What is the Green Deal?
The Green Deal is a new Government backed scheme expected to result in the retrofit of 14 million homes by 2020 in an attempt to cut CO2 emissions in housing by 29% and 13% in workplaces. The Green Deal was launched in October 2012 and allows householders and businesses to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties at no up-front cost. The cost of the improvements will be met by a Green Deal Loan attached to the property, which will be repaid by the savings made from the property’s cheaper electricity and heating bills. The Green Deal’s ‘Golden Rule’ is that the annual savings made from installed Green Deal measures must be greater than the annual Green Deal loan repayment – therefore the net cost to the householder or business will always be zero.
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3 Easy Steps to the Green Deal
A detailed Green Deal Assessment using an EPC will be made of the property. Advice will be given by a qualified Green Deal Advisor. A Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR) will be given to the homeowner and a Green Deal Plan will be compiled.
Once the Green Deal Plan is in place the homeowner can instruct a Green Deal Provider to give them access to their Green Deal Finance. The Green Deal Provider will pay their Green Deal Finance directly to their chosen Green Deal Installer. The Green Deal installer will have to install the advisor’s energy efficiency recommendations in accordance with a strict Green Deal Code.
Once your Green Deal Provider has the homeowner’s Green Deal Finance in place, they can then instruct a Green Deal Installer to commence Green Deal improvements on their property. The Green Deal Provider will pay the Green Deal Installer and/or Advisor directly.
What is a Green Deal Assessment?
The Green Deal Assessment is the gateway to the Green Deal. No-one will be able to enter into a Green Deal plan without a qualifying assessment of the building and recommendations for measures that could improve the energy efficiency of their home.
How can the Green Deal help me?
For installers, by being able to offer Green Deal finance (with no up-front cost to the consumer) you will be able to sell and install more. It really is that simple! A new boiler installation may cost 2,000 without the Green Deal or 200 per year with Green Deal finance, and remember the consumer must save at least the cost of the Green Deal loan repayments, so the net cost to them will always be zero.
As an advisor, you will get paid by Green Deal Providers to perform Green Deal Assessments on properties
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As a advisor or an installer, you can assess properties for the Green Deal and also install the Green Deal measures retrospectively.
What does a Green Deal Advisor do?
The role of a Green Deal Advisor (GDA) will be to carry out a Green Deal qualifying assessment and produce a Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR) that explains the findings and recommendations. This is a pre-requisite for any person who wishes to obtain Green Deal Finance in order to pay for the installation of energy-efficiency measures at their property.
The assessment and accompanying advice must be carried out by a qualified and authorised Green Deal advisor. They will have a mixture of technical knowledge, practical competence and soft skills to provide households and businesses with the advice they need to take informed decisions.
In order to qualify as a Green Deal Domestic Assessor you must have successfully completed a Domestic Energy Assessor course (3 days training) and Green Deal Domestic Assessor course (2 days training).
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