First Non-Domestic Green Deal Assessment Report Lodged

26 April 2013

The first non-domestic Green Deal assessment has been lodged, it was revealed today.

Muswell Hill Golf Club is the first commercial enterprise to lodge an assessment following the launch of the scheme on 28th January.

The north London-based golf club is now in a position to plan energy efficient property improvements without the need to make upfront payments.

"We are currently developing a five year plan for our golf club to cover all aspects of the club,” said John Brazier, Chair of the Estates Committee at Muswell Hill Golf Club.

“This sounded like a great opportunity to try and reduce heating bills and protect the environment by reducing our energy usage.”

The assessment was carried out by Haringey Council, which is currently offering free Green Deal assessments to local companies. The cost of such an assessment is reported to be between £350 and £1,800.

Haringey is looking to reduce its carbon footprint 40% by 2020.

Green Deal Growing Quickly

March saw a huge increase in the number of Green Deal assessments lodged, with more than 7,000 householders looking into the energy saving benefits on offer under the Government scheme.

That brought the total number of assessments lodged at 9,268, up to 31st March.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and other Government departments will welcome news that a commercial enterprise has signed up to the Green Deal.

With nine million households expected to be living in fuel poverty by 2016, the Green Deal is understandably being promoted heavily to domestic consumers. It has been estimated that some eight million homes could benefit from Solid Wall Insulation, and another six million from Cavity Wall Insulation.

But in order to meet European legislation on carbon reduction, the Government will also need to appeal to businesses to reduce their carbon footprint by better managing energy and heat loss.

That’s exactly what Muswell Hill Golf Club has the opportunity to do.

Should it decide to, the club’s committee can now arrange for energy efficient improvements – which may include measures such as Cavity Wall Insulation, double glazing, solar PV, and improved heating systems – to be completed under the Green Deal. As with domestic agreements, the cost of these improvements would be paid back from future electricity bills.

DECC’s next statistical report – focusing on the number of assessments carried out during April – is expected to be released on 14th May.

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