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Framework on track for October - 24 July 2012

Press Release:

The underpinning framework for the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) passed another milestone yesterday, 23 July, as the secondary legislation was approved by the House of Lords - keeping us on track to Framework completion by October.

In our consultation response, on 11 June, we confirmed Government's intention to introduce the Green Deal through supporting a responsible and controlled approach with full national systems testing. This is to ensure the market has the opportunity to build steadily.

From 8th August the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body will begin registering assessors, providers and installers. Ahead of the opening of the Register of Green Deal Participants, we will publish the Green Deal Provider Authorisation Guidance – essential reading for potential Green Deal providers on what they need to do to become established and authorised in that role.

From October authorised and accredited assessors will be able to begin operating so consumers will be ready to complete a Green Deal Plan at the end of January, when the relevant parts of the framework regulations come into effect.

Green Deal authorised installers will be able to complete work for consumers prior to the end of January if paid for upfront or wholly supported by the Energy Company Obligation. We expect the number of Green Deal offers available to build from there as more providers enter the market.

Also in October ECO begins, enabling energy companies and others to start delivering energy efficiency and heating measures.

 

Framework on track for October - look out for forthcoming summer announcements

HECA – we are revitalising the Home Energy Conservation Act requiring all English local authorities to report on proposed energy conservation measures to improve the energy efficiency of their residential accommodation – bearing in mind that the Green Deal can enable them to achieve this. We will shortly publish guidance to local authorities on the requirements and how they might consider framing their local priorities and ambitions – they are best placed to know the needs of their local residents, businesses and areas.

And continuing to ensure that Green Deal participants have the guidance they need to get going and to meet the needs of the programme, DECC is pleased to be supporting a project led by the Centre for Sustainable Energy to produce an interactive pack for community groups and others to enable them to prepare for and make the best of the opportunities presented by the Green Deal. The pack will provide robust guidance for communities on getting the best from the Green Deal in their area, including understanding the local housing stock and the opportunities for improvement; defining the options available in their locality, given the skills, resources and experience available within it; negotiating with Green Deal Providers and other parts of the Green Deal supply chain, and engaging local people in a refurbishment scheme.


Green Deal Secondary Legislation – 2 July 2012

On Monday 2 July secondary legislation was passed by the House of Commons and will be in front of the Lords on 23 July.

This is a significant milestone. With the legislation almost in place Green Deal and ECO are into delivery phase.

We have listened to the clear message from stakeholders that a managed, tested and careful introduction of the Green Deal is necessary right to ensure successful full scale delivery. This fits exactly with our objective of a Green Deal that provides an excellent customer experience from the start and a market where a range of new players can readily participate.

The completed Green Deal and ECO Framework will allow the market to come into existence – though it will of course be up to companies to decide when and how to enter. We will continue to work with delivery partners to start the Green Deal with an early period of focussed testing which will build into a national roll out.

Last month we published the response to the public consultation and continue to build the Green Deal Framework. On June 14th we announced that Gemserv, in partnership with REAL will operate the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body. The new body will oversee the Green Deal standards and ensure our frameworks deliver. It will begin registering and authorising advisors, installers and providers from early August – and there will be no fees for registration in the first two years. 'The Ombudsman Service' will operate as the Green Deal Ombudsmen and Investigation Body.

The Green Deal Code of Practice was laid in Parliament on Thursday 28 June and supplements secondary legislation. The requirements set out in the Code are designed to ensure that all Green Deal Participants and Certification Bodies operate fairly and transparently; deliver good customer service; have adequate levels of training; and provide appropriate redress mechanisms for customers. Green Deal Participants and Certification Bodies must abide by the conditions set out in the Code in order to operate in the Green Deal, and this will be monitored by the Oversight and Registration Body.

From October, Green Deal assessors will be able to complete assessments and providers will be able use the assessment to issue quotes so consumers will be ready to complete a Green Deal plan at the end of January, when the relevant parts of the framework regulations come into effect.

Green Deal authorised installers will be able to complete work for consumers prior to the end of January if paid for upfront or wholly supported by the Energy Company Obligation. We expect the number of offers available to build from there as more providers enter the market.

SME GREEN DEAL ROUNDTABLE: 20 JUNE 2012

A new group tasked with looking at how to deliver business models that enable SMEs and micro businesses to get involved in delivering the energy efficiency measures available under the Green Deal has met for the first time on Wednesday.

The “Roundtable on SME-led Green Deal models” is being co-convened by the Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP, Honorary President of the National Home Improvement Council and includes membership from a number of Trade Bodies representing small companies and trades people, including the Federation of Master Builders, Electrical Contractors Association and the Glass and Glazing Federation.*

Launching the new roundtable, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “The Green Deal will be a massive opportunity for businesses of all sizes and one of my personal priorities is to see smaller businesses - such as local builders, plumbers and roofers - get a big slice of the action too.”

The panel will provide recommendations to DECC Ministers on how SME-led business models can be delivered, the best means to communicate the Green Deal to SME Trades and how this can be done to tie in with wider communications activites to promote the Green Deal.

The panel’s next meeting takes place in July. Read More


Green Deal Oversight Body and Ombudsman announced - 14 June 2012

  • Gemserv wins contract for oversight of Green Deal
  • Ombudsman Services Ltd to act as the Ombudsman and Investigation service for Green Deal

DECC has today announced two appointments to help ensure robust management of the Green Deal programme.

Multi service provider Gemserv will run the new Green Deal oversight body and will be responsible for the registration of assessors, installers and providers and monitoring compliance with the Code of Practice under the Government’s flagship energy efficiency programme.

Gemserv, with their partners REAL, has been chosen to provide these services on behalf of DECC for the next three years following an open competition. Both Gemserv and REAL currently operate the MCS scheme for DECC so are well acquainted with the challenges and requirements involved in operating a scheme of this nature.

The service will commence in early August ahead of the staged introduction of the Green Deal later in the year.

In addition, DECC has announced the appointment of the Ombudsman Services Ltd as the provider of the Green Deal Ombudsman and Investigation Service. This will be a free service which is easy to use for customers who cannot reach an agreement with their Green Deal Provider over a complaint.


DECC sets out the next steps for the Green Deal - 12/06/2012

DECC has today (12/06/2012)set out the secondary legislation that will give industry the green light to bring the Green Deal energy efficiency market into operation, alongside measures to strengthen consumer protection and reduce industry burdens and introducing a new, improved energy company obligation (ECO).

In addition to setting out the parts of the framework that are already in place, today's announcements give clarity to the market by detailing next steps to getting Green Deal and ECO rules set by October, including, in legislation laid later this week, ensuring support worth around £1.3bn a year to deliver energy efficiency and heating measures across Great Britain to help tackle fuel poverty and climate change.

An increased focus on poorer areas should see extra 100,000 households in low income areas benefitting each year, compared to our original proposals, bringing the total number of low income households and those in low income areas assisted to around 230,000 a year.

Following consideration of more than 600 responses to the Government's November consultation on the Green Deal and ECO. Read more in the press notice issued today [insert link]. Full details of the final policy are set out in the response document published today.

Energy Secretary and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey said:

''...Today I have published the Government's detailed plans along with the legislation that will allow the industry to bring the Green Deal into existence...

...I am determined to make sure that, in addition to creating huge opportunities for Green Deal providers and businesses along with thousands of new jobs, this new market in energy efficiency will deliver the very best deal for consumers."

Green Deal to Benefit from Govt Guarantees

August 08, 2012

 

Green Deal to be “early candidate” for ‘UK Guarantees’ scheme

 

The Green Deal is set to benefit from the Treasury’s 'UK Guarantees’, a new credit enhancement scheme set up to kick-start critical infrastructure projects by catalyzing private finance. Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, confirmed today that the Green Deal will be among the first projects to benefit from the public guarantees, which were announced two weeks ago by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. Up to £40 billion worth of projects that are ready or nearly ready to go, but are struggling to access private finance, could benefit from the guarantees as early as this autumn.

 

"I can tell you this morning that the Green Deal will be an early candidate for the use of these guarantees. The Green deal is the largest ever programme for investing in the
energy efficiency of our housing stock and we are looking at whether and how a guarantee could ensure that the finances are in place to get the programme of to a very strong start," Alexander told the Global Business Summit on infrastructure in London.

 

The guarantees are one of a number of measures the Government is hoping will kick-start the Green Deal, which launches in October and is being touted as the biggest national improvement programme since the Second World War. But among the challenges facing the national insulation scheme is attracting the loan finance for the scheme.

 

The Green Deal aims to make it easy and affordable for households and businesses to invest in energy efficiency measures, such as loft and cavity wall insulation, by taking
the upfront cost away. Instead consumers will pay for the energy efficiency measures through the savings on their energy bills achieved through the green improvements. But for the scheme to work, consumers must be assured the lowest possible rates of interest, which means reducing the risk to lenders. The UK Guarantees scheme aims to address this.

 

It is not yet clear what role the Government guarantee for the Green Deal will take, but a spokesperson for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) told GreenWise: "The Government is currently undertaking discussions with interested parties, such as the banks and investors on whether and how a guarantee could support the provision of low cost finance for Green Deal."

 

Green Deal Finance Company

In another move to address the potential financial black hole facing the Green Deal, DECC today announced that it was providing a £7 million loan to the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC), the not-for-profit company aiming to provide cheap Green Deal finance to homeowners and businesses. The GDFC, which has been seeking support from the Government through the Green Investment Bank (GIB), had to call a halt to operational developments earlier in the summer because it had not been able to secure the necessary funding from the Government it had been seeking through UK Green Investments. The latter has been set up to provide funding for green projects ahead of the GIB getting State Aid approval, which is expected by the end of the year.

 

Green Deal register

DECC also announced that the register for Green Deal providers, assessors and installers was open from today. The register will give the seal of approval to businesses that successfully go through the Green Deal authorisation process.

 

"The opening of the Green Deal register will enable businesses to start becoming Green Deal authorised and the Green Deal Quality Mark will show they have met our standards. Crucially, this will protect consumers, who will know that anyone displaying the Quality Mark has been through the required process to become authorized," said Energy Minister Greg Barker.

 


Green Deal Register in Open!


August 08, 2012

 

 


2m Green Deal Publicity drive!


August 03, 2012


The UK government looks set to undertake a partial U-turn and launch a national communications campaign to promote its new Green Deal energy efficiency scheme when it launches in the autumn.


Ministers have repeatedly rebuffed calls from the energy efficiency sector for a high-profile advertising and communications campaign to drive awareness of the scheme and its
ability to offer households and businesses building improvements at no upfront cost. Most notably, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) responded to a recent report from the Green Alliance think tank calling for a such a campaign by stressing that it expected the private sector to undertake the bulk of the marketing for Green Deal services.


However, the DECC also acknowledged there would be "obvious and important areas where government communications are important" to the success of the Green Deal, and
BusinessGreen has now learnt that it is working on plans for a communications campaign worth at least £2m.


Industry sources confirmed a number of communications agencies have been asked to submit plans for a £2m campaign, including proposals for what a campaign worth between
£5m and £10m could look like.


Sources who have seen the brief reveal the government is asking for submissions that promote the Green Deal and integrate messages about other green policy areas. However,
it remains unclear whether the campaign will extend to advertising or instead focus on other forms of communication and marketing activity.


A DECC spokesman confirmed that the department was in the process of procuring a communications planning agency to help explore "a range of options to promote the Green Deal".


He added that "at this stage nothing is ruled in or out", and refused to be drawn further on the plan, insisting that "the details are confidential until any agreement is finalised".


Industry insiders and green groups were quick to welcome the news. Green Alliance head of research Faye Scott said: "This is welcome evidence that the government not only
recognises how essential public engagement will be to the success of the Green Deal, but [also] how vital its own role is.


"Some form of national communication about the Green Deal is necessary to provide consumers with clarity in the face of multiple offerings and in light of the other energy
policies also targeting them. We hope this planned campaign will be a significant step towards meeting that need."


Scott's comments were echoed by Andrew Warren of the Association for the Conservation of Energy, who argued that some form of national communications campaign "will be
desperately needed to ensure people are aware of what the Green Deal actually is".


"There may have been a pledge from government to cut spending on advertising and communications," he added, "but there is a legitimate case for telling people what is going on with the Green Deal."


However, some sources voiced concerns about the relatively small scale of the communications budget and the ability of the government to effectively raise awareness of the
scheme.


"You can achieve a lot with a communications campaign," said Warren. "But £2m will not buy a lot of advertising space... and if you are going to constrain yourself tonot spending anything on paid-for media advertising, you are limiting your options."


News of a potential campaign will also prompt fresh questions as to when the government will confirm how it plans to use the £200m fund that has been earmarked for driving take-up of Green Deal services.


DECC officials told BusinessGreen back in June that the department was looking at some form of time-limited cash-back scheme to help drive initial demand for the Green Deal,
but ministers are yet to confirm the details of any offer, despite the fact the Deal is scheduled to officially launch in less than three months.

 


Green Deal Manager and
Plumbase


July 31, 2012


We are delighted to be working with Plumbase to realise a series of events in September exclusively for Installers in the North West. They are free to attend and will give would-be Green Deal installers a wealth of knowledge about the scheme from industry experts. The first event will be held at Wigan Investment Centre on the5th September between 5pm and 7pm.

 


Looking for Staff?


July 28, 2012


Green Deal Manager are working with Search Consultancy, who have 13 branches across the UK. They are ahead of the game in terms of the Green Deal. Green Deal Manager
members will receive preferential rates on recruitment and have full access to their range of products and services. See here for more details:

 


Green Deal gets through the house of
Lords


July 26, 2012


On Monday 23rd July, the House of Lords approved the secondary legislation for the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), reported the Department of Energy and
Climate Change (DECC) in a press release. By approving the framework underpinning the Green Deal another milestone has been achieved, leaving this Government’s revolutionary home insulation retrofit scheme still on track for its October launch.



In a statement DECC said: ”In our consultation response, we confirmed Government’s intention to introduce the Green Deal through supporting a responsible and controlled approach with full national systems testing, this is to ensure the market has the opportunity to build steadily.



“From 8 August the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body will begin registering assessors, providers and installers. Ahead of the opening of the Register of Green Deal Participants, we will publish the Green Deal Provider Authorisation Guidance – essential reading for potential Green Deal providers on what they need to do to become established and authorised in that role.”



The statement went on to reveal that authorised and accredited assessors will be able to start operating from October, so that by the end of January 2013 – when the relevant parts of the framework regulations are set to come in to effect – consumers wanting to take up the scheme will be in a position to complete a Green Deal Plan.
Prior to the end of January Green Deal approved installers will be able to carry out work for customers if paid for upfront by the customer, or completely supported under the ECO. By this stage, as more and more providers enter the market, DECC says it expects the number of Green Deal offers available to increase from that point onwards.



October will see the launch of the ECO which will replace the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and the Community Energy Saving Programme. Both obligations are due to
end in December. The ECO will tackle energy efficiency and heating measures in the domestic market.

 


Gas Safe and MCS


July 26, 2012


As it currently stands according to Accreditation bodies and DECC, entities who are Gas Safe Registered and only want to do boilers under the Green Deal and ECO do not need
to go through PAS2030 accreditation. However, Heating Controls are a measure under the PAS2030 and not covered by Gas Safe, therefore an installer wanting to do both Boilers and Heating Controls WILL need to be PAS2030 accredited. An unusual situation, but that is how it currently stands.


Entities who are MCS approved are not required to go through the PAS2030 accreditation process for the measures they have MCS in.

 


Green Deal Looms large


July 21, 2012


The Green Deal for domestic properties starts in January 2013. ECO projects start in October and so there is less than 3 months now to prepare for the start of what is billed as 'The biggest home improvement movement since World War II'. The Green Deal will kickstart a beleagured building industry and create thousands of new jobs in many different areas.


The process for installers is clear:


1. Make sure
you have a Quality Management System in place in your business

2. Contact one
of the 14 certification bodies (full list contained within Green Deal
Manager)

3. Obtain a
quote for the measures you wish to install

4. Certification body will inspect one of your previous installations and do a head
office inspection of your QMS


If all of the above is followed and in order, you will be presented with a document which states you may take part in the huge opportunities the Green Deal represents.


Green Deal Manager gives you the QMS, the contacts for the Certification bodies and the 3 certification bodies are aware of the system. Which means they recognise it as a
Quality Management System.


Be prepared for the Green Deal as there will be many thousands of installers contacting the Certification bodies in the next few months and their waiting lists for the inspections are expected to grow exponentially.

 


EWI and EIFS Training


July 20, 2012


Our EWI and EIFS supplier are currently offering the following 1 and 2 day training courses in External Wall Insulation (EWI) and External Insulation Finishing Systems (EIFS)


EIFS Awareness Training - 1 Day Next date : 21 August EIFS System Installation Training – 2 days Next date : 22 & 23 August


EIFS Awareness
Training – 1 Day Course: This course is aimed at the contractor who has had working experience with External Wall Insulation (EWI) and need to refresh his/her skills and learn some tricks of the trade. Each participant gets a full hands-on application training session of the system during the day. We take you through:


Why use
EIFS?
Health and Safety
Tools required
A general understanding of
U-values
Application / installation session
A guide to project
pricing
Environmental impact
Your questions answered
Terraco EIFS
Awareness Course Certificate



Each participant will receive a full information pack with interesting 3D graphics of possible work areas on site and full product information on the Terraco materials that are used during the training. A hand sample will be provided also for you to take home to help you explain the system to potential clients.
EIFS Awareness Training – 1 Day Course: £ 300 + vat.


If you are considering installing External Wall Insulation systems under the Green Deal, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

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Register to see details of Accreditation
bodies


May 26, 2012


Please do register for free to see our breakdown of the accreditation bodies. Its in the ever expanding section of free documents that are up there for your information.



Register as Provider now
added


May 26, 2012


You can now register as a Green Deal Provider on the system. Providers will be able to find installers by Company Name, Region, County and Measure. For Installers this provides a powerful route to market.



Full list of Accreditation
bodies


May 25, 2012


On 17 May 2012 UKAS announced the first tranche of accreditations against EN 45011 for certification of installation and advisory services under the DECC Green Deal programme. Details of the scope of accreditation for each certification body can be found on the individual accreditation schedules on the UKAS
website


The fourteen accredited certification bodies are:


Ascertiva
Group Ltd trading as NICEIC

Blue Flame Certification Ltd

BM TRADA
Certification

BRE Global Ltd

British Board of Agrément

BSI Assurance
UK Ltd

Certass Limited

CIBSE Certification Limited

Construction
Licensing Executive

ECMK Limited

Elmhurst Energy Systems

Energy
Saving Trust

FENSA Ltd

Oil Firing Technical Association
(OFTEC)



GDM UK and the BBA


May 22, 2012


We are delighted to announce that we will be working with the BBA to get the first Installers in the UK accredited under their Green Deal accreditation schemes. We have put up their Installers Accreditation Guide within the Manager. Register now to gain access to this.

 

DECC dismisses review


May 16, 2012


Businesses have been reassured today regarding the announcement that the PM has been hearing concerns about the smooth running of the Green Deal. DECC have stated that this is simply standard procedure when processing such a pioneering new scheme.


The Cabinet Office was simply holding routine meetings to assess progress on the Green Deal.


A spokeswoman for DECC has been quoted as saying:


"DECC are the lead department on the Green Deal and this has not changed," she said. "As with any flagship government policy the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister are kept up to date on progress."


However, there is mounting evidence that the ECO obligation will be restructured to allow for more help with subsidising those households facing fuel poverty.


GDM



Phyllis flies high!


May 08, 2012


Our very own Phyllis Boardman is currently visiting the US with a delegation from DECC and Greg Barker is heading up the visit. She was selected to go due to her vast knowledge of the Green Deal. The visit is aimed at investigating ways for UK businesses to break into the US sustainability market. They will be watching closely as the Green Deal is rolled out.


Please come and see us at Greenbuild in Manchester over the next 2 days. You can find us on the Salford University stand right by the seminar area. We are doing a similar offer
to the one at Ecobuild - A free PAS2030 with each subscription taken out before the show ends. This is worth £104


With the announcement of the Accreditation bodies imminent (14th May), there is nothing stopping would-be Green Deal Installers from getting ready for the Green Deal Quality Mark.


We are also working with one of the Pioneer Providers for the Green Deal. YES projects are going to be using the Green Deal Manager for their network of approved installers. By being on the system, you will be visible to one of the first and SME focussed Providers.


Green Deal Providers
announced!


April 04, 2012


This has been a momentous day. The first tranche of Green Deal Providers have been announced today. And theres some surprising names and ommissions. The full list of 22 is
dominated by some of the smaller players in the sustainability arena.


3 of the big six energy companies are missing, as are M&S and Tesco although both are thought to be following in the second batch.


British Gas, E.ON and Scottish and Southern Electric are confirmed. B&Q is currently the only high street retailer on the list. SMEs make a good appearance such as Toriga Energy and Yorkshire Energy Services.


There is no limit to the number of companies that can become Providers. Greg Barker said the agreement today marked a "watershed moment" in the development of the green
deal.


This news gives massive confidence in the scheme and installers should start to make preparations for being on the Providers' radars. One way of doing this is to sign up to the Green Deal Consortia:


The list of providers runs as follows: Ampere GDP, Anglian Home Improvements, BritishEco, British Gas, CarbonLow Group, Carillion, Empower Community, Enact Energy, E.ON,
Gentoo Group, Grafton Group, Insta Group, Keepmoat, Kingfisher, Mark Group, ReEnergise Finance, SIG plc, SSE, Stroma, Toriga Energy, Willmott Dixon Energy Services, Yorkshire Energy Services



Green Deal Finance co. Grows


March 28, 2012



Two local authorities have joined the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC), the not-for-profit company aiming to provide cheap loans to homeowners and businesses through the
Government’s Green Deal energy efficiency scheme. Newcastle City Council and Norfolk County Council are the first local authorities to become members of the GDFC, which has now been incorporated as a mutual and has appointed a board of directors. The unique consortium formed last year by mainly blue chip companies aims to deliver billions of pounds of energy efficiency investment to residential and business premises when the Green Deal launches later this year. A string of new companies have also joined, it was announced yesterday, and the GDFC said more local authorities were expected to become members shortly.


"Our continued widening of membership demonstrates the growing support of this initiative and I am particularly pleased to welcome our new local authority members, as I see
authorities as being absolutely key in the roll-out of the Green Deal," said Paul Davies, a partner at PwC who is coordinating the GDFC.


New members Knauf Insulation Limited, Scottish Power Energy Retail, Willmott Dixon, Re Thinking, Energy Solutions Ltd and Gentoo, are among the new companies to join the GDFC. They, along with the local authorities, join the 16 founding members of the finance company, which include companies British Gas, E.ON, retailer B&Q and banks HSBC and Goldman Sachs.


But it is the stated aim of the GDFC to widen its membership to companies and organisations across the Green Deal supply chain, including small companies, so it is representative of the whole market.


"By financing energy efficiency improvements, the Green Deal has the potential to radically transform the UK’s houses, with a huge reduction in our use of energy. The GDFC is an exciting public-private sector initiative – working across the whole industry – that is seeking to provide access to low cost finance for all accredited Green Deal providers an underpin the Green Deal," said
Davies.


Financing challenge
The GDFC has been set up to overcome the financing challenge of the Green Deal, the Government’s flagship measure to cut energy bills and carbon emissions from Britain’s homes and businesses. The Green Deal will enable homeowners and businesses to access loans for loft and cavity wall insulation, lagging and other energy efficiency measures. The Government says it will see billions of pounds lent every year and create 250,000 jobs between now and 2020. However, a rule of the scheme is that the loan repayments must never exceed the savings on the energy bills and companies and banks have been concerned they would not be able to offer cheap enough loans to make the scheme viable.


Davies said the plan gets around this problem because it will be big enough to access the capital markets and credit-worthy enough to borrow money at low interest rates, which it can then pass onto the borrower.


"The GDFC is an essential part of the Green Deal framework and its potential to offer an attractive deal to consumers," said Davies. "We will continue to work closely with Government and the newly formed Green Investment Bank as we all prepare for the launch of the Green Deal later this year.

New board "The appointment of a strong independent board with huge expertise in both finance and underlying systems is an important step in building our focus on providing low cost finance to underpin the Green Deal."


The GDFC board includes Martin Callaghan, former director of London Underground and a partner with PwC, who has been appointed chairman. He is joined on the board by investment banker Mahnaz Safa, Tony White, founder of BW Energy and non-executive board member of The Crown Estate, and Derek Lickorish, chair to the UK Government's Fuel Poverty Advisory Group.


 

Green Deal Great for
Business


March 23, 2012


In a keynote speech on March 20 at the annual Ecobuild conference in London, Climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced the coalition is to cut more red tape to allow small businesses in to the Green Deal market.


The Green Deal is the Government’s plan to improve the nation’s draughty homes and commercial properties at no upfront cost. It will be launched later in the year.


Greg Barker said: “I want to see a thriving Green Deal market which means we must make it as easy, as cheap and as straightforward as possible for businesses of any size to get involved. So I have cut the red tape to help promote a competitive market and reduce costs which will not only help small businesses in particular but will also make the Green Deal a better deal for consumers.”


In his speech, Greg Barker announced: Removal of the requirement to hold a surety bond in case of insolvency. Feedback from the consultation indicated having such a bond
would be very costly, especially for smaller Green Deal providers and would act as a disincentive to join the market. Instead, requirements will now be included in the Green Deal Framework Regulations and Green Deal Arrangements Agreement to ensure that a Green Deal provider’s ongoing obligations are fulfilled by the person who is entitled to the payments under a Green Deal Plan, and that the Secretary of State is still able to provide redress and recalculate the plan if the obligations are not completed properly Removal of the requirement to provide an independent conciliation service, instead there will be a requirement for Green Deal providers to have an independent conciliation service in place to
offer customers an alternate route of redress. Customers would always have recourse direct to the Ombudsman and therefore this service would only ever be voluntary for the customer. With this in mind, this requirement was seen as a duplicate which could add unnecessary time to the redress process. In addition, a bespoke Green Deal Ombudsman service will be procured to provide redress for customers Changes to warranty proposals. Lifetime warranties on every measure will now not be required as this would substantially increase costs for some measures, such as boilers. Instead, the lengths of Green Deals will be limited to estimated measure lifetimes and set minimum standards. Green Deal Providers will be required to utilise appropriate existing market schemes and where they are not available, robust minimum standards will be mandated. Responding to
the announcement Tim Pollard, Head of Sustainability at Wolseley, said: “Government’s new proposals are great for SMEs, reducing costs for businesses and consumers but still making sure there is a lot of consumer protection.”


David Adams, Head of Retrofit at Willmott Dixon, said: “We welcome DECC’s proposed policy changes. They maintain a high standard of consumer protection whilst enabling
businesses to drive down costs in a way that will benefit consumers.”



Seven steps to the green
deal


March 18, 2012



Article as published in Inside Housing: 9th March 2012


As the launch of the UK's national retrofit programme edges closer, social landlords should be ticking things off their Green Deal to-do list. The clock is ticking. In just a few months, the Green Deal is scheduled to begin. The policy will, according to Climate Minister Greg Barker, herald 'the biggest home improvement programme since the World War II, shifting our outdated draughty homes from the past into the future'.

The concept of the Green Deal is simple: the upfront cost of retrofitting a home to make it more energy efficient is too high for most people. So, under the scheme they can get their home insulated, for example, and pay the cost back over years via their energy bills.

Many of the details on how the policy will work in practice have yet to be thrashed out. But it's time to get moving because the Green Deal could begin as early as this October -
although many in the sector expect a delay until the end of 2012. Here are the steps social landlords can take now to prepare for the green deal's launch.

Work out a strategy

Take time to consider what role you want to play. Social landlords may want to become 'providers' of the green deal - carrying out or procuring the improvements, and arranging the financing. This may open opportunities, perhaps to offer the green deal to other social landlords or those in the private sector. Landlords could also opt to become a facilitator, working with partners, or simply observe for now.

Audit your stock

'Our suggestion would be to get on with auditing your stock, so you know what your baselines are,' says John Alker, a director at the UK Green Building Council. 'Whatever the final policy arrangements, you're going to know what you're dealing with - the state of the homes you're responsible for and what needs to be done to upgrade them.'

Protect yourself

Sophie Atkinson, group sustainability manager at 80,000-home Sanctuary Group, notes that even social landlords that don't want to become providers will need to take some steps if tenants are to have green deal measures installed.

For example, when a home is re-let, the tenancy agreement must make clear a green deal is in place and the new tenant will be responsible for any charges. If not, landlords risk a range of penalties, including having to cover these charges. Landlords should have appropriate IT processes in place so they can track properties with a green deal attached, she added.

Sort out your finances

'The green deal is a great opportunity and the UK needs it,' says Steve Drew from 6,500-home Alliance Homes, the first social landlord to come out and say it will be a green deal
provider, although he admits it is a risk to go early.

'We're looking to secure funding providers,' he says, and working out what the 'price of money' will be to finance green deals.

Get licensed

'Consumer credit licences will be required to offer green deal measures because it involves offering goods on credit,' says Melanie Brookes, a partner at law firm Anthony Collins. You can apply for a licence on the Office of Fair Trading's website. This means social landlords with green deal ambitions must bone up on consumer legislation. 'Providers should build in time for understanding and training on consumer protection when formulating selling strategies,' says Ms Brookes. 'How will the green deal be offered or sold - over the telephone or on the doorstep? This will avoid reputational risks of misselling issues and legal issues that your contracts may be voidable if certain information is not provided to
consumers.'

Find a partner
'Many housing providers may not become green deal providers, but it will be important to develop strategic partnerships with companies that will be,' says David Barrett, head of the retrofit team at construction consultants John Rowan & Partners. 'A holistic approach will need to be taken to housing stock to ensure that random properties and tenants
don't take up green deals offered by other providers, leaving your housing stock lacking consistency across the improvements being made. 'Finding the rightpartner now, means that you can work together to utilise their technical skills together with your stock and tenant knowledge. This way, tenants can be informed that a strategy has been developed.'
The benefits of undertaking the green deal could be significant Mr Barrett adds, because landlords will be helping to address fuel poverty against rising fuel costs, creating local employment and playing a central role in reducing carbon in their housing stock.

Engagewith your tenants
'Take your tenants with you on the journey,' advises Rob Knight, head of residential at consultancy Sustain. 'This is from initial buy-in and seeing the benefits, through to reducing wasted energy through behavioural change, and ensuring tenants are comfortable using new equipment and are getting the most from it. Tenant engagement will be critical for the green deal and ensuring their buy-in early will help allow for successful schemes.'



Pilkingtons embrace the Green
Deal


March 18, 2012


The UK Government’s Green Deal consultation is generating significant controversy. The NSG Group – manufacturer of Pilkington glass – however welcomes clear ecognition from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) of the potential role glazing can play as a key element of the policy.


At the same time, it is building on engagement to date – over the last eighteen months with ministers and MPs, and discussions with DECC itself – to help ensure this potential is fully realised.


With energy efficiency glazing proposed as an official ‘qualifying improvement’, the Green Deal is set to provide consumers and businesses with the opportunity to install high performance glass, when appropriate, at no upfront cost. Property owners will then pay for the installation through savings on their energy bills. This in turn provides an opportunity for the glazing trade to supply and install more ‘added value’ glazing product in homes and workplaces across the
UK.


Although a range of other qualifying improvements is more likely to be specified over glazing in the first instance, it has a key role to play. This especially includes specification alongside solid wall insulation and improving in ‘hard to treat’ older properties, by replacing single glazed sash windows with far more efficient vacuum glazing options such as Pilkington Spacia. Its inclusion in the scheme more broadly underlines the growing relevance of high performance glass as part of the energy efficiency agenda.


 

Knauf Insulation for Green
Deal


March 16, 2012


Knauf Insulation will once again lead the way in terms of design, innovation and expert advice at this year's Ecobuild, London Excel. The stand will showcase multiple solutions for green deal and all applications with products that are sustainable in their manufacture, helping to protect the world for the future.


Never has there been a more significant time for specifiers, housebuilders, contractors and installers to fully understand the products and solutions available for both new build and refurbishment, to fall in line with legislative demands. To meet the requirements of Part L and the Code for the Sustainable Homes, and integral to the success of the Green Deal, it is clear a fabric first approach is crucial to saving carbon emissions - and insulation is by far one of the easiest and cheapest means of reducing energy use. Its clear that the Green Deal will be primarily about insulation to begin with.


Visitors to stand N720 will be able to see for themselves the comprehensive portfolio of insulation solutions available for roofs, walls and floors; all of which have been developed to current Building Standards and beyond offering outstanding performance. So important for users, Knauf Insulation has incorporated this invaluable data into its Insulation Solutions for Buildings Manual 2012 edition, which visitors will be able to register for at the show.


In addition, Knauf Insulation will be holding live demonstrations and practical presentations on all refurbishment solutions including green deal solutions on stand N1660: encompassing solid wall; both Internal and External Wall Insulation Systems, cavity wall, suspended timber floor and loft solutions in the Renew section of the north hall.


Lydia Sharples, Head of Communications at Knauf Insulation comments: "We are looking forward to the next Ecobuild show - last year's event was very successful and once again,
we have the opportunity to address every possible insulation query and application. Our expert representatives will be able to give advice on innovative solutions that are compliant now with Building Regulations and the new Code for Sustainable Homes, as well as hosting a Green Deal Exchange. This will include leading industry partners being on hand to discuss the Green Deal to exchange ideas and thoughts and also exchange contact details with organisations, which will be integral to the Green Deal. Partners include certification bodies, assessors, installers, training organisations, funding partners, distributors, end users, and manufacturers.


"Ecobuild 2012 also gives us the opportunity to re-confirm our stance as the only manufacturer of insulation that uses a formaldehyde-free binder technology, based on rapidly
renewable materials instead of petro-based chemicals - the revolutionary ECOSE® Technology. It is free from formaldehyde, phenols, acrylics, no artificial colours, bleach or dyes are added and it reduces embodied energy, helping to deliver superior environmental sustainability further."


As the UK's leading manufacturer of insulation products, and the only producer of four types of insulation: Earthwool®, encompassing glass and rock mineral wool, extruded
polystyrene (XPS) under the Polyfoam® brand name and extruded polyethylene (XPE), Knauf Insulation is unsurpassed in its position to offer unbiased, sound advice on all areas of product application, whether it be for commercial, residential or refurbishment sectors.


For more information on Knauf Insulation please visit http://www.knaufinsulation.co.uk or visit the company stand N720 and N1660 for live demonstrations.



1,000 Green Deal Jobs in the
NE


March 14, 2012


A NEW company hopes to bring over a thousand jobs to Tyneside as part of a green energy boost.


Greendeal Solutions Nationwide Ltd, based in Jarrow, South Tyneside, are recruiting staff to sell insulation, solar panels and more eco-friendly initiatives.


They hope to capitalise on the Government’s Green Deal, due in October, which is expected to offer funding to help folk make their homes and businesses more green.


Company director Adam Elliott said: “This will help people in the North East by giving them jobs, but it will also help customers by making their homes more energy efficient.


“All the directors are from the North East and we want to help other people in the region get into the jobs market.


“We’ll get people through training, and help them as much as we can.”



The company hope to offer people who would normally struggle find work to get back into the jobs market.


“We will give anyone a shot,” said Adam.


“As long as they have a good work ethic, we are keen to give them a chance to get back into work.

 

“Even people who are working with the probation service – in the past we have employed people like that and they appreciate the opportunity.


“We don’t want the North East to carry on being the worst in the country for unemployment.”


The company expects to be able to take on up to 1,000 full-time staff, all of whom will be offered sales and marketing training.


At the moment, they are focussing on the North East but hope to expand nationwide.


The Chronicle this month launched a major new campaign to get Tyneside back to work.


Just The Job will make it easier for those out of work to find employers with vacancies.


Our weekly jobs supplement lists every vacancy in the area.


 


Govt. pledge �3.5m to Green Deal
training


March 08, 2012


The coalition government has announced a new fund of £3.5m to train Green Deal assessors and installers, and a further £10m to improve the energy efficiency of non-domestic
buildings.


In the wake of a study from the Green Deal Skills Alliance (GDSA) about a lack of awareness amongst contractors of energy efficiency measures and the Green Deal, a fund of £3.5m has been announced today by energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey MP to help train hundreds of people in key green skills ahead of its launch.


Nick Clegg MP, the deputy prime minister, had promised a year ago to create 1,000 Green Deal apprenticeships, and this funding, offered together with CITB-ConstructionSkills, is intended to make good on this promise.


That organisation, a member of the Green Deal Skills Alliance, is contributing £500,000 towards training installers of insulation, while DECC itself is putting forward the remaining £3m.


As pointed out by Brian Smithers, business development director of Rexel UK, there is still a widespread lack of understanding and awareness of how green technologies can
help people improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce bills.


This is despite the fact that since October 2010, ConstructionSkills has been running a "Cut the Carbon campaign in partnership with the Federation of Master Builders and
National Specialist Contractors Council, to raise construction companies’ awareness of the Green Deal legislation.


"Rexel’s recent energy efficiency survey found that over a quarter of Brits would be motivated to save energy if they had access to financial subsidies, yet 90% hadn’t heard
of schemes such as Carbon Trust Loans," Smithers said today.


The news was welcomed by industry bodies, including the National Insulation Association, and even greeted enthusiastically by Andrew Warren, Director of the Association of
the Conservation of Energy, normally a critic of the government's action on energy efficiency, who said: “Whilst the energy efficiency industry has a proud track record on training, it is excellent news that the enormous size of the task before us is being recognised by the secretary of state in such an immensely practical way”.


Solid wall insulation will be central to the success of Green Deal and ECO. Mike Threadgold, chairman of the INCA Training Committee said: “This funding will help to increase capacity within the industry to meet the surge in demand. SWI requires highly specialist skills and, by investing in the training and qualification of the workforce, the industry will be able to continue to deliver the highest quality standards.”


The Green Deal is the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme aimed at renovating millions of draughty, energy-inefficient homes and office buildings across the UK.


The scheme will begin in the autumn of this year and will support an estimated 65,000 jobs by 2015, but the financial details have yet to be announced.


Ed Davey said: “This money will help hundreds of people gear up for the Green Deal and ensure this scheme is a real success on the ground. We hope this will encourage
businesses across the country to fully prepare their staff for the launch of the Green Deal later this year.”


CITB-ConstructionSkills CEO Mark Farrar called on employers and the supply chain to also invest in sustainable skills training for their workforce, so they too can capitalise on the Green Deal.


A Green Deal Competency Framework is being prepared, which will be an integrated portfolio of National Occupational Standards and qualifications to identify the standards of
work and knowledge required to become an energy assessor, adviser or installer; these standards and qualifications will span a range of occupations.


The British Standards Institute (BSI) recently launched a new PAS2030 standard for all installers. Co-developed between DECC and industry representatives to ensure robust and deliverable standards as well as peace of mind and protection for consumers; details can be found on the BSI website.


To raise awareness of the Green Deal, the alliance is running events and other schemes to help employers, trade unions, learners and providers to identify opportunities for them; details of these are available on its website.


The new training will be administered by the Sector Skills Councils on behalf of the Green Deal Alliance. This group is made up of several existing skills groups - Construction Skills, Asset Skills, Summit Skills - whose members themselves are made up of representatives of the industries concerned.


£10 million competition In addition, DECC is also funding a £10m competition to be launched in early May to support the incorporation of innovative technologies which can achieve significant energy savings in existing non-domestic buildings.


Non-domestic buildings, such as schools, shops, offices, hotels, are associated with 18% of the UK’s total carbon emissions so reducing energy demand in this sector will help the country meet its climate targets.


This programme will be delivered in partnership with the Technology Strategy Board. Details of how to apply will appear on DECC and TSB’s respective websites by early May. Innovative solutions will be encouraged from consortia of key supply chain players, including building owners and technology suppliers, to demonstrate the energy performance of innovative products or processes which could ultimately be accredited under the Green Deal.



Green Deal Consortia


March 08, 2012


The Government are increasingly keen for contractors of all sizes to form consortia with other contractors in order to provide all or most of the energy saving measures involved in the Green Deal. The intention with this huge new programme of upgrades is that its not left to the large energy companies to have their own teams of installers, but rather SMEs should be just as involved in the Green Deal. Green Deal Assessors / Advisors, Green Deal Providers and Green Deal Installers should all register at www.greendealconsortia.co.uk
straight away to start creating these consortia. You can search for other contractors in the same area and obtain all their contact details.


Make sure you also check out The Great Green Deal site which has all the latest developments of the Green Deal - www.greatgreendeal.co.uk



"20% increase in workload"


March 06, 2012


Green Deal could boost firms’ turnover by 20 per cent


The Green Deal could boost firms’ turnover by 20 per cent, a survey of employers and training providers in the construction and built environment sectors suggests.


But the same research reveals a majority of employers believe that larger firms will dominate the Green Deal market, when the multi-billion energy efficiency programme launches later this year. The survey, commissioned by the Green Deal Skills Alliance (GDSA) and published today, also concludes 'there is an urgent requirement to upskill th workforce to deliver the Green Deal.'


The Green Deal, which is set to launch in October, aims to insulate 14 million homes between now and 2020, and the Government estimates 65,000 jobs could be created over the
next two years through the scheme. Energy suppliers British Gas and E.ON and retailer B&Q are just some of the major companies looking to get a share of the market.


SMEs: squeezed out Today’s research by the GDSA – a partnership formed last year between Asset Skills, ConstructionSkills and SummitSkills – found the majority of employers felt larger firms were more likely to dominate the Green Deal market, but that small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) could still win work through subcontracting to larger firms.


"We know there is disquiet within the industry about larger firms dominating the Green Deal market," Mark Farrar, chief executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills said. "We are working to support SMEs so they can discover and unlock the scheme’s commercial and employment opportunities."


The GDSA interviewed 400 employers and training providers from the energy assessment, advice and construction and built environment sectors across England, Wales and Scotland.


The research will inform a programme of qualifications and training to prepare the industry and training providers for the Green Deal.


Other concerns highlighted by the survey included a lack of knowledge in the workforce in areas such as building fabrics and energy efficiency; a lack of training in place to equip firms with Green Deal-type skills; low awareness of the Green Deal; and reluctance to start training unless there is a demand from consumers.

"The Green Deal offers real opportunities for growth, so we are working with our partner sector skills councils to identify training requirements and provide developmen opportunities that could help employers in our sector through these tough times, as well as meeting the predicted consumer demand for renewable energy," Keith Marshall,
chief executive of SummitSkills, said.


Sarah Bentley, chief executive of Asset Skills, added: "This report gives a frank appraisal of both the skills needed for the Green Deal and the concerns surrounding its introduction.


"Our work with Green Deal energy assessors and advisors concentrates on ensuring quality and consistency of learning which will help address some of these concerns and encourage consumer confidence."


The GDSA launched in January with £1.4 million of Government funding. It will carry out a two-year programme of training and accreditation.



Export the Green Deal to Europe?


March 02, 2012


Energy and climate change secretary calls for ambitious but flexible European energy efficiency directive.


Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has set out his vision for Brussels to adopt an ambitious, but flexible, energy efficiency plan that could potentially allow UK firms to export the Green Deal financing model to other member states.


Speaking at an industry event in Whitehall earlier this week, Davey welcomed a vote by MEPs in the European Parliament on an energy efficiency directive that aims to ensure
the bloc delivers on its promise to improve energy efficiency 20 per cent by 2020.


 


The EU Commission has warned that if no further steps are taken to reach the non-binding target, member states will only achieve half the improvements needed.


The draft directive, which will be negotiated with the EU Council, proposes a series of measures designed to accelerate energy efficiency improvements, and would also require member states to set their own binding national energy efficiency targets.


The plan includes an innovative policy to reduce the emissions from the power sector by requiring member states to launch "national heating and cooling roadmaps" by January 2015 that would aid the development of high-efficiency co-generation and district heating and cooling networks.


Governments would also be required to renovate 2.5 per cent of large public buildings a year from 2014, or find alternative ways to reach equivalent energy savings .


In addition, all large enterprises would be required to undergo an energy audit every four years from July 2014.


Welcoming the vote, Davey said he was keen for negotiations to reach a speedy conclusion so as to provide greater investor certainty and help drive innovation around energy efficiency.


But he also insisted the final outcome should not be too prescriptive, highlighting a tussle between EU parties over whether the existing non-binding 20 per cent energy efficiency target should become mandatory.


Monica Frassoni, president of the European Alliance to Save Energy, urged Davey to show more support for the directive by accepting the binding target.


However, Davey maintained he was seeking to establish a more flexible policy that would allow each member state to set its own individual non-binding target, claiming such a position could allow the UK to export its own Green Deal scheme to other countries.


"We'll be fighting for a good directive," he said. "It may not be the exact directive that colleagues round the table want, but let's be clear: we also need lots of incentives to get people to do this, both in the domestic and non-domestic sector. I'm not sure the structure of incentives has been working effectively."


He added that an "uber-prescriptive route" would restrict member states from choosing which kind of policy instruments, such as regulations or incentives, they would use to reach energy efficiency targets.


"One of the reasons I'm very excited about the Green Deal is that if we can get that right in this country, we can be exporting the concepts and notions, because I think we will be a leader," he said. "I think one of the fascinating things about our domestic policy agenda is that it can lead the way."


He also encouraged member states to develop more ambitious policies that go beyond the requirements set out in the directive.


"I think the agenda has to be a lot more ambitious than what is actually on the table, and we are going to tackle this with the degree of ambition we need," he said.


Davey also played down concerns from MP Alan Whitehead that energy saving deals would struggle to attract finance, and that without the right incentives the Green Deal will deliver "patchy" results.


Whitehead warned there was virtually nothing in the UK's proposed Electricity Market Reform proposals to create a market for energy efficiency. He also called for the government to introduce a feed-in tariff that would pay people for reducing their electricity demand when the grid was under pressure.


Davey admitted that attracting finance was a "critical issue" but maintained that new institutions, such as the planned £3bn Green Investment Bank and Green Deal Finance Company, would help ensure the success of the government's energy efficiency policies.


"What the government has been doing is brigading and innovating in the financial institutions of this agenda, and that's going to be very important for the rollout of the Green Deal in particular and the wider policy," he said.


"We've got to be clear where the money is coming from and if it can be an investable proposition with ideally no upfront costs... it's a very attractive model. And I think because the UK has this new model we are potentially changing the game in this area."


The EU Parliament Committee of Industry, Research and Energy rapporteur Claude Turmes said this week's vote represents a significant milestone for Europe's energy efficiency push.


"This vote is a major sign that Parliament, with a majority including most political parties, takes rising energy costs and energy poverty seriously," he said.


"Energy efficiency offers possibilities for job creation – notably in the building sector. Now governments have a choice: protect citizens against energy poverty and create many job opportunities, or allow big energy companies to make ever-increasing profits."


Article taken from Business Green 01.03.2012



4bn /year to be put into Green
Deal


February 28, 2012


The Govt. will reportedly raise £64bn from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and the Carbon Floor
Price mechanism by 2027 -an average of £4bn per year. This could provide it with
the revenue necessary to support the expansion of the Green Deal
scheme.


Government predictions claim about 100k homes per year will take up the Green Deal scheme
between 2013 and 2027 and a further 260,000 households a year are predicted to
fit measures funded by the Energy Company Obligation between 2013 and
2022.


If the Government recycled the carbon revenue back into the Green Deal, this could see
the Green Deal take off as they are hoping it will do.


This money
could be used to help all households or just to support the most vulnerable.
There is, for example, enough carbon tax revenue to treat 600,000 fuel poor
households every year, providing each of them with a grant worth on average
£6,500 to install energy efficiency measures. This would reduce their energy
bills by an average £310 a year.



Recycling
carbon revenue to make homes super-energy efficient could bring 9 out of 10
homes out of fuel poverty. It could also be used to quadruple savings in carbon
emissions compared to the Government’s new energy efficiency schemes and create
up to 200,000 jobs – exactly what we need to support the UK’s economic
recovery.


Please visit
www.energybillrevolution.org to find out more and to
show support



Airtight and ventilate right


February 28, 2012


Its extremely important to bear in mind the impact of some of the main measures of the Green Deal - draughtproofing and external and internal wall insulation. If buildings
are sealed up, they will need to be properly ventilated to avoid damaging fabric and the health of the occupants.


Heat recovery ventilation systems will be increasingly used throughout the Green Deal rollout and one of the market leaders is EnviroVent. Their range of low energy and
sustainable products has been designed specifically for the refurb market.

 


Interesting CO2 chart


February 28, 2012


The Chart below
is produced by Property Tectonics and shows a useful guide to bang for your buck
in terms of energy saving measures.


 

GDFC Incorporates


February 24, 2012


A
non-for-profit organisation set up by blue-chip firms to offer low-cost loans to
fund energy-efficiency improvements will be incorporated next month, providing
one of the key foundations for the launch of the government's Green Deal energy
efficiency scheme this autumn.
The Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) was
launched last October as a partnership between 16 companies, including British
Gas, E.ON, EDF, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Kingfisher, and PwC, as a means of
supporting the government's flagship policy for improving the energy efficiency
of UK homes and offices.
FURTHER READING
Gemserv seeks IT firm to build
"nuts and bolts" of Green Deal
DECC unveils 50-strong energy efficiency "SWAT
team"
The body aims to pool together loans made to households and businesses
under the Green Deal scheme, which are repaid via energy bills, allowing the
GDFC to access the capital and bond markets, thus driving down interest on the
loans from retail levels of up to 15 per cent to around six per
cent.
Speaking to BusinessGreen on the sidelines of an event in London
yesterday to promote the Green Deal, Paul Davies, lead partner for the GDFC at
PwC, confirmed another four companies have joined the original 16 since its
launch and the organisation will now look to formally incorporate in "the next
month".
He added the move to create a legal entity would allow the GDFC to
"widen membership [further] and start spending money".
As well as recruiting
staff and setting up computer systems, Davies said the company planned to tap
into the potential for councils and social land lords to use their position


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