David Cowburn

Opinion: All solar installations in the UK should be installed by qualified, competent professionals and be assessed for quality

Following the recent announcement from Octopus regarding the Smart Export Guarantee and using non-MCS registered installers for Solar PV installations, Ian Rippin, CEO of MCS, explains to the installer community and consumers why it is important to continue using an MCS certified installer and the risks and implications of not doing so: Having seen a […]

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How the Building Safety Bill will impact the industry

David Cowburn, Chief Operating Officer at NAPIT Group and member of the Interim Industry Competence Committee, reflects on the journey of the Building Safety Bill and sets out how it will impact the construction industry. Introduced in the House of Commons on 5 July 2021, the Building Safety Bill received Royal Assent on 28 April […]

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Opinion – Bumps in the road on race to decarbonise heat

NAPIT’s Chief Operating Officer, David Cowburn, responds to the current energy crisis and the BEIS Select Committee report on the Decarbonisation of Heat in UK Homes. The direction of travel set out by the Government is clear, and there were always going to be challenges to face when committing to overhauling the way all homes […]

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Opinion: Reflecting on the Evolution of Electrical Safety Standards

David Cowburn, Chief Operating Officer at NAPIT, reflects on the progress made by the electrical industry to enhance electrical safety standards over the past decade, including the Electrotechnical Assessment Specification (EAS), and considers the issues which remain unresolved: It doesn’t seem all that long ago, that I was sat in front of the Communities and […]

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