In my session at Retro Expo last week, I took my audience on a 20 minute canter through its key aspects, including:
- The role of GD-ORB - the oversight and registration body – the Green Deal Code of Practice and Green Deal Mark;
- Green Deal finance, the Golden rule, savings estimates, standard occupancy and in-use factors;
- Advisor certification, and the importance of good advice;
- Installing energy efficiency improvements - PAS 2030 & installer certification;
- Protections at the Repayment stage.
Unfortunately, if attendance at my session was a reliable indicator, the Retro Expo audience had not come to the exhibition to learn about consumer protection. So for the benefit of those that do, over the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting a summary of what I covered.
This week, I’ll start with THE OVERSIGHT AND REGISTRATION BODY: GD-ORB..
It also maintains the Code of Practice and manages the Green Deal Mark, both of which are critical aspects of consumer protection in Green Deal. The Code is the overarching document that sets out requirements for all Green Deal Participants and Certification Bodies. It also includes specifics for the five types of participant…
Green Deal Assessors
Green Deal Providers
Green Deal Installers
Green Deal Products and Systems
The Code sets requirements for eligible energy efficiency improvements, training of Green Deal participants, data protection, cold calling, dealing with complaints, marketing, and the use of the Green Deal quality mark…
In this case, the Assessor (the organisation that contracts Green Deal Advisors to give advice and carry out assessments) is the GDAA.
The GDAA was approved to give Green Deal Advice at the launch of Green Deal on 1st October, and was the first organisation to be approved by BRE for this purpose.
Green Deal Installers also need to indicate the energy efficiency improvement they have been authorised to install..
In the next instalment of this blog, we’ll cover Green Deal Finance, and particularly the Golden Rule and savings estimates.
We’ll also look at how in-use factors, and the use of Standard Occupancy, provide further consumer protection to Green Deal customers.