BDR Thermea (formerly Baxi Group), the leading manufacturer and distributor of innovative heating and hot water systems and services, has been crowned winner in the hotly-contested Partnering Initiative of the Year category at this year’s prestigious H&V News Awards (Grosvenor House Hotel, Tuesday 19 April). The company picked up the prize for its ground-breaking partnership with Efficiency East Midlands (EEM), a consortium of social housing organisations which has delivered value for money, social and sustainability benefits.

“We are delighted and extremely proud to receive the Partnering Initiative of the Year Award”, says David Barrett, Commercial Director for BDR Thermea. ”This is a tremendous achievement for everybody involved at Efficiency East Midlands and BDR Thermea. It is proof of our commitment to innovation in partnership, products and service. Together we have provided excellent low energy heating and hot water solutions for homes at a reduced cost while adding considerable value to our customer relationship”.

Efficiency East Midlands (EEM) was launched in July 2010 by a consortium of five housing organisations to deliver efficiencies for capital, decent homes and responsive works supporting the Government’s initiative to drive down expenditure through collaboration. Nottingham City Homes (NCH) is the Accountable Body for EEM and is leading the initiative. According to Pete Smith, Head of Procurement at NCH, the group was established “to drive efficiency savings in both back office and project delivery”. In the nine months since its launch, EEM has expanded to 16 members from the East Midlands Area who maintain 136,000 homes.

Pete Smith comments, “I was delighted to be present at the Awards ceremony to collect the Award with David Barratt. It was a very proud moment for me personally and the EEM consortium as this is the first award we have won - hopefully not the last!” Pete continues, “Winning this Award is a massive achievement for EEM, as it is a reflection of the hard work the consortium is doing. EEM has some really exciting plans coming up that will ensure sustainability of the consortia in the future which in turn will support its members.”

As the preferred boiler manufacturer, BDR Thermea is providing a minimum of 11,200 boilers to the consortium to help create warmer, more energy efficient homes. These include Baxi Duo-tec Combi 28 HE boilers, Baxi Solo 18 HE heat only boilers and Baxi Megaflo System HE boilers

And, because the boilers have been obtained from a single manufacturer, they share many common components, which minimises the number of spares needed. For every million pounds spent under the framework, BDR Thermea has committed to employ one apprentice from the Nottingham area.  

The judges praised the partnership for its “demonstration of co-operation, open communication and commitment to maximising efficiency through the supply chain”.

The H&V News Awards, now in their 17th year, are judged by a panel of distinguished industry figures  and recognise excellence and innovation across the heating, ventilating and air conditioning sector. The 19 winners, the cream of the building services industry, were announced at the awards ceremony, hosted by Alexander Armstrong, the star of BBC’s Armstrong and Miller comedy show before a audience of more than 1000 guests.

BDR Thermea was also shortlisted in the following categories:

Domestic H&V Product                      Baxi Ecogen

Marketing Initiative                               BDR Thermea ‘Know How’

Partnering Initiative                              BDR Thermea and PH Jones

Renewable Project                             PEARL2 (Pendle Enterprise and Regeneration) and BDR Thermea - Stanley Street

If you would like to become a member of Efficiency East Midlands, please contact Pete Smith


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Editor’s Notes:

About BDR Thermea

Following the successful merger of Baxi Group with De Dietrich Remeha in 2009, the Group will now be known as BDR Thermea.  The individual brands, such as Baxi, Elson, Remeha, Potterton, Main, Heatrae Sadia, Potterton Commercial, Andrews Water Heaters and Valor, are individual market leading brands, and will remain unchanged.

The merger places BDR Thermea as a world leading manufacturer and distributor of innovative heating and hot water systems and services. The Group has a top market position in Western Europe and strong positions in rapidly growing international markets. In total it operates in more than 70 countries worldwide employing over 6,400 people.

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