Why Integrator Housing Solutions can confidently say we’re the experts in asset management and energy software.
The town of Milton Keynes was born in the late 1960s as a ‘new town’ for England to ease housing shortages in London, and there was a focus on energy and the environment from the start. Our former Managing Director, Vic Harrison (right) and Consultant Developer, Alan Horton (left), became a big part of this movement.
Alan’s experience in this industry actually stretches back to the seventies when he first started working for the Open University Energy Research Group – a collaboration between the OU and the Milton Keynes Development Corporation.
Milton Keynes has been at the central core of every twist and turn in the development of SAP, which eventually developed into Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) and of course RdSAP.
The introduction of SAP
In 1990, Vic began working for a newly founded charity known as the National Energy Foundation (NEF), whose remit was to promote the benefits and ease of incorporating energy-efficient, elements into newbuild homes.
During this time he introduced builders, developers, councillors and even government ministers to the newly developed Standard Assessment Procedures (SAP) software. His integral role saw him featured on national television, radio and newspapers.
The beginning of ECMK
When Vic left the NEF in the late nineties, the Government started to appoint training organisations – giving his new company, ECMK, a licence to be able to train surveyors. There were only five companies issued a licence to do the training and the company set about training 4-5,000 surveyors.
Building the team
Vic’s interest in energy efficiency didn’t stop with him, in fact it became a family affair with his son Paul qualifying as a Domestic Energy Assessor in 2007 becoming ECMK’s head auditor also overseeing the work of hundreds of assessors.
Vic and Alan were also joined by Mike Hartney in 2009, our Chief Technical Officer, to provide support, software development and ever further understanding for Integrator’s clients. “The social housing sector cares a lot about this. The methodologies which they have to work with, depend on their outputs from SAP and RdSAP. So any changes made by the Government affect their requirements. There is definitely a dependency relationship here. It’s high on our priorities because it has very firmly been made an underpinning requirement of all housing associations to meet those minimum standards.”
Paul is now our Director of Energy, with Helen Harrison taking over as Managing Director in 2021 to lead the company into a future of energy efficiency and de-carbonisation.
In the early 2000's we lead the way in Asset Management software with ‘Integrator’, our desktop product, and during this time we’ve grew into a dynamic, technology-led company that’s never forgotten it’s family-business roots - a combination that means we’re incredibly proud of our customer service and personal touch.
Entering a new era
Integrator Plus: Our Cloud-Based Asset Management Solution
In 2021, we launched Integrator Plus, our cloud-based asset management solution. We wanted to redefine asset management for the modern era, and today, we're thrilled to say that it’s everything we thought it would be and much more!
The cloud isn't just the future – it's the present. With the world becoming increasingly connected and remote-friendly, we knew that a cloud-based solution was essential for businesses to thrive in the digital age. Integrator Plus brings asset management to the cloud, enabling anytime, anywhere access without compromising security or performance.
It’s all about the energy
Although we’ve always had an energy module within our software, the Integrator Plus ‘Energy Toolkit’ came into being in 2022 working towards the Net Zero Strategy.
This amazing module allows clients to target and improve their assets, listing the right energy efficiency measures to install in the right order, and at what cost.
Looking to the future
We continue to develop our software by staying vigilant about changes in legislation and regulations that affect our industry. As well as this we have more fantastic modules to come in 2024.
Client feedback is also a priority for us, and we actively incorporate suggestions into our software roadmap.
Here’s to an exciting future!