Friday 03 December 2010
Britain has some of the oldest housing stock in Europe and by 2050 most of our housing stock will not meet the modern requirements for insulation. So the Green Deal is to encourage us to improve these houses, including those difficult to insulate houses that haven’t been improved under previous measures. What does this mean? Well, apparently the most energy inefficient homes in the UK could save around £550 per year by installing insulation measures under the Green Deal.
The first step in the Green Deal will be an energy survey to give advice on the best options – so like an EPC then?
The second step is the finance for householders, which will be provided by energy companies and high street stores. Houseowners will then pay this money back over a period, the repayments being a lesser amount than the savings on energy bills as a result of the measures. The loan stays with the house.
The third step is that the householder (or business) receives their energy efficiency package. Only accredited measures will be installed by appropriately-qualified installers, overseen by Government – sounds like money generation for the training and accreditation bodies.
Our high street stores are already getting involved in green measures, e.g. providing vouchers in return for recycling in the Maidenhead area; provided you spend some money on goods from their stores! Our energy suppliers are under an obligation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from homes, therefore they have an incentive for all schemes of this type to succeed.
The Green Deal is also meant to provide employment, increasing the insulation sector from 27,000 to 100,000 employed. Does this mean that there will be reasonably paid work for Domestic Energy Assessors at last? Or will we have to jump through another £3,000 + VAT of training hoops to get a look in, only to find everyone else has done the same?