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CEO ECO Update 13 March 2017

ECO2t Funding Available for 1st April

Happy Energy has funding available for installers for ECO2t starting on the 1st April, with funding for both CERO and HHCRO. Contact us now to find out what rates you can receive and to secure your contract for the coming year. As part of the Happy Energy installer network, you will be provided with the latest industry information to ensure that you are up to date with the latest changes and to ensure that your work remains compliant. As a Happy network installer we will also provide advice on what we believe are the best measures to target and help you to unlock opportunities for cost and carbon savings that you may not have considered.  To find out about our ECO funding rates and to secure your budget for April please email peter@happyenergy.co.uk 

New Deemed Score Lookup and Analysis Tool

Happy Energy has just released a new online deemed score look up tool. Rather than just being able to look up one score at a time, the new tool allows your staff to quickly filter the deemed score funding to provide customers with an indicative grant and it can also list multiple measures for the property so you can see at a glance what the best measures are to maximise funding for you and your customer.

The advanced filtering also allows you to search for all measures that meet a certain criteria, for example, you may want to find all bead cavity wall insulation jobs worth more than £3,000 or all loft top ups with 100mm+ existing worth more than £500 so you can target your marketing and lead generation staff.

The new tool is available exclusively to staff of installers that submit ECO funding to Happy Energy so contact us now to discuss your ECO funding requirements and to gain access to the tool.

Room-in-Roof Insulation – Farewell Slidey Slopey

Well you can’t say I didn’t warn you. It looks like there will soon be written confirmation that the sliding up of insulation between the tiles and the sloping ceilings as part of a room in roof job will no longer be acceptable under ECO. There was some expectation that the rule would apply when PAS2030: 2017 kicked in from the 1st June, however, it is now looking like the date will be the 1st April. Whilst there may be some opportunity for transition in early April, installers should prepare themselves to have to overboard all sloping ceiling to achieve a u-value of at least 0.35 (roughly 60mm insulation backed plasterboard) from the 1st April.

PAS2030: 2017 – Are you Compliant?

From the 1st June this year, all installers working under ECO will need to install works in compliance with PAS2030: 2017. However, most installers are only certified to PAS2030: 2014. Ofgem have however confirmed that installers can be certified to either standard, as long as the installer is working to the 2017 standards.

Installers must therefore buy the latest standard from the BSI and thoroughly read the new requirements. This is not just a quick update with a tweak here and there, the 2017 standard has some fundamental changes in it which place additional requirements on installers. An example being the requirement for all cavity wall insulation surveys to be independently checked prior to commencement.

Cavity wall insulation – As a minimum the pre-installation building inspection shall be accompanied by evidence that the findings of the pre-installation building inspection have been independently checked by an appropriately qualified person prior to commencement of installation, with at least a randomly selected 1 in 10 of those checks (minimum of 1) including physical inspection of the building by an appropriately qualified person.

Installers who fail to read, understand and comply with the 2017 standard will come a cropper in June, as the work will be rejected by energy suppliers and Ofgem. So grab your copy of PAS and get a strong coffee as you may need it.

POPT Goes the Weasel

POPT house

Good luck calculating the POPT of this RIR!

The kerfuffle about Percent of Property Treated rumbles on, with members of the supply chain, trade bodies and some energy suppliers expressing concerns about the way that POPT is to be implemented come April. POPT is different to Percent of Measure Installed (POMI) and is a new phenomenon being introduced to allow deemed scores to be adjusted where a whole property has not been treated. The controversy revolves mainly around extensions and conservatories, the areas of which will need to be deducted from any deemed score for loft or wall insulation.

So, if you are insulating a 40m2 loft of a 3 bed semi and it has an extension which has an 8m2 flat roof, you will need to reduce the loft deemed score by 20% (deductions are rounded to the nearest 10%). Ditto with the walls, if the extension is already insulated you will need to add it to the total wall area and only claim for the percentage of wall area you insulate. Conservatories are still a bit up in the air, but based on current information, for a loft measure you will need to deduct the area of the conservatory roof even if it is made of glass, or you could be pedantic and stick some fibreglass on the glass with double sided tape?

So when the Ofgem guidance is finally released, I would advise you to share the information across your business and to any lead gen companies to ensure not only that you claim the correct POPT, but also that you have collected adequate evidence in the form of photos of all sides of the property, floor plans and, if necessary, elevations. Come back EPCs, all is forgiven!

Time to Look at ECO Software?

In a world with tens of thousands of deemed scores to manage and with funding being lost due to claims having missing documents or boxes not ticked, we believe that it is worth looking at utilising dedicated ECO software to manage your end to end process. Happy Energy has partnered with ECO Surv, a company which provides a comprehensive ECO delivery tool with a complete suite of survey and installation iPad and iPhone apps to enable the collection of all ECO forms, date stamped photographs, technical surveys, customer signatures and completion paperwork such as electrical and Gas Safe certification. When works are complete, you can create your submission through the system including the automatic naming of files and creation of submission spreadsheets. It sounds like I am on commission to sell ECO Surv but I am not (honest), we just think it is a good system and any money you spend to use the system is likely to be saved several times over in reduced compliance costs and clawbacks.

Happy Energy is offering enhanced ECO rates for installers using ECO Surv because we believe we can be more confident that the claim will be complete and will require less checking and corrections than a manually created claim. For more information about the software please go to www.eco-surv.co.uk, email hello@eco-surv.co.uk or call 0161 818 8851.

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