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CEO ECO Update 6 April 2017

Ready, set, wait a bit, wait a bit more….GO!

The hotly awaited ECO2t came into force on the 29 March following parliamentary approval of the Electricity and Gas (Energy Company Obligation) (Amendment) Order 2017.  The order extends the current round of ECO until September 2018 and ditches the old EPC and chartered surveyor report in favour of the new deemed scores.

So, the legislation is live and I imagine you are all out there installing lots of work?  No?  Well, probably like a lot of companies you are waiting for a funding contract, the relevant ECO2t forms and guidance and some idea how you submit the work to your funder?  Unsurprisingly, energy suppliers have been waiting for the legislation to come into force before issuing contracts and Ofgem, along with us folk at the ECO Working Groups, have been busy pulling together all of the new forms which has not been at all straightforward.  Word on the street is that most energy suppliers’ software will not be ready to take any work under ECO2t until the end of April at the earliest and Ofgem are not expected to issue their guidance until the 11th April.

Yesterday Ofgem released the Deemed Score Survey, or as compliance people will now call it, the DSSY, or shall we all call it the Dizzy as that is probably how it will make you feel?  Apologies in advance as a lot of page 1 and 2 were drafted by me, sadly when I was supposed to be on holiday, but trust me, getting all of this information down in one place, including the POPT, will save a lot of compliance headaches and confusion later on.  The Dizzy doesn’t need to be filled in on the first visit to the home and can be part completed by a lead generator and then finalised during a technical survey, or even at installation stage.  Various other forms have also been released and all can be found on the Ofgem website here

 

ECO2t Funding Available – Right Now!

Installers looking for funding for ECO2t should get in touch with our very own ECO Brum Peter Brooke peter@happyenergy.co.uk .  Happy Energy has funding for both HHCRO and CERO so get in touch, grab your budget and get going with the delights of deemed scores!

 

Free Happy Energy ECO2t Webinars and Online Guides

ECO2t brings with it a wide range of changes, these changes need to filter down through the entire supply chain, from marketing companies and lead generators, through to surveyors, installers, compliance teams, funders and energy suppliers.  With documents having only just been released and guidance not available for up to another week, you and your staff may find yourself stuck in limbo, struggling to find the information you need and worried that if you do go ahead and install works, that you may be claiming the wrong amount or that the value of funding is very different to what you were expecting

As always, never fear as Happy is here!  Britain is a big place and we understand that it is not always easy for you or your staff to attend workshops.  Being based in Cornwall ourselves we know that sometime the “central” locations where workshops are held can still be several hours drive and with us all being super busy, dragging half your company out for a day is not practical, even if the coffee and shortbread biscuits are free.  Happy Energy will therefore be publishing the following comprehensive online webinar guides (narrated by yours truly) for you and your staff to watch at your leisure:

  • Deemed scores – where do I find them, how do they work and how do you apply POMI and POPT to them?
  • Deemed Score Survey – How to correctly complete the Dizzy
  • POMI and POPT – Find out how to correctly calculate the Percentage of Measure Installed (POMI) and the Percentage of Property Treated (POPT) this one is essential viewing! Includes various photos and examples of property types you may come across.
  • Room in Roof Survey – If you think you know how to use this form, think again! If you install room in roof insulation, you and your staff need to watch this.
  • Lead heaven* – Want to target homes with a room in roof in your local county? Looking for electrically heated homes that need a loft top up in a specific postcode area?  Find out how to do it for free.
  • Goldmines* – there is gold in them there hills! Which deemed scores will give you the most money, where are those golden nuggets and what do you need to know to maximise the opportunities of ECO2t?

*The Lead Heaven and Goldmines video will be password controlled and only available for installers who work with Happy Energy

These online guides will be made available this weekend so keep an eye on our LinkedIn ECO group and Twitter account @happyenergyuk to get updates when these guides are uploaded.

 

NIA and ATMA RIR Best Practice Guide Released

A small group of people from the National Association of Insulation (NIA) including myself, the Association of Technical Monitoring Agents (ATMA) and representatives from material manufacturers, have been beavering away for the last 4 months or so on a best practice guide for room in roof insulation.  With the lack of any guidance or standards associated with room in roof, the NIA and ATMA agreed that a document needed to be drafted to try and create some clarity and to avoid instances like the retrospective action taken by Ofgem regarding party and gable walls.

In producing the guide, it was identified that the sliding up of insulation board between the tiles and the sloping ceilings, was not approved by the board manufacturers.  This has led to the effective outlawing of this technique as of the 1st April, with over boarding now the only acceptable and practical method.  Whilst some installers may have been disappointed by this change, at least the issue was identified ahead of contracts being negotiated for ECO2t, everyone knows where they are, how the work should be completed and the risk of retrospective action is diminished.  And if we are all honest with ourselves, whilst many installers undertook the slidey slopey method with well-trained surveyors and installers, the presence of noggins, lathe and plaster ceilings and fluctuating gaps between joists, must have led to jobs being completed to less than ideal standards?

The new NIA and ATMA guide is referenced in PAS 2030: 2017 so must be followed for works to be compliant with ECO.  The guide can be downloaded here along with the pre installation survey here  for free.  A big thanks to all involved, but special thanks to Phil Hodgson of Llewellyn Smith for gifting their own training manual to act as the basis of the guide, to Adrian Hull of THS Inspections for chairing meetings and being lumbered with making most of the final changes and Ian Bowers of Aran Services for drafting the accompanying RIR survey form which is also available alongside the guide.

For details of joining the NIA please contact bev.hodson@nia-uk.org

 

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