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Changes on the way for Domestic Energy Assessments?

Posted by Linn Rafferty on 11 August 2016 at 2:05 pm

Changes on the way for Domestic Energy Assessments?

I am a co-director of the Green Deal Advisor Association (GDAA), originally established to explore opportunities for domestic energy assessors (DEAs) within the previous government’s Green Deal scheme. Recently, GDAA’s auditing work for Ofgem has confirmed something that we probably a…

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How to read your Green Deal Advice Report: a case study

Posted by Linn Rafferty on 4 July 2013 at 2:39 pm

How to read your Green Deal Advice Report: a case study

YouGen user OldBarn had a less than satisfactory experience with the Green Deal and told his story in a comment on Cathy's blog. His comments are in italics - my responses are in plain text: Our house has oil fired central heating and reasonable energy efficiency (but hard to treat c…

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Why isn't draught-proofing EPC's number one recommendation?

Posted by Linn Rafferty on 29 April 2013 at 10:44 am

Why isn't draught-proofing EPC's number one recommendation?

Q: I've been wondering about how often the EPC suggests-draught proofing and extreme draught-proofing as the number 1 recommendation? 

Most homes built before the 1950s are really draughty, even if the new builds have low U values for walls, floors etc or good thick insulation, it is rat…

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Consumer protection in the Green Deal 3: EPC standard occupancy

Posted by Linn Rafferty on 18 January 2013 at 10:38 am

The previous instalment of my blog about Consumer Protection in Green Deal covered Green Deal Finance and the role of Green Deal Advisor.  I explained the Golden Rule, and how it depends on the calculated cost savings from installing the energy efficiency measure. We saw that the cost saving…

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Consumer protection in the Green Deal 2: green deal finance

Posted by Linn Rafferty on 3 December 2012 at 10:19 am

In this second instalment of my blog about Consumer Protection in Green Deal, we’ll cover Green Deal Finance, and particularly the Golden Rule and savings estimates, and the role of Green Deal Advisors in explaining this to their customer.    The Advisor needs to …

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Consumer protection in the Green Deal 1: the oversight body

Posted by Linn Rafferty on 20 November 2012 at 8:59 am

This is part one of a series of blogs introducing the key aspects of consumer protection in the Green Deal, including: The role of GD-ORB - the oversight and registration body – the Green Deal Code of Practice and Green Deal Mark; Green Deal finance, the Golden rule, …

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Green Deal advice revisited

Posted by Linn Rafferty on 13 February 2012 at 9:03 pm

Green Deal advice revisited

A little over a year ago, I wrote Green Deal - will the advice be good enough? for YouGen. Time moves on, and slowly we are seeing more detail about Green Deal, including how energy advice will be provided. The Green Deal will be launched in less than 9 months (October 2012), and this article pro…

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Homebuyer & sellers' guide to reading an EPC: part 2

Posted by Linn Rafferty on 25 November 2011 at 10:30 am

Homebuyer & sellers' guide to reading an EPC: part 2

Energy performance certificate (EPC) gives information that can be very helpful to both homebuyers and homesellers, but only if you know what to do with it. This article should be read in conjunction with previous guides to reading page one of the EPC for the buyers and renters, and for sellers. I w…

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Home seller's guide to buying an EPC: what to consider

Posted by Linn Rafferty on 28 September 2011 at 9:30 am

Home seller's guide to buying an EPC: what to consider

Just as all buyers should receive an EPC (energy performance certificate), all sellers have to show one to people thinking of buying their home, and this usually means having to pay for it yourself.  If your home already has an EPC, there is no legal requirement to replace it, so long as it is …

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House buyer's & renter's guide to reading an Energy Performance Certificate (part 1)

Posted by Linn Rafferty on 26 August 2011 at 9:30 am

House buyer's & renter's guide to reading an Energy Performance Certificate (part 1)

This is a detailed house-buyers / renters guide to reading an energy performance certificate (EPC). It covers what you should look for and what it all means. This first part, of two, looks at some first impressions, and how to read page one. Why is it important to me? People are sometimes…

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