How to make Green Deal Better? A Call for Evidence

BEIS are asking industry for views on how to make Green Deal more streamlined and more effective. They recognise that the current version of Green Deal has not taken off in the numbers wanted by Government. They are in need of a ‘Call for Evidence’ and encourage all of Industry to respond with ideas.

Elmhurst welcomes the 'Call for Evidence' and having invested much time and effort in producing approved software tools for the Green Deal Industry, we have a unique view of the current processes. From the outside the heart of the message is fine, Elmhurst has always stated that there is indeed a market for pay as you save (PAYS) model in the energy efficient retrofit marketplace. We are also listening and helping the Each Home Counts (EHC) workstreams deliver a quality framework for energy efficiency retrofits.

The current Green Deal scheme is far too bureaucratic and offers too much complexity, making it cumbersome for the home owners/tenants/landlords and others involved with the various stages of the process. The fixed interest rate was not enticing for individuals and due to these and other reasons the scheme never really took off.

The message from Elmhurst is ‘keep it simple’, place a quality assurance framework around good independent advice, ensure that installs are under a quality framework, and then open up the finance to allow incentives and innovative lending solutions to help people make their homes warmer and cheaper to run.

The focus of our feedback will be to ensure that the start of any energy efficiency journey has two stages:

  1. The asset (home) is measured taking into account what exists in the home (the RdSAP EPC)
  2. That an Occupancy Assessment (OA) is undertaken to take the asset rating and plug in the occupancy running costs.

With both stages the opportunity exists to give good independent advice, which can include behavioural aspects as well as the correct energy efficiency recommendations for ‘that family’ in ‘that home’.

The key to simplicity is to provide the opportunity for Domestic Energy Assessors to upskill to a Domestic Energy Advisor*.

People misunderstand that Domestic Energy Assessors are not currently allowed, under the regulations, to offer consumers advice on EPCs. In addition to this, the RdSAP methodology is based on standards, and only provides average running times and costs, to allow comparisons to be made between homes marketed for sale or rent.

Allowing DEAs to be qualified in the delivery of independent advice, fills the gap in current thinking, with the Occupancy Assessment tool equipping the Domestic Energy Advisor with bespoke recommendations for each family or occupant. (*Current Green Deal Advisors would be already recognised as this). Thus any and all advice given will be based on fact (the asset), and is based on the occupants within the home. Any new policy including Green Deal, can then set standards and finance options to make this a success.

Elmhurst will make its full response available later this week. But we encourage all our members to take the opportunity to make their voices heard. If you want to let us know your thoughts then please do, and we will attempt to add your thoughts to our final response.

The Deadline for responses is Thursday 23rd November 2017

Full details of Government Consultation:

Article Published: 21st November 2017

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