Green Deal "fraught with danger"

Published:  29 October, 2012

UK: The Green Deal could be fraught with problems says Andrew Leech, executive director National Home Improvement Council.

The Green Deal requires householders to raise the money for energy efficient home improvements possibly through a utility and repay it via savings in energy bills. "In a nutshell the loan will be on the property and not the individual," Leech says. There is concern about the effect on property saddled with home improvement loans.

But the potential is huge he says. "Our total housing stock is around 26 million and amongst the oldest in Europe. The problem is that substantial number of them are already over 100 years old and probably will be proving roofs over our heads well into next century."

"Green Deal holds a key to opening the door to our housing stock's future improvement, plus a major boost to our chronically ill economy."

The National Home Improvement Council is concerned about how the deal will work. When it comes to workmanship standards which are imperative for Green Deal's success, there are three crucial elements to be considered. There is the Provider, who provides the loan and has the energy efficient improvements carried out, the Assessor, who agrees what work has to be done, and the SME who is approved to carry out the work.

"The last thing the NHIC and other SME organisations want is for providers to insist on their own list of specified trades people to carry out this work, when there are many trades people fully accredited with the necessary certification to carry out this work, to a high standard."

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