Special Recognition Award - Winner: Peter Thom of Green Heat Ltd.
The Special Recognition Award is designed to acknowledge the work and achievements of an individual who has been influential in helping to raise awareness about the importance of conserving energy and reducing carbon emissions.
The 2022 Award goes to Peter Thom who, over a career spanning more than 57 years, has long campaigned to raise levels of professionalism and has been a strong advocate of renewable and sustainable technologies.
As well as running a successful family business, Green Heat, Peter has dedicated a lot of his own time to industry bodies such as the Institute of Domestic Heating & Environmental Engineers (IDHEE) and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and has frequently been an effective ‘voice of the industry’ when engaging with government decision makers and other organisations.
One of Peter’s key objectives in setting up Green Heat was to develop and introduce a methodology to measure and rate the energy efficiency of homes. He has pioneered and developed home energy ratings and lobbied to get these into legislation. He achieved that goal in 1995 when SAP Ratings were first required by Part L of the Building Regulations.
Over his long career, Peter has helped thousands of customers to reduce their energy use and thereby played a not insignificant part in helping the country to reduce its carbon emissions. Championing the need for home energy audits and an early supporter of domestic condensing boilers when they were first introduced in the UK, Peter’s installation business was one of the first to promote the benefits of energy saving technologies to UK consumers.
Peter is a well deserving recipient of the Award for his unstinting service and time dedicated to improving standards within the plumbing and heating industry.