With the Government’s Green Deal consultation having finished yesterday, plumbers merchant Plumb Center has set out its response.
Tim Pollard, Plumb Center’s head of sustainability said: “With around 1.2 million boiler replacements each year, it seems obvious that heating engineers should play a pivotal role in delivering emissions reductions as part of the Green Deal.
“Installers have a unique relationship of trust with householders and they are perfectly placed to suggest wider energy efficiency measures that will be covered by the Green Deal.
“With an estimated 20 million homes that could potentially benefit from Green Deal measures, no-one should underestimate the value of leveraging existing skillsets and communications channels if the scheme is to be successful.
“As far as boiler replacements are concerned, Plumb Center believes that timely access to a Green Deal Plan is crucial, as approximately 80% of these replacements are prompted by boiler breakdown, where restoring heating is the primary concern.
“In order to maximise the uptake of low carbon technologies as part of the Green Deal, other schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Feed-in Tariffs will need to be effectively coordinated, giving end users a clear picture of the outlay and payback period as well as projected energy savings.”