Are your contractors and sub-contractors gearing up for Green Deal and ECO work? Is your Direct Labour Organisation ready for Green Deal launch 1st October 2012?
The new Green Deal scheme will enable social landlords to carry out essential energy efficiency works either under the scope of the Green Deal Finance Mechanism or by drawing subsidy from the Energy Company Obligation. Either way, there are a number of essential hurdles to jump in order to be able to carry out the work under the Green Deal Accreditation framework.
Green Deal customers will be able to access the scheme from 1 October 2012. Green Deal Participants, including Green Deal Providers, are preparing now for the first customers. Initial take up will be incentivised as the Government has pledged to kick-start the programme with a £200 million fund to provide cash-backs for the first wave of Green Deal customers.
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) complements the Green Deal scheme. The Government is putting in place ECO so that the big energy suppliers will be legally obliged to provide extra support and spend more than £2 billion per year to improve the energy efficiency of homes and other buildings. ECO will also ensure that hard to treat homes, and low income and vulnerable households will be subsidised under the Green Deal where the Golden Rule is difficult to meet. The ECO will replace existing Supplier Obligation programmes (CESP and CERT) from 2013.
The new and innovative Green Deal Manager - www.greendealmanager.co.uk - will fast track the PAS 2030 Green Deal certification, the essential standard to carry out Green Deal or ECO work. The Green Deal Manager is for general builders, plumbers, heating engineers, door and window installers, electricians and renewable energy installers who wish to install the Government’s approved list of energy efficiency measures. The on-line tool-kit will see them through a plethora of requirements and help them to become ‘Green Deal accredited’ and carry through home improvements under the Green Deal finance and ECO scheme.
The Green Deal Manager has been developed by Eco-Architect Graham Jack in conjunction with Green Deal industry expert Phyllis Boardman BSc (Hons) CIHCH who has a strong social housing background and runs several services including Green Deal Nationwide.
Graham said: “In order to become an installer of Green Deal energy efficiency measures, companies must provide a string of policy and procedure documents. Our online project management portal brings all of these together in one place, cutting through the red tape and streamlining the entire process.
“For a small investment, installers can both prepare for the launch of the Green Deal in October and continue to remain fully accredited going forward.
“All of the documents required are kept in one place on a secure and encrypted server which also enables collaboration across organisations.
“Our unique system is the first of its kind and the feedback we have had already from small installers through to PLCs has been phenomenal.”
Graham previously developed an online management site for Code for Sustainable Homes developments, which allows clients to see precisely what evidence is required for a Code assessment. The site, www.codewizard.co.uk was developed with the support of Liverpool John Moores University.
Graham added: “That knowledge and technology has now been adapted and refined to create Green Deal Manager. Given the vast number of installers within the industry now and in the future, we are expecting the site to be of huge interest in the run up to October this year.”
Behind the tool, expert discounted Green Deal Consultancy is offered and also free training on the use of the software. Subscription starts from as little as £59 per month with discounts for multi-users in the larger organisations.
For more information, contact Phyllis Boardman on 0194 289 186.
Phyllis Boardman BSc (Hons) CIHCH