Get trained and certified as appropriately qualified to authorise the treatment of hard-to-treat cavity walls under the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO)

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Background

ECO (Energy Companies Obligation) was introduced in January 2013 to reduce the UK’s energy consumption and support people living in fuel poverty. It did this by funding the installation of energy efficiency measures in low-income households and rural areas, and in properties that are harder to treat.

ECO covered the installation of measures like solid wall and hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation funded by energy suppliers obligated under the scheme to subsidise the initiative. The Government mandated that properties identified as ‘hard to treat’ must be signed off by a chartered surveyor to be eligible for funding.

At the time this provided a fantastic opportunity for individual chartered surveyors across the country experienced in surveying houses and flats to hone their skills to be able to produce templated reports in line with the requirements in new legislation opening the door to a completely new fee earning opportunity to sit alongside core surveyor and valuer services.

We established an ECO Assessor Certification scheme to facilitate this. However, the scheme is now on hold pending a government review.

The Bonfield Review

In October 2015 the Secretaries of State for DECC and DCLG, Amber Rudd and Greg Clark commissioned Dr Peter Bonfield to chair an Independent Review of Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for UK home energy efficiency and renewable energy measures including ECO.

The review will cover the following issues:

  • Consumer advice and protection: what supports consumers’ decisions ahead of an installation and what assistance is available when things go wrong?
  • Standards framework: what ensures that the right products are fitted to the right properties in the right way during the installation?
  • Monitoring and enforcement: what ensures that poor quality work is dealt with effectively, and do the arrangements for audit, compliance-checking and sanctions provide sufficient assurance of this?

The review will not cover:

  • New build properties. It will focus on the installation of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures in existing properties.
  • Building Regulations’ requirements. It will however look at the interaction between regulations and the framework of standards, and assess whether they need to be clarified to help consumers.

We've  made a submission to the review on 3rd February 2016 - this can be downloaded below.

The review is expected to report to both Secretaries of State by March 2016.

Further details and guidance can be found on the Ofgem website.

Further information

Phone 02476 868 584 (09:00 - 17:00 Mon-Fri)
Email training@rics.org


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