» UKAS Accreditation for the Certification of Green Deal Assessors

03 June, 2011

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is establishing the Green Deal energy efficiency framework aimed at revolutionising the energy efficiency of British properties. The Green Deal will enable private firms to offer consumers energy efficiency improvements to their homes, community spaces and businesses at no upfront cost, and will recoup payments through a charge in instalments on the energy bill, fixed to the property.

DECC has made consumer protection and robust standards two of the key pillars for success. Therefore, to operate effectively, the Green Deal will require a large number of assessors who will provide advice on the energy efficiency improvements required for each property. These assessors will have to be assessed for suitability to operate under the Green Deal and to be appointed as such. DECC is requiring Green Deal Assessors to be subject to accredited certification for this activity.

In anticipation of the publication by January 2012 of a specification for the Green Deal Assessment process, UKAS is inviting expressions of interest from UK-based certification bodies to participate in a pilot programme for the accredited certification of Green Deal Assessors. The pilot will provide the opportunity for certification bodies to achieve accreditation under EN 45011 for certification of Assessors against the specification, which is currently being drafted. DECC has indicated that limited financial support may be available for certification bodies participating in the pilot programme to assist with some of the accreditation costs. Further details of this support will be supplied by DECC at a later date.

Expressions of interest should be sent to info@ukas.com marked for the attention of Nicola Campbell and should arrive no later than 5pm on 8 July 2011. On receipt of expressions of interest, UKAS and DECC will provide further information on the application process for inclusion in the pilot, including details of a meeting for interested parties to be held in the last week of July 2011. The timescales for the accreditation process are very short, in view of the planned launch of the scheme in October 2012, so certification bodies should be prepared to commence work on the accreditation process while the specification is in draft form. It is anticipated that assessments of applicants, including witnessing of certification activities, will take place between October 2011 and April 2012, following publication of the draft specification Applicants will need to be prepared to work to the tight timescales set by DECC.

A separate announcement will be made about similar arrangements being set in place for the accreditation of certification of Green Deal installers.

Further information on the accreditation process can be obtained from Janet Gascoigne (Janet.gascoigne@ukas.com). Organisations wishing to operate as Green Deal assessors should note that the certification arrangements have not yet been agreed. Further information relating to the certification process for assessors will appear on the DECC website in due course.

Click here for further information on the Green Deal.