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HPM April 2013

GASSAFECOLUMN A golden opportunity for engineers Ross McTaggart, customer services director for Gas Safe Register, explains what the Green Deal is and what registered gas engineers need to do to become a Green Deal supplier... In January this year, the government launched the Green Deal – a repayment initiative to help homeowners improve the energy efficiency of their home without having to pay an upfront cost. Instead, the cost of the improvement is incorporated into energy bills. Under the Green Deal is a simple rule: estimated savings on bills will always equal or exceed the cost of the work. This means that the energy bill must reduce once the work has been completed. It is, therefore, hoped that the Green Deal will not only help people make improvements to best suit them, but will also give huge opportunities to businesses who can carry out the work. As such, registered gas businesses of all shapes and sizes have an opportunity to find more work. Condensing boilers, flue gas recovery devices and heating controls, to name a few, are all improvement measures covered under the Green Deal. ADVICE REPORT So how does the Green Deal work and what do engineers need to do to take part? There are four stages to the Green Deal - assessment, recommendations, quotes and installation. The occupier needs to either find a Green Deal assessor themselves or find one through a Green Deal provider. The assessor will provide the occupier with a Green Deal Advice Report, which will explain what improvements can be made and estimate how much money could be saved on the property’s energy bills. The occupier will then discuss the recommendations with a Green Deal provider, who will offer the occupier a quote for the recommended improvements as a part of a Green Deal plan. Once the customer has agreed to the plan, the provider will arrange for the improvements to be made with a Green Deal installer. So, if registered engineers want to be considered for Green Deal work, they must become certified as a Green Deal installer. So how do you become an authorised Green Deal installer? Any engineer interested in becoming an authorised installer must ensure that they and their company meet the Publically Available Standard (PAS) 2030 for each of the Green Deal measures they wish to install, as awarded by a Green Deal certification body. There are no limits to the number of Green Deal measures an engineer may wish to install and be authorised for. It’s worth noting a Gas Safe registered engineer is already compliant to the safety specific requirement of PAS 2030. However, in order to meet the other requirements of PAS 2030 and become certified, an engineer may need additional training. Engineers can choose their certification body but when choosing, they may wish to consider the measures they wish to be certified to install and the cost of being certified by that body. Also, engineers certified under Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) may already meet some of the requirements of being a Green Deal installer so it’s worth checking with their MCS provider. So I’ve been certified as a Green Deal Installer – what happens next? Once an engineer is an authorised installer they will be registered with the Oversight and Registration Body (ORB) which allows them to use the Green Deal quality mark and promote themselves as a Green Deal installer. CODE OF PRACTICE ORB has a code of practice that all installers must adhere to. The code of practice sets out that everyone involved in the Green Deal process is properly trained, qualified with customer service procedures in place. This is to protect the customer, so that they can be certain they are taking part in a properly regulated plan which will provide them with real benefits. ORB will oversee the code of practice, so it’s crucial that all Green Deal installers keep clear records of all their work. As so many of the measures covered by the Green Deal need to be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer and ORB registration is free for the next two years, there’s no downside to engineers getting certified and taking advantage of the golden opportunity the Green Deal poses. You can find a Green Deal certification body by visiting: www.greendealorb.co.uk/certificationbodies/ certification-body-search. Registered engineers who want to secure Green Deal work must become certifide as a Green Deal installer Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com The best move you’ PHEX WEMBLEY 30 April PHEX DONCASTER 8 May PHEX SILVERSTONE 21 May showcasiNg the very best iN plumbiNg, heatiNg & reNewables braNd New feature for 2013 - ‘Total heatiNg solutioNs’ free coach TraNsport & free eNtraNce


HPM April 2013
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