In response to the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council's (HHIC) comment on the Green Deal needing installer support to survive, NAPIT has called for installers and advisors to get behind the government initiative.
According to the latest Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) Green Deal statistics, 163,096 assessments were lodged up to the end of February 2014, up from 145,098 at the end of January. The 17,998 assessments carried out in February was the highest number lodged in any month to date and 18% higher than the number in January. However, these statistics are still being regarded as disappointing by many, after the high hopes the industry had for the scheme.
Despite the doom and gloom surrounding the statistics, there are positive signs to encourage installers and advisors to get involved. According to DECC's Wave 3 of the Green Deal Assessment Survey, 89% of respondents said they would have, are in the process of, or have had measures installed under the Green Deal.
David Cowburn, managing director of NAPIT Certification, said: "The government's Green Deal has yet to deliver the promise it held before its launch last year. However, there are plenty of opportunities out there to get involved. With tens of thousands of assessments being carried out every month, the demand for energy efficiency measures is certainly out there and we would encourage installers and advisors to place themselves in a position to take advantage of the business that the Green Deal is generating and get behind the scheme to ensure its success."
NAPIT offers MCS and Green Deal certification for installers and advice organisations working in the renewables and energy efficiency industries, as well as a range of training courses.