Green Deal enjoys 332 per cent increase in interest
The number of Green Deal assessments shot up from just over 1,700 to 7,465 between February and March – a 332 per cent increase, reports businessgreen.com.
While it is important to note these are records of energy efficiency assessments rather than of people actually paying for improvements, the difference in interest since February is encouraging. The Green Deal aims to provide people with access to funds to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
The Green Deal offers fantastic new commercial opportunities
Climate change minister Greg Barker responded by highlighting the commercial impact, saying:
“The number of businesses coming on board continues to rise steadily, underlining that the Green Deal offers fantastic new commercial opportunities. Forty-eight firms are now authorised as providers, with a further 831 registered to carry out installations and more than a thousand individuals registered to offer assessments.
“Overall this is a really promising start for the Green Deal.”
The government will release figures in the summer on how many people actually sign up to turn their properties into more eco-friendly buildings – officials are confident the conversion rate will be high due to the payment structures in place, with the assessment fee coming off the final cost.
According to architectsjournal.co.uk, these statistics will be published in June. UK Green Building Council representative Richard Griffiths stressed that the real measure of the success of the Green Deal will be seen in this summer’s report.
Author: Paul Smithson Date Written: 18 April 2013