Plumbers merchant Plumb Center has launched a new website to help plumbers make the most of the Green Deal.
The Green Deal initiative allows householders to upgrade their homes in terms of energy efficiency, paying for the work over time, via their energy bills.
Plumb Center believes that a broken boiler will be the most common trigger for homeowners to explore Green Deal improvements to their home. Therefore a Gas Safe installer is the best placed skilled person to carry out a Green Deal assessment, and to carry out the resulting installation work.
The new website, gogreendeal.co.uk has sections tailored to both installers and homeowners, who can use the site to request a Green Deal assessment for their property.
It features a short animation that sets out in everyday terms how the Green Deal will work, and a wealth of information and guidance about topics including:
· Becoming a Green Deal Installer
· Training to become a Green Deal Advisor
· The Energy Company Obligation
· The ‘golden rule’
· Green Deal ‘measures’
· Plumb Center’s Green Deal iPad application
In association with Sevenoaks Energy Academy, Plumb Center will train installers to be Green Deal Advisors in five days of coursework, if they are Gas Safe registered engineers or MCS accredited installers. A portfolio of assessments is also required for accreditation. Many installers will also need to become accredited Green Deal Installers, a process with which Plumb Center can also assist.
Plumb Center’s renewables director Simon Allan said: “What makes this website different is that it’s designed for installers first and foremost. Plumb Center has talked with hundreds of installers at events around the country about the opportunities presented by the Green Deal.
“We’ve also developed and launched a training course specifically to enable installers to operate as Green Deal Advisors. In so doing we have acquired a great deal of knowledge about the practicalities of the Green Deal for installers, which is now freely available on this website.”