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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. For details please read on:

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

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? Full article:

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. Full article . .

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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