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SMEs must prepare for October’s Green Deal launch

Posted on: 2012-01-23 13:30:05

SMEs must prepare for October’s Green Deal launch

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?

There is a huge challenge to prepare in time for October 2012 launch. Although the final specification of requirements is still awaited, SMEs must plan now in order to get a share of the Green Deal market

With thousands of new low carbon jobs expected when Green Deal is rolled out in October 2012 and a £1.4bn cash injection into the economy, there will be many opportunities.  Homeowners will benefit from energy efficient homes, lowering fuel bills and having warmer homes with no upfront cost.  These benefits will translate to work for the construction industry by seeing a leap in demand for work.

For many trades, the Green Deal will cover a range of energy efficiency upgrades.  The PAS 2030, a set of specifications and standards, will prevent unqualified installers compromising the energy efficiency of homes by carrying out poor quality work.

Installers will have to be certified by an accreditation body, which will grant accreditation if the installer meets the requirements of the PAS 2030 specification.  To be able to win Green Deal work from October, SMEs need to prepare as soon as possible and attain the skills and qualifications needed.

The final requirements for Green Deal installers in the PAS 2030 will be launched at the end of January 2012.  However, SMEs can start to plan their accreditation based around existing qualifications.

Qualifications include:

Providing Energy Efficiency Services NVQ Level 3

NVQ units for installing Solar Panels

Cskills Awards Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction)(QCF)

Cskills Awards Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction)(QCF)

City & Guilds Level 2 in Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction)(QCF)

ABBE Level 2 NVQ Certificate in IBT Loft Insulation; and

ABBE Level 2 NVQ Certificate in IBT Cavity Wall Insulation.

PB Energy Solutions and associates are developing the Green Deal Manager, which will fast track installers through the PAS 2030 requirements.  This is planned to coincide with the launch of the PAS 2030 by end of January 2012.

We will also be providing the means for SMEs, sole traders, PLCs, trainers, assessors, and any entity interested in any part of the Green Deal Value Chain, to form partnerships to gain strength in competing for work.  This is a free on-line listing, the first phase of which will be launched on 25 January 2012.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.


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