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Posted on: 2011-11-27 14:06:53

Dear all

Welcome to another week of Green Deal activities!

There have been some major developments with key documents released by the Government.  I have therefore been busy analysing it all; writing out summaries, and posting articles about all those areas which could be most relevant to my readership.

Does the Government mean business on Green Deal?  Apparently so!  They have committed to make the Green Deal hit the ground running, and to make it as attractive as possible so that people take it up from day one.  There will be a further boost of £200million pounds of extra subsidy for a limited period of time as an introductory incentive.  

One of the most awaited pieces of information is the specification for Green Deal Advisors both for domestic and non-domestic Green Deal work.  What are the qualifications, who the advisors will be, how will they get it?  I provide here the draft specification which is out for consultation, and although in draft status, gives an insight into the foundations you will require getting Green Deal advisor status.

This issue of skilling up fits well with the Guardian live debate I attended recently as a panel expert – the future skills of the construction industry.  Is it gearing up ready for Green Deal next year?  Have a look at the full article to see where you might fit in.

We have also seen the launch of the Government’s ‘Laying the Foundations: A Housing Strategy for England’.  My article provides an overview of this Strategy with a summary of the all-important Chapter 7 which covers the Green Deal.

The biggest stepping stone for the Green Deal, however, is the consultation document ‘Green Deal and new Energy Company Obligation’, also launched this week.  The consultation is seeking views on the Green Deal which is to be implemented in secondary legislation and in energy licensing.  This is a hefty document, but if you want any part of it summarising, particularly Chapter 7, please let me know.

As you can see, renewable energy, carbon reduction and energy efficiency is gaining pace!  The delayed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is available from tomorrow for business premises.  Returns are worth considering in view of the rising fuel bills.  I hope my article makes some sense of this initiative which also informs on the measures covered.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like me to cover anything, check something out, or 

just for a chat!

 Best wishes

Phyllis Boardman 

Phyllis Boardman BSc (Hons) MCIH

PB Energy Solutions Ltd

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This funding announcement shows that the Government is committed to the success of the Green Deal and will actively encourage and incentivise take-up so that it will appeal to households, businesses, and prospective providers.  The Government has committed to make the Green Deal hit the ground running, and to make it as attractive as possible so that people take it up from day one.

Renewable Heat Incentives (RHI) for businesses from 18th Nov 11

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for businesses will open for applications on Monday 28 November 2011.  After a short delay due to EU state aid rules, organisations will be able to apply to Ofgem from Monday 28 November and will receive payments on a quarterly basis for heat generated over 20 years. 

Where do sole traders & SMEs fit in the Green Deal?

In the new Green Deal consultation document, the Government is keen for SMEs to benefit from the Green Deal market.  According to The Federation of Master Builders (FMB), small SME building and contractors carry out about half of all repair, maintenance, and improvement work, and employ over half of the construction workforce.  What are their options?


The Green Deal consultation document has been launched.  It is seeking views on the details of the Green Deal and new Energy Company Obligation (ECO) to be implemented in secondary legislation and energy licensing.  This is an important document, and although 284 pages long, is well worth a read….

The Green Deal and the new Housing Strategy

‘Laying the Foundations: A Housing Strategy for England’, was announced by government this week.  It includes a variety of proposals to address current problems facing the housing sector.  This article provides an overview of the Strategy with a summary of Chapter 7 ‘Quality, sustainability and designs’ which covers the Green Deal.

Building on the 'Green Deal'

Phyllis Boardman of PB Energy Solutions joined experts from across the construction industry to discuss with the Guardian how the trade could deliver the government's 'Green Deal'.  The government's plan to retrofit 26m homes with energy-saving measures by 2030 could create 250,000 construction jobs – but does the sector have the skills to deliver?  

Draft Green Deal Advisor Specification

The standard for energy assessment and Green Deal Advice has been released in draft format for consultation.  The specification is a qualification and accreditation framework with assessment methodologies; effective redress routes; and is backed by professional indemnity cover.   

Last week's Green News and Green Deal

This week I have focused on preparing summary papers in relation to environmental requirements.  The plethora of legislation, regulations, certifications, accreditations – and how these all fit together – can be extremely difficult to follow.

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