Greenworks conducts first Green Deal Advisor course

Published:  26 July, 2012

BIRMINGHAM: The Greenworks Training Academy is the first training facility in the builders’ merchant industry to run the newly launched Green Deal Advisor (GDA) Domestic course. Available only to candidates who are certified Domestic Energy Assessors, the qualification allows candidates to carry out a Green Deal qualifying assessment and produce a Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR) that explains findings and recommendations.

The Green Deal is the government’s flagship energy policy, which aims to retrofit 14 million homes by 2020 and cut carbon emissions in housing by 29% and 13% in workplaces. It intends to achieve this by utilising a new Green Deal financial mechanism, which will enable the provision of fixed improvements to be made towards the energy efficiency of households and non-domestic properties funded by a charge on energy bills that avoids the need for consumers to pay upfront costs.

When the Green Deal comes into force in October 2012, all households and businesses will be entitled to a Green Deal energy efficiency assessment, which can only be carried out by a certified Green Deal Advisor. The Greenworks Training Academy remains at the forefront of the green building agenda and is the first in the builders’ merchant sector to offer the three-day domestic Green Deal Advisor course.

The training enables candidates to be able to provide information to customers on the principles, financing and operation of the Green Deal; to undertake, Green Deal EPCs, occupancy assessments and to prepare and issue domestic Green Deal Advice Reports (GDARs). The reports and calculations are prepared using a combination of RSAP and other Green Deal software solutions.

To become a certified Green Deal Advisor, candidates need to complete the course and then produce a portfolio consisting of five Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) and three Advisory Reports. A Witnessed Assessment follows this, so that candidates are observed carrying out the Green Deal Assessment and providing advice to a householder.

Dale Hillery an independent Domestic Energy Assessor who attended the course said: “We were the first group to complete this course and it met all my expectations. The trainer was very impressive and the Greenworks Academy was really good as it had a lot of the energy efficient products on show, which was very helpful."

Joe Patrick a Domestic Energy Assessor at Ashfield Homes Ltd also attended the course and was equally impressed: “It was a well delivered course and the trainer was a very good communicator. As Greenworks was an early adopter of the course, I also liked the fact that there were only a few of us doing the training, which meant we could ask more questions and receive more attention.”

The Greenworks Training Academy opened in February last year and since it's launch, has successfully trained over 3500 staff and 2500 customers with new courses being added all the time. Training hours undertaken at the Academy currently stands at 40,000.

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