Help for Installers; Consortia Advice for Green Deal Participants, Social Housing CESP, FiTs Update, EPC Changes
A warm welcome to Green News & Green Deal. With only 245 days until the launch of the biggest home improvement programme since the second World War, are you ready to take the challenge and massive opportunities for work? If not, we can help.
You may already be aware through my past articles that the PAS 2030 for Installers is due before the end of February. That means any day now if DECC meet their deadline. The PAS 2030 is just one part of the journey for Installers to get their Green Deal Quality Mark. Many are unsure of where to start to prepare for Green Deal. If you are unsure, the new ‘Green Deal Manager’ will be launched soon that will help installers through the PAS 2030 in easy stages. Please refer to the article No. 1 below.
Whether Installer, Advisor, Provider, Trainer or other, if you are intending to bid for work under the Green Deal, I recommend you register your details on www.greendeal consortia.co.uk. The Government is keen for small organisations to create partnerships with larger organisations and, for example, local authorities. The benefits of partnering, collaboration and joint ventures in sharing skills, experiences, qualifications, function and profile are great. The Green Deal Consortia is a free membership that will allow professional relationships to develop on a localised basis. More information is in articles No. 2 & 3 below.
With thousands of new low carbon jobs expected and a £1.4bn cash injection into the economy, Installers can start to plan their accreditation based around existing qualifications listed in Article No. 4 below.
The FiTs row still rages on. As per my article No. 5 below, the court of appeal rejected the government's appeal against a high court judge's ruling that cuts to solar panel subsidies were 'legally flawed'. However, the government is seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. Whatever the outcome, the solar industry has a bright and viable future based on indisputable factual evidence that this technology will replace the need for unsustainable fossil fuels.
On the subject of industry confidence, the once doomed Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) is due for a revamp. The Green Deal has forced changes to the traditional EPC from April 2012. EPC’s have never reached their full potential due to a general lack of awareness by both customers and agents. With obligations to be placed on property practitioners, EPCs will no longer be an enigma. See my article No. 6 below.
For my Social Housing colleagues, I have written article No. 7 below on CESP funding and a proposed change in its approach. With a strong possibility of 100% funding, it is important for social landlords and property managers to take advantage of the opportunity, get their stock low carbon, and reduce fuel poverty.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any Green Deal services. As leading experts, we keep abreast of all the Green De development to ensure you are ahead of the game.
Phyllis Boardman BSc (Hons) MCIH
PB Energy Solutions Ltd
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Installers of insulation, Solar PV installers, Solar thermal installers, Biomass heating installers, Air source heat pump installers, Heating engineers, plumbers and electricians. All of these trades can benefit greatly from the new Green Deal. We have broken down the PAS2030 into manageable segments and offer templates for our users to use as a basis for their documents of accreditation.
Register your interest in Green Deal Work: Advisers; Installers; Providers; Trainers; other.
Get ahead of your game and register your details if you are intending to bid for work under the Green Deal. The Government is encouraging small organisations to create partnerships with larger organisations or local authorities, and to participate in the creation of consortia of certified and accredited companies. The Green Deal Consortia is a free membership, which will allow partnerships to develop on a localised basis.
Prepare now to qualify for Green Deal work from October 2012. The Green Deal aims to retrofit up to 14million UK homes with energy saving measures by 2020. How can SMEs take advantage?
DECC has today made new provision for a reduced tariff rate (from 1 April 2012 onwards) for new solar PV installations with an eligibility date on or after 3 March 2012 under the Feed – in Tariffs scheme (FITs).
Green Deal will trigger changes to the traditional Energy Performance Certificates (EPC), which provide prospective buyers and tenants the energy efficiency ratings of a property. However, they have never reached their full potential due to a general lack of awareness by both customers and agents.
Generally, CESP funding is on a match fund basis but there may be a significant change in this approach. With a strong possibility of 100% funding, which is very scarce, it is important for social landlords and property managers take advantage of the opportunity and get their homes to low carbon and reduce fuel poverty.
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