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Blog slams low carbon grant system

The Government’s Low Carbon Building Programme has been slammed by the president of the Institute of Domestic Heating & Environmental Engineers.

In his blog on www.hvnplus.co.uk Peter Thom questions the success of the Microgeneration Certication Scheme  (MCS) and calls on the Government to listen to experts within the industry.

He writes: “The Government is claiming that the Low Carbon Building Programme is a success with £87 million of funding not spent and only 31 installers accredited.

“I would love to know what they think failure is? As a result of this “success” they have extended the length of the scheme in the hope that the grants may get used and they are trying to convince installers that £1,800 is a fair registration fee even though there is an additional £600 per day inspection fee.'

“We have been saying for a long time that the scheme is too complex and too expensive for small installers to join, so rather than help build a qualified installer base in developing technologies this scheme is now a barrier.”

MCS is owned by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and operated by BRE Global. Products and installers are evaluated against robust criteria to give consumers greater protection while ensuring the Government's grant money is spent in an effectively.

BRE Global insists the additional paperwork and assessment process is needed to maintain consumer confidence and help encourage growth in the industry.

However,  Mr Thom argues that existing self certification schemes could be extended to both renewable and microgeneration technology.
He said: “Perhaps this is too logical and simple a solution.”

Read his full blog by clicking here.