The Green Deal passed secondary legislation in the House of Commons on
Monday, and will go before the House of Lords on 23 July 2012.
The DECC (the Department of Energy and Climate Change) promise a ‘…managed, tested and
careful introduction of the Green Deal…’ They intend to start by a period of focussed
testing before it is rolled out nationally.
Gemserv, in partnership with REAL (Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd) will operate the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body responsible for standards and delivery. Advisors, installers and providers will be able to register from early August this year, with no fees payable in the first two years.
The Green Deal Code of Practice are designed to ensure that all Green Deal Participants and Certification Bodies
- operate fairly and transparently
- deliver good customer service
- have adequate levels of training
- provide appropriate redress mechanisms for customers.
The Draft Code of Practice can be found on the DECC website
The Explanatory Memorandum can be found on the DECC website
‘The Ombudsman Service’ will operate as the Green Deal Ombudsmen and Investigation Body.
Important dates for the Green Deal
August 2012 Advisors, installers and providers will be able to register
from early August this year, with no fees payable in the first two years.
October 2012 Green Deal assessors will be able to complete assessments
and providers will be able use the assessment to issue quotes.
January 2013 consumers can complete a Green Deal Plan, as the relevant
parts of the framework regulations come into effect.
See our Green Deal Information project for further details.
There have many reports in the press over the last few days over the government’s Green Deal. A core group of Tory ministers are attacking the Green Deal as they say that due to current economic situation for most householders in Britain, the Green Deal could force many people to spend more money than they can afford on insulation etc. There is also confusion over part of the Green Deal which could mean that people wanting to build an extension, repair a boiler or replace windows would also have to spend money on energy efficiency as they would have to sign up to the Deal to get planning permission for the other work.
The group of of ministers trying to block the Green Deal include the Chancellor George Osborne, the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, Housing Minister Grant Shapps and Employment Minister Chris Grayling.
The Green Deal is set to be launched in October 2012 and was the work of Chris Huhne who resigned as Energy Secretary in February. He has said “The green deal means that home insulation is funded from the savings in home energy bills so people are better off, not worse off. Top Tories should stop posturing on green plans that help hard-hit households.”
Natural floorboards shrink and expand with the seasons. This means the best time to fill the emerging floorboard gaps are when they are at their largest.
Through the past months central heating systems may have caused traditional floorboards to shrink opening up wide gaps. These gaps can let cold draughts intrude into rooms making them cold and uncomfortable as well as increasing heating bills.
Now, when the gaps are at their largest is the best time to fill them. DIY gap fillers like papier mache and glue are not able to withstand the movement of the wood and will eventually drop through the gaps. As DraughtEx is very flexible it will expand and contract within the floorboard gap leaving you with peace of mind for years to come.
The same flexible properties also allow an easy installation in a wide range of gaps. Old Victorian houses often have wooden floorboards with strongly varying gaps. Our three different versions of DraughtEx will allow you to cover a gap range of 1-11mm width. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to receive more information or visit our website www.draughtex.co.uk
Figures released by the government show that the new Green Deal, which is due to start in October, will cause a big drop in the number of homes having loft insulation.
It is estimated that the number of lofts being insulated will fall to only 70,000 a year, whereas the climate change targets are 2 million. Cavity wall installations are likely to drop from 510,00 per year to only 170,000 whereas the target is 1.4million.
At the moment there are government schemes which subsidise the costs of insulation, but under the Green Deal these subsidies for most people will go, and a loan will replace them which will enable the homeowner to pay for the up-front costs using the savings made on their heating bills.
It is unclear how the apparent gap in take up will be solved and in December the government’s official independent advisors warned that the scheme was looking like only reaching 2-3 million households instead of the targeted 14 million.
You can find more information about the Green Deal in our Green Deal Initiative project page in our new Green Living area.
With the colder weather upon us, and some parts of the country suffering more than others, householders should make sure that their pipes are insulated sufficiently. If they are not you could suffer the nightmare of a burst pipe.
This happens when water in your pipes freezes, as the frozen water then expands with nowhere to expand to, your pipe splits. Then as the ice thaws, you end up with a leak.
We have a project on this very subject which talks you through what to do to fix your pipe if you do find yourself with a burst pipe, or indeed if you have accidently put a nail through a pipe, as the same process applies to either, so take a look at our Repairing a Burst Pipe project.