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ENERGYEFFICIENCY


LORDS PASS GREEN DEAL LEGISLATION


The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has revealed that the framework underpinning the Green Deal has been approved by the House of Lords, in keeping with the department’s stated October launch date.


As from 8th August, the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body the process began of registering assessors, providers and installers. DECC will be publishing ‘Green Deal Provider Authorisation Guidance’ ahead of the registration process.


Authorised and accredited Green Deal assessors will begin to operate from October this year, so that consumers will be able to complete a Green Deal Plan at the end of January 2013 – when DECC predicts the relevant parts of the framework regulations will come into effect. DECC continues: “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.” Te GGF in conjunction with political consultants GK Political briefed peers prior to debate in the hope that they would raise the profile


of this issue and increase pressure on the DECC by making a case to Lord Marland, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, who represents DECC in the House of Lords.


Lord Dixon-Smith cited the GGF’s name a number of times whilst highlighting to the House a number of points raised in the briefing paper distributed to other peers and MPs by the Federation, including those sitting on the relevant committees in the Commons and Lords prior to the SIs being debated by them; and also to civil servants, special advisers and Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change Greg Barker; following the publication of the SIs.


Lord Dixon-Smith’s comments emphasised the impact that the newly introduced provision in the Statutory Instruments would have upon the glazing industry and disadvantaged households. He asked Lord Marland, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, to look at this issue further. Lord Marland was


questioned by other peers about a range of concerns relating to the GD, including its attractiveness, scope, take up and impact; matters of finance and the golden rule; and complications arising from a charge being attached to the property rather than a person.


Lord Marland’s response to Lord Dixon-


Smith on the concerns he raised in relation to windows and ECO and responded that people who qualify for ECO should have better standards than are the minimum for building regulations, but also agreed to write to Lord Dixon-Smith with further detail.


Te GGF will contact Lord Dixon-Smith to thank him for his contribution, and to encourage him to share Lord Marland’s written response as swiftly as possible.


To read the full transcript of the House of Lords debate on the Statutory instruments for Green Deal and ECO please visit; www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ ld201213/ldhansrd/text/120723-gc0001. htm#1207242000245


FMB LAUNCHES GREEN DEAL CERTIFICATION SERVICE


Te Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has launched FMB Certification, a ‘complete solution’ registration and certification service to companies committed to delivering the highest standards of customer service and workmanship in the building industry. Te FMB is offering these services through a new agreement with NAPIT Group Ltd, a UKAS-accredited certification body for Green Deal, microgeneration and Competent Person Schemes.


Brian Berry, FMB Chief Executive, said: “Te Green Deal is an exciting prospect for the building industry and will create new business opportunities for a wide


variety of trades, but companies must be approved to carry out work under the Green Deal scheme and that’s where FMB Certification comes in. As the Green Deal takes off we expect Green Deal certification to become a recognised mark of high quality service and workmanship among homeowners and other clients. Te FMB has been providing information and training to its members to ensure they have the skills and knowledge required for Green Deal work and now they can prove it by becoming an approved installer with FMB Certification. “FMB Certification will also offer Competent Person Scheme Registration and Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) Installer Certification.


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Tis means we can provide a complete solution certification service to companies seeking new opportunities across a range of disciplines and building types. It is important to remember that there are plenty of excellent builders in the UK but proving it isn’t always easy. Our aim is to help smaller companies to do just this by managing all of their certification needs.”


FMB Certification will start to process applications from September 2012. Interested businesses can register their interest now to receive a priority application pack without any obligation by visiting www.fmb.org.uk/ certification, emailing certification@fmb.org. uk or calling 020 7092 3881.


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