IMPROVEMENTS to the Green Deal installer qualifications specification could make it easier and cheaper for construction firms to take part in the Green Deal.
That was the call of CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board, and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), in response to the consultation on the draft Green Deal installer skills and qualifications specification – PAS (Publicly Available Specification) 2030.
Both organisations thought the PAS 2030 specification could be improved if it was aligned to the Competent Person Schemes (CPS), which allows firms to self-certify that their work complies with the Building Regulations as an alternative to submitting a building notice. This change would reduce the cost for installers to take advantage of the Green Deal work.
Mark Farrar, Chief Executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills said:
“We are encouraged that the draft PAS 2030 reflects the input from CITB-ConstructionSkills, The FMB, The National Specialist Contractors’ Council (NSCC), The Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) and The National Insulation Association (NIA). One way in which we believe the PAS could be improved would be to align them to the Competent Person Schemes which would reduce the costs for Green Deal installers and would make it easier for them to participate in the work the Green Deal will offer.”
“The Green Deal may create an estimated 100,000 jobs by 2020 – and by this point the Government aims to have retrofitted 14m homes with energy saving equipment, so it is vital construction firms can take full advantage of this scheme.”
The PAS 2030 specification proposed for the first time the specific skills, qualifications and other requirements that construction firms and installers will need to take advantage of the opportunities that will emerge when the Green Deal is rolled out in October 2012. The specification was put out to a consultation which ended on 24 October.
It was formulated by a working group including CITB-ConstructionSkills, The FMB, trade associations from the building, energy, construction and manufacturing sectors, business and consumers.
Brian Berry, Director of External Affairs at the Federation of Master Builders said:
“The FMB is very keen to ensure that there is transparency and openness in the development of qualifications that installers have to comply with for Green Deal work. The installer requirements for Green Deal work need to relate back to the National Occupational Standards (NOS) which is why the PAS 2030 needs to be amended accordingly to ensure that this common approach is adopted across all sectors in the construction industry. We are therefore pleased to be working with ConstructionSkills to achieve this aim which we believe will make it easier, cheaper and fairer for Green Deal installers.”