The Coalition hope to update 14 million homes under the Green Deal as part of plans to reduce carbon emissions.
Despite months to prepare, 600 trained builders on standby and the involvement of 40 organisations, including household names like B&Q and British Gas, it looks like few people are interested – nevermind queuing up to be the first in line for a loan.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) admitted that so far only five people have registered on a central log to show they have been assessed and are ready to take out a loan.
And this is just an obvious effect of government involvement:
There is also concern that smaller builders, that many people rely on, are not accredited to carry out the assessments.
The Federation of Master Builders, the UK’s biggest building trade body, said only one firm from its 10,000-strong membership has signed up to become an accredited Green Deal installer.
Brian Barry, Chief Executive of the federation, said local firms do not have the time or money to spend on training.
Yes, we can all imagine how the bureaucracy would make it expensive to be accredited to install loft insulation, can\’t we?
It might be rather fun to try and see just how much it does cost to become accredited. What the training requirements are. Anyone willing to place a bet on there being diversity requirements?