Timeline blog: 2018 – 2019 – smart meters get smarter and Logic Certification becomes LCL Awards

01 Jul 2024

In the next in our series of blogs exploring LCL Awards’ twenty-year timeline we look back at what happened in 2018 and 2019, a significant period in our history when we said goodbye to Logic Certification.

SMETS2 launch

In 2018 more accurate SMETS 2 meters were introduced and a proposed national roll-out to help improve the accuracy of smart metering. Mark Krull was interviewed by PHPI magazine at the time:

“The reason the government is so keen to fulfil its proposed roll-out of smart meters to all UK homes by 2020 is two-fold. As well as encouraging us to become more conscious of and responsible for the energy we use, the meters are going to feedback information to the energy suppliers. This will help them formulate a much more efficient, smarter energy supply chain to support increasing renewable energy generation.

“At peak times, the gap between available capacity and demand is worrying small.  For example in the winter of 2016/2017 figures produced by the National Grid showed that the UK had a margin of only 6.6% capacity. As a forecasted 75% of the population is going to be living in urban areas by 2050 it will become increasingly important that our energy supply is more responsive, in order to meet growing demand."

ISO 19001:2015 

In 2019 Logic Certification was awarded the internationally recognised 1SO 9001:2015 standard, which was first introduced by The British Assessment Bureau in 1987. To achieve this recognition there was a rigorous assessment process where the company was required to demonstrate its commitment to high levels of customer service and its robust Quality Management System, designed to ensure consistency and improvement.

Meanwhile in the same year, the government signalled a cut off for the installation of gas boilers in new-builds from 2025 as part of their Future Homes Standard. Since then, the ban on gas boilers has shifted somewhat with the final cut-off date still to be determined. 

New RACHP qualification

For LCL Awards, things were on a firmer footing with the development of a new Level 3 Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump (RACHP) qualification in another collaboration with Business Edge, experts in the RACHP sector. It is a particularly comprehensive qualification; a specialist certificate for experienced engineers looking to develop and practice skill required in the RACHP sector. Initially, it was made available to a limited number of approved centres across the UK. Approved by the MOD, the qualification was ECLAS funded as part of the Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme for ex-service personnel. Since then, it has become more widely available.

Hello LCL Awards!

In 2019, the company Forum was held at the National Conference Centre in Solihull. It was well attended as usual with workshops and industry updates from invited speakers, but the focus of the event that year was the unveiling of a company rebrand. Following a review and re-design, working with Jello PR and design consultants Mesh, Logic Certification became LCL Awards in June when Mark Krull and Kevin Budd presented their company’s new image at the Forum.