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Don’t miss out on Green Deal training say construction experts

Construction firms that fail to get Green Deal training will miss out – that was the advice from CITB Construction Skills.

A large proportion of individuals in the construction industry don't have the required training needed to take advantage of the Green Deal and other energy efficiency related business opportunities.

The Green Deal is the Government’s flagship plan to overhaul as many as 14 million of the country’s 27 million houses and 4.5 million businesses.

Energy industry experts and local tradespeople could be involved in potentially the largest property improvement programme since the Second World War, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) predicts.

There are currently 45 measures approved for reducing energy use in UK properties under the Green Deal and meeting tough carbon emission targets. However, only those individuals and businesses who meet the required standards and undergone the required Green Deal training can get involved.

Potential Green Deal measures include improvements to the efficiency of heating and cooling systems, lighting, water heating, insulating the fabric of a building and also the generation of energy through renewable energy technologies.

This is expected to mean work for more than 160,000 workers across a range of construction sectors if the government is to get anywhere near reaching its carbon reduction targets for 2020.

Insulation installers, plumbers, glazers and energy advisors are just some of the industry professionals who will miss out on Green Deal work by not up-skilling to meet this demand.

In addition to the technical trade skills required to actually install measures under the Green Deal and ECO, businesses will also need to demonstrate that their business provides a quality service to its customers through the provision of a quality management system (e.g. as covered by the PAS 2030 standard). Although this can sound quite daunting to some smaller construction businesses, there are a number of off-the-shelf solutions readily available to guide firms through this process.

The whole construction industry is moving towards a low-carbon future with initiatives like the Green Deal moving the industry towards energy efficiency and quality management standards, explains Steve Geary (skills strategy director of CITB Construction Skills).

“The energy efficiency sector is an integral part of the future of construction and it is vital the businesses make preparations now so that they can stay at the forefront of developments,” Mr Geary said.

“There are many new ‘green’ technologies that construction companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, will have to advise on and install if there is truly going to be a ‘green revolution’ in construction methods," he continued

Building Online has also warned that small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) need to prepare now or risk being left behind.

Green Qual offer a range of Green Deal Training courses, including PAS 2030 solutions for installers and Green Deal Advisor training for potential energy assessors.

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