make the Hub most influential within the new build sector? (please choose 1 option)

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* 19. Should the Hub have a physical base (in Wales)? (please choose 1 option)

Funding Model

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* 20. Which of the following financial models do you think will help the Hub be accepted as a source for unbiased support and advice? (please choose 1 option)

NB: your answer to this question may link to your answer about the role of the Hub in Question 6. See also Question 21.

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* 21. Alternatively or in addition to the options in Question 20, do you think the Hub should be able to charge a fee for some of the services it provides? (please choose 1 option)

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* 22. Any other comments on Section E – Hub Practicalities?

CONTACT DETAILS

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* 23. If you would like to be take part in the Hub’s future activities please provide your name and email address and tick the relevant topics

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* 24. Topics

If you have any questions about the survey please contact Richard Broad at richard@goodhomes.org.uk.

If you have any questions about the Hub please contact Julian Brooks at julian@goodhomes.org.uk.

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