The government launched its flagship Green Deal initiative this week as Darren Evans Assessments became the first firm to achieve Green Deal Advisor certification from NICEIC.
Darren Evans Assessments provides a nationwide comprehensive range of energy efficiency and sustainability services for architects, developers, housing associations, and commercial and domestic landlords.
It is now certified to carry out an assessment of domestic properties under the Green Deal initiative.
Green Deal advisors will be responsible for carrying out the initial assessment of a property to identify which measures will be appropriate.
Only those firms with the appropriate approval in place can carry out the assessments.
Darren Evans Assessments managing director Darren Evans said: “We have worked hard to be in a position as one of the first organisations providing a Green Deal Assessment service.
“Now we look forward to providing a first class service to property owners and Green Deal Assessors alike.
“We hope this will create new jobs and reduce the cost of living in a better environment.”
NICEIC can now offer certification to any business wishing to become a Green Deal installer or advisor.
Darren Evans Assessments was invited by NICEIC to take part in a programme to test the certification process and standards which Green Deal certification bodies use to assure quality for businesses undertaking Green Deal work for consumers.
Green Deal approval involves checks of all quality procedures within an organisation in addition to an ability to carry out the work.
By going through these rigorous checks customers can have confidence in the firm they select to carry out the work.
NICEIC Green Deal project manager Nick Wright said: “Green Deal advisors will be at the frontline of this important initiative.
“They will have an important role to play going into people’s homes and carrying out the assessments.
“It is vital that all firms carrying out this type of work have the correct and appropriate procedures in place.
“We are delighted to have worked with Darren Evans Assessments on their route to certification.”
The Green Deal is the government’s flagship initiative to reduce energy emissions from homes and buildings across the UK.