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Institute launches standards for Green Deal installations

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has announced the launch of a new standard to support the government’s Green Deal.

PAS 2030 - Improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings. Specification for installation process, process management and service provision has been developed by industry and is sponsored by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, says BSI.

It also states that the new standard will give property owners the confidence in the competence of Green Deal installers and the quality of their work.

There will be further benefits to installers, says BSI, enabling them to take advantage of major commercial opportunities expected to be created by the scheme.

These are predicted to include 65,000 new jobs and £1 billion of business opportunities.

PAS 2030 is intended to provide a framework against which Green Deal installer services can be assessed and audited, and compliance to the standard will be a requirement for all Green Deal installers whatever their affiliation, background or size, says BSI.

The standard is the creation of an expert working group consisting of government representatives, trade associations from the construction, building, energy and manufacturing sectors, business and consumers.

The document specifies installation methods, equipment, tools, product and material suitability, skills and competence of installers.

BSI is also one of a number of commercial entities developing associated training and other services, with a view to promoting greater understanding of the benefits associated with the Green Deal and to encourage take-up of the scheme.

H&V News is currently organising its Green Deal Forum, which will take place at its Camden offices on 30 May.