is the Green Deal?
The Green Deal is a government incentive to
help make energy-saving home improvements at no upfront cost.
From October 2012 you will be able to get
of up to £10,000 for Domestic or £25,000 for Commercial buildings to
help pay for energy saving measures. It is not a government grant,
customers choose to take the Green Deal finance, and will then pay the
money back to the finance company with interest through their
This means that rather than having to finance
improvements themselves, customers can get finance from the green deal
to install insulation, solid wall insulation, double glazing or maybe a
new boiler. This finance is not a personal loan, it is attached to the
property and does not move with the customer when they leave.
Deal has four main objectives:
provide accredited advice and recommendations to improve the energy
efficiency of UK homes and businesses
- Improve the
energy efficiency at no upfront cost to the homeowner
- To provide
reassurance that improvements will be executed to the highest standards
- To allow
repayments to be made through energy bills, with the opportunity of
switching supplier at any time
What is the
role of Green Deal Advisors?
The green deal advisor carries out the
required to enter into a Green Deal plan, which requires a qualifying
assessment of the building and recommendations for measures that could
improve the energy efficiency of their home, this can only be carried
out by an accredited green deal advisor using an approved calculation
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
What is the process?
The Green Deal
advice process involves five keys steps:
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or utilise a valid existing EPC (using
RdSAP version 9.91 for Domestic or later or latest SBEM for commercial)
which includes recommended energy-improvement measures, some of which
may qualify for Green Deal finance.
- Carry out a Green Deal
This is based not only on the physical characteristics and services
fitted to the property and captured in the improved EPC, but also on
how the occupier uses the home, to reduce their home energy
consumption. This is commonly known as behavioural advice. The Green
Deal advisor must visit the customer in their property and carry out an
occupancy assessment in line with the laid down occupancy assessment
methodology for the Green Deal.
- Produce a Green Deal Advice
Report (GDAR) – identifying
the individual measure or combination of measures that meet the „Golden
Rule‟ and identifying customers whose properties potentially qualify
for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
- Present the Green Deal
Advice Report (GDAR) to the customer – explaining
the components of the Green Deal advice report to domestic customers
and the implications for implementing the recommendations. It also
identifies the limits of the report and clarifies where impartial
advice ends and where commercial activities begin; and also explains
eligibility and options for funding.
- Produce an updated EPC
most up to date software RdSAP or SBEM) which reflects the effects of
the Green Deal advice and any other measures incorporated into the
property to improve its energy efficiency. This is the EPC which, once
lodged, would show that a Green Deal “charge‟ is attached to the
property’s electricity meter.