BSI publishes standard for the Green Deal

An important stage in the implementation of the Green Deal has been reached with the launch by the British Standards Institution of a standard. The financial mechanism for the Green Deal involves identifying opportunities for energy improvements using qualified advisors, energy-efficient products and approved installers. PAS 2030 [Publicly Available Specification] provides a framework against which Green Deal installer services can be assessed and audited. Compliance to the standard will be a requirement for all Green Deal installers— whatever their affiliation, background or size.

Developed by the industry and sponsored by the Department of Energy & Climate Change, ‘PAS 2030 — Improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings — specification for installation process, process management and service provision’ will give property owners confidence in the competence of Green Deal installers and the quality of their work.

The standard will also enable installers to take advantage of the major commercial opportunity created by the scheme, which is expected to create 65 000 jobs and £15 billion-worth of business opportunities.

The development of PAS 2030 brings together the views of an expert working group — including Government, trade associations from the construction, building, energy and manufacturing sectors; business and consumers. The document specifies requirements for installation methods, equipment, tools, product and material suitability, skills and competence of the people undertaking such installation.

Dr Scott Steedman, director (designate) of standards at BSI, said, ‘BSI’s Green Deal installation standard not only provides installers with the ability to demonstrate their competence, but is designed to provide assurance for the public that the quality of work will be at the appropriate level. We were delighted to have worked with DECC in delivering the first Green Deal standard, which will help encourage adoption of the scheme and the best possible result for the UK with this energy-efficiency initiative.

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