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Monitor and check: one of the key lessons for the Green Deal

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 31 May 2012 at 11:49 am

Green Deal measures must be checked and monitored after installation to ensure that the quality is good and they are achieving the expected levels of performance.

Speaking at yesterday's FLASH Green Deal Conference, organised by the Institute of Sustainability, Paul Ruyssevelt of the Technology Strategy Board drew on findings from the Retrofit for the Future programme to identify challenges and lessons for the roll out of the Green Deal.

He recommended monitoring all the early installations to make sure standards are right, and for a sample to be checked on an ongoing basis.
Also vital to the success of the scheme, he said, is communication. "It is critically important that we have good communications," he said. "In retrofit we don't know what we're going to find."

Key lessons from Retrofit for the Future for the Green Deal are:

1. The Green Deal will need tried and tested technologies and systems
2. It will need high quality workmanship with standardised systems and processes.
3. It will need good resident / owner liaison. "The trade must be honest about what's going to happen. If we under-predict the disruption retrofit will cause, they will quickly become dissatisfied."
4. Need a whole house approach: "often things are treated as separate measures but the overlap between the trades is critical."

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