Green Deal Installers
As of August 2012 the government aims to introduce a new legislation making it possible for millions of homeowners, business owners and landlords to improve their energy efficiency rating. The new legislation will make it possible for homeowners, business owners and landlords undertake energy efficiency renovations in the form of double glazing, wall and loft insulation, solar panels and boilers, to name but a few, with no initial commitments to costs of up to £10,000.
Upon expressing interest in the scheme customers will then be referred to a green deal assessor, who will inspect the relevant property. Once the inspection is complete and the necessary upgrades have been established, the customer is then free to contact a Green Deal provider who will go on to discuss financing options available. The next step in the process is to install the energy efficiency measures, outlined by the Green Deal assessor. Instillation will be carried out by what are known as Green Deal installers.
Green Deal installers will be responsible for not only the installation of the energy efficiency measures, but also the quality control of any renovations carried out on a property. Should the work carried out be of subpar quality the Green Deal installers will be held liable. Green Deal installers will also be responsible for making sure that their work conforms to current and potential future recommendations and protocols. Green Deal installers will not be represented by one organisation or body as the complex and varying nature of the energy efficiency improvements means that a number of trades will be involved in the installation process.
Green Deal installers will have to adhere to strict government and regulatory body guidelines, abide by the code of practice and provide a standardised service. Green deal installers will be certified with a quality mark, in the same way anyone working on gas appliances must be ‘gas safe’ registered. Although it has not yet been established what the quality mark will be called, nor the criteria to which Green Deal installers will have to meet, it is the general consensus that this quality mark will be called the ‘Green Mark’. The Green Mark will have to be displayed by all Green Deal installers before they are able to commence working on a property. The mark will help Green Deal Installers demonstrate that they meet the requirements that are required of them.
Green Deal installers will have some sort of standardisation as energy efficiency improvements will be carried out by a number of tradespeople. Customers will expect the same level of quality, professionalism and customer service from Green Deal installers regardless of what renovations are taking place. The outlined framework is also likely to detail that Green Deal installers must have policies in place for product and material clarification, codes of practice including customer complaints and warranties covering materials and instillations. Should Green Deal installers adhere to the framework and guidelines it will increase consumer confidence in an industry already littered with ‘rouge traders’. The government has stated that they will ensure that all certification schemes associated with Green Deal installers will be stringent and demanding, but all the while achievable.