NICEIC: Interest in Green Deal Ramping Up

18 July 2013

The leading Green Deal certification body has confirmed that interest in the Government's flagship energy efficiency scheme is ‘ramping up’.

380 companies have now signed up for accredited Green Deal Installer status with NICEIC (the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting), making the training regulator the leading certification body in the field.

Interest in the Green Deal comes as the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) continues to push the initiative forward in the hopes of plugging 20 million ‘leaky’ homes by 2020.

Under the Green Deal, house owners, landlords and tenants can use Government funding to pay for a wide range of energy efficient home improvements. The list of measures available include: solar heating; boiler replacement; central heating; biomass boilers; Insulation (Cavity Wall Insulation, Solid Wall Insulation, Loft Insulation); double glazing; and much more.

The scheme allows for the householder to take out a loan to pay for the upfront cost of making these changes, with the loan being offset against the property's fuel bill. The scheme's ‘golden rule’ means that the cost of repayment must not exceed the sum saved, in essence resulting in the householder paying the same or less on their energy bills.

The Green Deal was launched in January, and to date nearly 45,000 homes have been assessed. After assessment, those wishing to take out a loan to make payments for measures such as Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation enter into an agreement, after which finance is released and work can begin.

In order for contractors to carry out work under the Green Deal, they must be accredited by a recognised authority like NICEIC.

“The Green Deal is an exciting new area for contractors of all trades,” said Nick Wright, Green Deal project manager at NICEIC. “The nature of contracting is changing, with businesses becoming more multidiscipline and looking to offer a complete solution for their customers. NICEIC is strategically positioned to be able to provide this.”

“The Government is committed to ensuring that all work undertaken via Green Deal is carried out by registered firms and 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.”

At present, 306 Green Deal plans are waiting to go live, with DECC expecting a surge in numbers shortly. The need for certified Green Deal installers is expected to swell with the increase in live plans.

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