The Green Deal was launched by the Government in 2013 to help property owners make energy saving improvements to their homes.
Taking advantage of the Green Deal
An accredited Green Deal adviser will carry out an assessment of your home using an Energy Performance Certificate to assess likely energy and cost savings if certain improvements are made.
At the same time a detailed occupancy assessment will be made of your property. This information is then gathered together to produce a Green Deal Advice Report.
This report can then be used to arrange for the installation of improvements either from a registered Green Deal provider or installer.
Funding for the works may be possible through your chosen Green Deal provider.
Before a Green Deal Plan can be entered into all the necessary consents need to be in place. You should speak to your local planning authority to see what approvals you need and what type of information is required to process an application. See our page on Consents and Regulations for Energy Improvements to Older Homes for more information.
In addition, under the Green Deal Code of Practice your Green Deal Provider is obliged to "take reasonable steps to provide the improver with general advice on the need to obtain consent for the installation of improvements at the property and who consent may need to be obtained from."
The work may also need approval under the Building Regulations. These generally apply to new buildings but certain material alterations, such as renewing windows, can trigger the need to comply. Obtaining consent for this work lies with the Provider. See our page on Consents and Regulations for Energy Improvements to Older Homes for more information.
For more general information on the Green Deal see the Government's Green Deal pages.
Green Deal considerations for older buildings
Under the Green Deal historic buildings and those of traditional construction are classed as 'vulnerable buildings' and are defined as:
- A historic building (as defined in Building Regulations Approved Document L1B, 2010)
- A building constructed in a way that means that special care is required to ensure that the installation of improvements does not result in damage to or deterioration of the building fabric (this is likely to include most buildings constructed prior to 1914)
Improvements must be appropriate
The Green Deal Code of Practice states that when dealing with such buildings, the Green Deal Provider must take particular care to ensure that:
- The proposed improvements are appropriate for the building
- The finishes and fabric of the building are protected from damage resulting from installation of the improvements by using appropriate materials, products and specifications
Complex buildings need detailed appraisal
The Green Deal recognises that, for more complex older buildings, a more detailed appraisal may be required from an architect or surveyor with specialist skills. If the Green Deal Provider is in doubt about this they must consult the local authority's historic buildings or conservation officer.