NICEIC Emerges As Green Deal Certification Leader

21 May 2013

Voluntary regulatory body NICEIC has emerged as the leader in Green Deal Certification, it was reported recently.

The National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) has certified 380 companies as approved Green Deal Installers, more than any other certification body.

The news comes as the Government’s energy efficiency initiative continues to pick-up steam.

The Initiative

Launched on 28 January 2013, the Green Deal is designed to reduce carbon emissions across the UK’s housing stock, aiding householders to reduce their energy bills by making energy efficient home improvements.

Launched by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and operated by Ofgem, the initiative offers upfront loans to cover the cost of improvements such as Cavity Wall Insulation, Loft Insulation, and boiler replacement.

The cost of the loan, administration fees, and interest – which is charged at 6.96% - is recouped from a property’s energy bill. The initiative’s ‘Golden Rule’ states that the cost of repayment must not exceed the amount saved by making the improvements, meaning those adopting the scheme will not be out of pocket.

Green Deal Certification

Energy efficient home improvements carried out under the Government scheme must be completed by approved installers. Any work carried out by non-approved companies will not be covered under the loan, and will leave householders liable for payment.

As such, a large number of companies have moved to become officially certified.

“The Government is committed to ensuring that all work undertaken via Green Deal is carried out by registered firms,” explained Nick Wright, NICEIC’s Green Deal project manager.

“With interest in the initiative now ramping up we are seeing more and more firms look to get involved. We have witnessed a large number of skilled professionals such as electricians, plumbers, heating and gas engineers come to NICEIC for accreditation as it is a name associated with quality and assurance.”

NICEIC’s accreditation process requires the assessment of both the management of a company and its physical installation behaviour. To receive Green Deal Certification, a company must meet all applicable building regulations, including safe installation.

A company looking for approved installer status must be assessed for every home improvement it is looking to offer. For example those looking to offer Cavity Wall Insulation, Loft Insulation, and boiler replacement must be assessed for all three.

NICEIC is a trading name for Ascertiva Group Limited, a subsidiary of The Electrical Safety Council. In addition to regulating Green Deal Certification, the company is also responsible for certification of electrical installers and those working within the microgeneration industry.

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