The Government is establishing a framework to enable private firms to offer consumers energy efficiency improvements to their homes, community spaces and businesses at no upfront cost, and recoup payments through a charge in instalments on the energy bill.
The latest bulletin from DECC gives the overall outline of the current situation of the Green Deal Scheme. As far as PVC-U windows are concerned, the information to substantiate the inclusion of the product has been submitted and whilst there has been a DECC press release implying that the Green Deal will cover windows "The scheme will involve an extensive range of energy efficiency measures including installing insulation, replacing leaky windows or upgrading inefficient old heating systems to the latest high-performing models" we are still awaiting final confirmation.
It is worth saying that all windows designs and energy efficient measures that may be covered by the Green Deal have to meet with the Golden Rule. The Golden Rule indicates that the cost of the work (installation work including finance cost) must be less than the expected savings over the length of the Green Deal plan, which can last up to 25 years or the lifetime of the product installed.
The cost of windows may vary due to design or other factors, but an A rated window will save the same amount of energy and money regardless the original cost. Green Deal may meet the Golden Rule for a basic window design; however, the occupier can still choose a more expensive window by paying the difference in cost as a top up.
Until the Secondary Legislation is produced there are still more questions than answers within the Green Deal.
We will need more information from the government as to how the Green Deal will operate precisely. There will be organisational issues for the Members to consider such as how member systems suppliers relate to the 'Registered Green Deal Installers' and the 'Green Deal Providers of Finance'.
According to GGF some large multi-national companies (such as British Gas, B&Q and Marks and Spencer) have already been mentioned as possible Green Deal Providers, however the Government has not yet drafted the criteria for a company to become a Green Deal Provider nor have any Green Deal Providers been appointed.
The Government has indicated that there will be onerous requirements for organizations to meet before they can become Green Deal Providers including meeting the requirements of the Consumer Credit Act (CCA) and the holding of a Consumer Credit License.
BPF will maintain close contact with DECC and the Construction Products Association to ensure that the best possible case has been made.
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