Green Deal Advisor FAQs: getting started

What is the Green Deal?

The Green Deal (GD) forms part of the government’s Energy Act 2011, which intends to reduce carbon emissions cost-effectively across the UK. Essentially, the Green Deal enlists certified Green Deal Advisors (GDA) to identify areas within consumer homes where energy efficiency improvements can be made and paid for with no upfront cost. The improvements are carried out by certified Green Deal Installers (GDI) and the improvements reduce consumer energy bills. The cost of the Green Deal Installations is then added to your electricity bill payments. At the heart of the Green Deal is a simple rule that the estimated savings on energy bills will always equal or exceed the cost of the work.

Why do we need the Green Deal?

At a local level, the Green Deal will enable many households and businesses to improve the energy efficiency of their properties without consuming so much energy and wasting so much money. At a national level, the UK needs to become more energy efficient to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, which risk dangerous climate change, and meet its carbon reduction target by 2020 (34% reduction from 1990). Reducing demand for energy through eliminating waste cost-effectively is one of the best ways to reduce emissions. The Green Deal will deliver energy saving packages to millions of homes and businesses across the country, playing a key role in implementing energy efficiency measures nationwide. Consequently the scheme will provide opportunities for skilled and unskilled labour: from assessment to installation, manufacturing to supply, over the length and breadth of Britain for many years to come.

What qualifications are needed to undertake a Green Deal Assessment?

To become a qualified domestic Green Deal Advisor (GDA), you must be a qualified and currently accredited Domestic Energy Assessor, able to complete Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). You must also complete the GDA training course.

What does the GDA course include?

The GDA course contents can be best understood and explained by contacting a GDA training provider (see http://www.elmhurstenergy.co.uk/training/green-deal/domestic for further information and course details).

How do I become a Green Deal Advisor?

For more information on how to become a GDA please contact a certified GDA training organisation (see http://www.elmhurstenergy.co.uk/training/green-deal/domestic for further information and course details).

What is involved in completing a Green Deal Assessment?

A Green Deal Assessment includes the following elements:

  • An EPC;
  • An occupancy assessment;
  • A Green Deal Assessment Report discussion.

The initial assessment of a dwelling involves the completion of an EPC. An EPC provides a rating for the energy performance of a dwelling and is based on factors such as age, property layout, construction, heating, lighting, and insulation. If a property already has an EPC (completed after April 2012) then the property may not need a new EPC (assuming that the assessor is satisfied that the completed EPC represents an accurate reflection of the building as currently stands). Once the EPC has been completed the GDA will need to conduct an occupancy assessment which looks at the way in which the home owners use heating, lighting and other energy factors within their property. These two assessments are then used to produce the Green Deal Assessment Report (GDAR). The advisor spends time with the home owner reviewing the document and explaining the results of the assessments and the options open to the home owner under the Green Deal.

How does a GDA lodge Green Deal Assessments?

All GDAs need to work with a Green Deal Advisor Organisation (GDAO) to be able to lodge GDARs. These organisations operate under a set of principles and practices that have been previously approved under the Green Deal. A GDA lodges GDARs through one of these organisations.

How does a Green Deal Advisor choose a Green Deal Advisor Organisation?

GDAs can choose from any of the certified GDAOs listed on the Green Deal Orb website (http://www.greendealorb.co.uk/assessors/assessor-search).

How does a GDA work with a GDAO?

GDAOs need to ensure that all GDAs working under their banner are qualified, and capable of undertaking EPCs and Green Deal Assessments appropriately and accurately. To this end GDAOs need to receive all qualifications and accreditations from GDAs who wish to operate under their banner. GDAOs will also need to assess 5% of all the GDA’s assessments over a 12-month period, and either confirm that Green Deal standards are being followed, or work with the GDA to make corrections to their assessment techniques, ensuring that future assessments are completed appropriately.

Where do Advisors get Green Deal Assessments from?

Assessments can come from either the GDAO or the GDA themselves. Arrangements for sharing work throughout the country and for enabling lodgements to be completed swiftly will be available from the GDAOs and will develop as the market establishes itself.

How long will Green Deal Advisors spend on site per assessment?

GDAs will likely spend between 2 – 3 hours on site completing a Green Deal Assessment. This time will be spent completing the EPC and occupancy assessment, and reviewing the GDAR with the occupants.

Am I too late to qualify as a Green Deal Advisor?

You are not too late to qualify as a GDA. The market is just opening. Green Deal Finance will not be available until 28th January 2013. Also, the software on which GDAs will complete their assessments has not yet been finalised, so no GDAs have been certified to date. But the preparation can start now: if you’re thinking of becoming a GDA, begin by considering where your work will come from. It is wise to consider how long it will take to recover the investment required to qualify to enter the market and how this will be achieved.

Why choose Darren Evans Assessments?

We are passionate about making sustainability work for more families and businesses throughout the UK and see the Green Deal as a great opportunity to achieve this. We are proud to be one of only a few Green Deal Advisor Organisations across the country. We can support Green Deal Advisors as they complete Green Deal Assessment Reports and enable property owners to benefit from the energy-saving measures available through the Green Deal.

At Darren Evans Assessments we work to provide a hassle-free service for our customers, cutting through the jargon and keeping things simple.

We are working to develop a small network of advisors throughout the country, who are qualified, capable and passionate about undertaking these assessments. We are looking to build open and honest relationships with advisors to enable us to deliver a great customer-focused service throughout the country.

Whether you are a property owner or a Green Deal Advisor, we would like to hear from you.

Terminology:

Green Deal Advisor

A qualified Green Deal Advisor is able to produce Green Deal Advice Reports by working with a Green Deal Advisor Certification organisation, once available. Initially, only Domestic Green Deal Advisors (DGDA) are being trained and qualified, with Non-Domestic Green Deal Advisors (NDGDAs) following shortly after.

Green Deal Advisor Organisation

These organisations have been successful in their application to a Green Deal Advisor Scheme for certifiedadvisor status and registered with the GDOB. Green Deal Advisor Organisations are able to work with Green Deal Advisors to complete Green Deal Advice Reports.

Green Deal Assessment Report

GDARs are essentially an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with an additional Occupancy Assessment (OA) and are produced by a qualified Green Deal Advisor and issued at the request of the building owner. Green Deal Advice Reports are an extension of the EPC and offer further information on energy efficiency measures that can be installed in a building to reduce energy costs, based on individual behavioural patterns.

Energy Performance Certificate

An EPC provides a rating for the energy performance of a home from A to G, where A is very efficient and G is very inefficient. The rating is based on factors such as age, property layout, construction, heating, lighting, and insulation. The ratings are standard so a home owner or tenant can compare the energy efficiency of one home easily with another. The typical rating for a home is D or E.

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