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Critics say that the cost of registering and accreditation of the Green Deal are a problem for small to medium size businesses.
However, strong industry voices say that investing in Green Deal Training is worthwhile and are actively looking for qualified Green Deal Advisors and PAS 2030 certified Installers.
Feedback from customers and anecdotal evidence from with the industry suggests that there is a large shortfall of qualified Green Deal Advisors who provide the gateway (via a Green Deal Provider) to the Green Deal finance and the whole installation process.
The Green Deal is the Government’s flagship energy plan to make improvements to home energy efficiency available to 80 percent of the population through a pay-as-you-save loan framework.
Heavy regulation surrounds the Green Deal to protect consumers and so only those who demonstrate the required standards, adhering to the Green Deal code-of-conduct, can offer access to the unique finance scheme.
Many local tradesmen and energy industry professionals are investing in Green Deal training to access the revolutionary Green Deal Finance so they can pass the benefits on to their customers.
To ensure the Green Deal’s high quality standards are met all work must carried out by certified Green Deal professionals - Installers and Assessors.
Furthermore a regulatory body has been put in place - the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body (GD ORB) - to maintain the Green Deal Code of Practice and control use of the Quality Mark.
Under Green Deal Finance the costs to consumers of energy saving improvements or “measures” as they are called are spread out and paid for through customer energy bills.
And uniquely Green Deal loans are not subject to the same level of credit checks, or affected by poor credit history as with normal personal loans; and provides a highly competitive APR for an unsecured loan.
Moreover, even with the loan included energy bill payments should not rise due to the Golden Rule of the Green Deal - the total loan for the Green Deal work carried out must be the same or less than the savings as a result of improved energy efficiency that will be made over the length of the loan. Hence you’ll often hear Green Deal finance being referred to as ‘pay-as-you-save’ loans.
Only installers who are certified against the PAS 2030 standard will be able to get involved in customers wanting to pay for work through this appealing Green Deal Finance.
As a result installers of heating, ventilation, insulation, lighting, glazing and micro-generation/renewable products and systems are gaining PAS 2030 approval through Green Deal Installer accreditation.
They are also taking the opportunity to branch out across the energy efficiency products and services from the list of 46 measures in total available under the Green Deal framework.
Green Deal Installer training includes demonstrating you have a Quality Management System (QMS) in place, and many are taking advantage of Green Deal Training programmes to get their businesses up to speed and to up-skill for all areas of work.
In order to be qualified as a Green Deal Assessor, individuals will need to complete the Diploma in Domestic Green Deal Advice (or Non-domestic Green Deal Advice, if focusing on commercial properties).
Whilst uptake of Green Deal Advisor training, to gain accreditation to provide Green Deal Advice Reports (GDAR), is on the increase since the launch of the programme in January, Green Deal Advisors are needed urgently as a GDAR is the gateway to Green Deal Finance.
The GDAR, which consists of an Energy Performance Certificate together with bespoke occupancy assessment of energy use by the current occupier, is a pre-requisite for any person who wishes to obtain Green Deal Finance.
Green Deal Advisors are trained to help property owners make the most of money they spend on their energy bills and help advise on making their homes more comfortable.
Existing Domestic Energy Assessor’s (DEAs) are taking the opportunity to up-skill so they can also offer Green Deal Assessments alongside other work.
The Government plans to implement 14m home improvements and Green Deal Advisors are urgently needed to meet these targets.
“The Green Deal will help thousands of homes stay warm for less. Those people will benefit from energy saving improvements - and their energy bills will fall. The UK green sector is a success story – it is the sixth largest in the world and has a crucial part to play in building a strong economy. The Green Deal will support thousands of jobs – not just over the next few years, but in the long term,” Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister.