Kier signs up to Green Deal
Published by Elizabeth Pokorny for Kier Services in Housing
Kier receives Green Deal accreditation
Kier Services, a division of Kier Group, is the latest ‘big name’ organisation to receive Green Deal accreditation from leading certification body NICEIC.
Green Deal is the Government’s flagship initiative to reduce energy emissions from homes and buildings across the UK. Last month the new Energy Company Obligations (ECO) was launched, with the aim of making up to 14 million homes more efficient through insulation, draught proofing, double glazing and other measures which are designed to reduce the energy usage.
Kier Services is the UK's leading provider of specialist services to the public and private sector, with capabilities ranging from facilities management, building maintenance and environmental services, through to energy solutions, estates and strategic asset management. Kier Services is now certified to carry out installer work as part of its maintenance business under the Green Deal initiative.
Scott Murray, head of energy at Kier, said, “Kier has a great track record in providing repairs and maintenance in the housing sector, maintaining in excess of 300,000 homes - together with success in delivering similar government backed energy efficient and funded schemes such as the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) and CERT. As these current initiatives are phased out, Kier aims to be at the forefront of the Government’s new flagship initiative, not only helping to reduce carbon emissions by fitting energy efficiency measures, but by working with customers to consider changes in their behaviours to help combat the challenges of fuel poverty.”
Kier Services will also be exhibiting at , where delegates will be able to see an external wall insulation time lapse DVD, a Green Deal assessment app and archetype brochure.
NICEIC offer certification to any business wishing to become a Green Deal installer or advisor. The certification process ensures standards are maintained by any business undertaking Green Deal work for consumers.
Green Deal approval involves checks of all quality procedures within an organisation in addition to an ability to carry out the work. By going through these rigorous checks customers can have confidence in the firm they select to carry out the work.
Green Deal Project Manager at NICEIC, Nick Wright, said: “We are delighted to have worked with Kier on this important initiative. Green Deal installers will be responsible for carrying out the work which will see millions of homes across the UK upgraded to improve energy efficiency.
“It is vital that all firms carrying out this type of work have the correct and appropriate procedures in place. Consumers need to have confidence in the firms they employ to make Green Deal a success.”
Green Deal installers will be responsible for carrying out energy improvement work on properties once the Green Deal plan has been put in place. Only those firms with the appropriate approval in place can carry out improvement work under the Green Deal scheme.
Kier is exhibiting at Homes 2012, a new exhibition and conference for those involved in asset management, repairs and maintenance, retrofitting and sustainability in housing. The event takes place between 14-15 November at ExCel in London, where delegates can choose from a diverse programme of seminars, debates, networking and speakers.