Green Deal is the flagship green program from a government intent on improving the state of British and Welsh housing. The housing stock in both countries typically lacks green features and so is hugely energy inefficient. Energy loss from heat expulsion, old home appliances that use far more energy than needed and other non-green property issues combine to use more units of energy than desirable.
The scheme is made of up assessors, providers and installers. These all play critical roles in the provision of each Green Deal. An assessor inspects the property for green improvements that can be recommended fairly, the provider manages the green deal & provides the finance to the home owner, and the installers get to do the work of implementing the changes in the home itself.
The assessor has been authorised by the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body to provide their assessments for new applicants. If there is any doubt whether someone purporting to be a Green Deal assessor is indeed the real deal, then a full list of current assessors can be found on the registration body's website at www.greendealorb.co.uk.
Things To Know Ahead Of Time
There are certain regulations and rules of conduct that each Green Deal assessor must follow. It is useful to know the most important of them before entering into discussions with an assessor.
Whilst cold calling is permitted by an assessor or their sales representative, it is not usually permitted for them to attend the property for an inspection until 24 hours have passed. The home owner can themselves request an appointment sooner than 24 hours, but the assessor cannot initiate an offer of an appointment this soon. This is to prevent the feeling of being rushed into anything.
While an assessor is there primarily to inspect the home for improvements, it is also possible that they work for a larger business that also provides financing as a provider and / or works as a installer where they carry out Green Deal installations. Furthermore, the assessor can also have promotional relationships with other providers or installers who they recommend and refer customers to. In all these cases, the assessor must advise of any beneficial relationships at least 24 hours before taking the appointment.
The Green Deal assessor will view the property to inspect the building construction, including areas like cavity walls and loft conversions. They also look at other areas like heating systems and home appliances. Renewable energy deployment such as solar panels on the roof or a micro-wind turbine in the back garden or patio is also considered carefully.
The assessor produces an advice report which lays out what changes are suggested, the current energy performance of the home and what it could be if all changes from their report were implemented.
After The Inspection
If the assessor does receive commissions or other benefits from referrals then they might try to push a homeowner to use their provider. Their company may provide financing or they may also represent a company that does and perform a dual function. Any suggestion to sign an agreement for a green deal on the spot should be strongly avoided.
A Green Deal provider can provide a quote for the works, including interest costs for their loan. This can be sought from more than one provider using the advice report from the assessor. With plans from several providers, it is then possible to compare the offers to look for the best deal.