The Green Deal scheme is a radical new initiative that the coalition government is seeking to introduce as part of the Energy bill 2010-11. Currently still in the design stage of the process, the proposed legislation will enable business and home owners to fund energy improvement measures of up to £10,00, at no immediate cost to them. The loan repayments will then be recouped through the savings made by the customer, on their energy bills.
Green Deal advisors (or assessors), though their final role is yet to be finalised, will have the responsibility of assessing a property and identifying what improvements, if any, could be installed on the property. The method in which they’ll conduct the assessment is still in development, though it is generally regarded that they will use an updated form of an Energy performance certificate (EPC). The EPC will form only part of the assessment for advisors, with the assessment as a whole being referred to as the Green Deal report. Green Deal advisors will then use the Green Deal report to identify what energy performance improvements could be installed. Green Deal Advisors will be able to draw form a pool of measures already predetermined for the Green Deal. Although the measures available will be, in a sense, limited, the Green Deal will cover a wide scope of energy efficiency measures including various forms of insulation, double glazing, boiler upgrades and, potentially, wind turbines.
Green Deal advisors will relay any information accrued to the customer, keeping them informed at all times. Green Deal advisors will not only be able to provide guidance on what efficiency measures need to be installed, but also on how customers can reduce their day-to-day energy consumption. Green Deal advisors will also be able to inform customers on how they could change their behaviour in order to improve energy efficiency.
A Green Deal advisors role is not just limited to the early stages of the Green Deal process. Once the installation of measures is complete, Green Deal advisors will then be required to complete another EPC, with updated results showing energy savings.
It may be possible that Green Deal advisors be affiliated with a Green Deal provider, although this has yet to be confirmed by the government and its potential impact, be it negative or positive, is still being established.
Green Deal advisors will form an integral role within the Green Deal, as they will often be the first physical contact customers will have with someone representing the Green Deal. There is also a potential for customers to be subjected to ‘rouge traders’, common within the industry. In a bid to tackle any possible fraudulent activity Green Deal advisors will be governed by a new set of industry standards and accreditations, currently being developed by the government and industry professionals. Under the proposed standards Green Deal advisors will have to demonstrate their ability and competence in completing assessments. Green Deal advisors will also be required to go through rigorous testing and qualification programs to become accredited advisors. The current proposition is that this new standard be called the ‘Green Mark’. Green Deal advisors will have to display the Green Mark in order for customers to establish that they comply with the standards set out to them. It is intended that the Green Mark should function in the same way as ‘Gas Safe’ or ‘Trustmark’.
For more information on The Green Deal please visitwww.blcpropertyservices.com/the-green-deal